[SOLVED] Question About Copying Hidden Acer Recovery Partition

ryevick

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I have an Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG and I want to upgrade both drives. I believe when I upgraded the OS & Recovery partitions before they may have been transferred incorrectly. Shouldn't the Recovery partition be at the beginning/front of the drive/volume? I'd have to look again when I have my laptop but the Recovery partition is now somewhere in the middle. What I want to do is reinstall Windows fresh wiping everything back to factory. Should I do this before or after installing the new SSD and copying the hidden drive? I would like to have the hidden partition copied to the beginning of the new SSD and then do a factory reset from there.

Thoughts?
 
I just upgraded my laptop HDD to SSD and forum moderator USAFRet recommended Macrium Reflect to clone my HDD to a new drive. I also wanted to keep a factory recovery partition.

I used a USB3 HDD Dock like this https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-External-Docking-Station-EC-UBLB/dp/B075GJ3P3B?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1&psc=1 and simply cloned my HDD to the new SSD i had plugged into it. It will copy the HDD as it including all partitions.

Here's a guide:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LClr3FPg4_4


If you plan on putting a larger HDD/SSD then after the cloning is done you can extended whatever partition volume you want afterwords in Disk Manger.
 

Colif

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can you share screenshots of disk management?

Why do you want to reset to factory settings?

Easier to just clean install win 10 on ssd and not try to copy hidden partitions that you may not need. remove other drive before you do so.

Win 10 by default will create a recovery partition when you install it

Partition 1 - Recovery

Partition 2 - System - The EFI System partition that contains the NTLDR, HAL, Boot.txt, and other files that are needed to boot the system, such as drivers.

Partition 3 - MSR - The Microsoft Reserved (MSR) partition that reserves space on each disk drive for subsequent use by operating system software.

Partition 4 - Primary - Where Windows is to be installed to.
 
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I just upgraded my laptop HDD to SSD and forum moderator USAFRet recommended Macrium Reflect to clone my HDD to a new drive. I also wanted to keep a factory recovery partition.

I used a USB3 HDD Dock like this https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-External-Docking-Station-EC-UBLB/dp/B075GJ3P3B?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1&psc=1 and simply cloned my HDD to the new SSD i had plugged into it. It will copy the HDD as it including all partitions.

Here's a guide:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LClr3FPg4_4


If you plan on putting a larger HDD/SSD then after the cloning is done you can extended whatever partition volume you want afterwords in Disk Manger.
 

ryevick

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"EasierEasier to just clean install win 10 on ssd and not try to copy hidden partitions that you may not need. remove other drive before you do so.

Win 10 by default will create a recovery partition when you install it

Partition 1 - Recovery

Partition 2 - System - The EFI System partition that contains the NTLDR, HAL, Boot.txt, and other files that are needed to boot the system, such as drivers.

Partition 3 - MSR - The Microsoft Reserved (MSR) partition that reserves space on each disk drive for subsequent use by operating system software.

Partition 4 - Primary - Where Windows is to be installed to."


How is this done?
 

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