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    I have recently reset my laptop back to factory settings, but i no longer have the recovery disks for the laptop. it was done via the hp utility and the D: recovery partition.

    The disks were left behind when an old relationship ended, and disapeared.

    All is well at the moment, but the system will not allow me to recreate these disks, as i hoped it would once it was reset to factory settings (my xp computer does let me after each reset!)

    My question is, is there a registry key, or file i could alter to trick the computer into thinking these disks have not yet been created? or will i have to hope i never need them?

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    Hi Mr Darn:

    Have you written to HP and ask for a new CD's ?

    I just did the same thing with Dell. I got two CD's, Operating system and applications disk. They were "free" no charges of any kind.

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    Check out this site:
    http://www.pctechbytes.com/hp-recovery-cd.htm

    Charlie

    This gives you directions for HP, but Compaq is similar
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    For Compaq PCs, click Compaq and then Compaq PC Recovery CD Creator to start the program.
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    Click Compaq , click Compaq PC Tools , and then Recovery CD Creator

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    Thanks for the link charlie, but that is basically exactly what i have done so far... but lost the disks.

    BG, any idea where i should write to in the UK?
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    If the recovery partition is still on the hard drive, you should be able to recreate the disks. If it isn't then, you will need to contact HP/Compaq. Charlie

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    the partition is there, and i can format the C: and reinstall the OS from it, but it will not let me create a second set of disks, it just returns the error "1 set of recovery disks has already been created for this PC, you cannot create another."
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    I was able to track down info for HP. Compaq may be the same or similar. With HP, when you create a set of recovery disks, it creates a file, hpcd.sys , in both the C and D drive. If those files exist, you can't make a set of disks. The files are hidden, so first you need to show hidden files. Find the files and rename to hpcd.bak (just in case you need them). Now you should be able to make another set. The files on Compaq may be a different name, perhaps
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    Thats what i was looking for!

    recovery disk created! thanks bud! 8)
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    Did you succeed Mr Darn?

    I have a Compaq Presario V6000 and have the same problem, I have lost one of the recovery cd's I created with the software bundled and now I can't create another set of discs.

    I can't find the hpcd.sys files, it doesn't exist... What did you do?

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    I have found the solution.

    1. Download and install WinRAR (http://www.win-rar.com/download.html). This will allow you to view the contents of the locked Recovery Partition (D Drive).

    2. Open WinRAR and navigate to the D Drive.

    3. In the root of the D Drive. Delete the following files: "hpcd.sys", "RCBoot.sys" and "DRECOVERY" (This may vary depending on your model. Look for *.sys files with 0 byte size.) The recovery software creates these files to denote that you had written or started writing a set of recovery disks, but when you began writing the disks and then updated the software, something went wrong.

    4. Close WinRAR

    5. Run your HP Backup and Recovery Manager and create your DVDs/CDs

    It worked for me on a Compaq Presario V6000

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