Accidently formatted and deleted the recovery partition.

ClownWalker

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Hello, my laptop had some problems : freezing, not launching apps, startup repair not fixing anything.

So I decided to reinstall Windows 7 though a USB, like I always do with my PC. Everything went fine until midway through the installation process.
I first got the error 0x80FE0000 telling me some files were missing or something.
Then after trying again I got another error telling me I couldn't install on this disk.

Turns out I had formated and erased all the factory partitions, including the recovery partition of about 30GB. Now I got only one big HDD of 500GB.

Should I still be able to install windows 7 from scratch on my laptop after formatting all the disks and partitions or do I need this recovery partition? I installed windows on desktops before but never on laptops, is it any different?

Thank you for your time.
 

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The recovery would make it like you just bought it. I would recommend reinstalling anyway just to get all the bloatware from the manufacture off the computer anyways.

But yes all you need is media that is the same version you already had installed and the cd key.
 

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Yes, you should be able to do a clean install on your clean laptop HDD. Get your programs installed and then make your own disk image backup for your own new "recovery" drive.
 

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Its no different, as long as you have the Windows Key for that laptop you can use a media (as long as its the same version) to install windows again.


If your laptop had windows 7 home 64bit you have to use a windows 7 home 64 bit disc, usb drive, or whatever else to install windows. You cant use a window 7 pro 64bit disc as the files are a little different
 

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So I have no need for a recovery disk from the manufacturer?
Only my windows ISO and my Windows Key?
 

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The recovery would make it like you just bought it. I would recommend reinstalling anyway just to get all the bloatware from the manufacture off the computer anyways.

But yes all you need is media that is the same version you already had installed and the cd key.
 

ClownWalker

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Thanks m8. Will try to clean and format the hdd through command prompt and then install with windows installation.
 

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Well, the hard drive doesn't show up in the installation anymore, not even in command prompt, not even in the bios. I guess I can't do anything to recover it or make it show up?
 

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It didn't. So I opened up my laptop, unplugged the HDD and put it back in. Start it again, now it shows in the bios.
 
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