Solved Restore Recovery Partition Without a USB Flash Drive?


BastianSuivera

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Hi,

I tried cloning a disk to another one with the AOMEI Partition Assistant tool and it seemed successful but I tried booting from the clone disk and it goest straight to blue screen saying error 0xc00000e, if I try F1 for recovery environment it just reboots to same screen, and if I try the other option F8 for startup settings it just flashes the screen quickly and nothing else happens, stays in same screen, and if I hit F8 repeatedly during boot it doesnt invoke recovery environment either

I tried rebuild MBR from the AOMEI tool, nothing
The clone is a Micron SATA SSD I have connected to another pc via SATA to USB adapter
Unfortunately I don't have a USB flash drive to try to create a bootable media using the official Win tool
I did download the Win10 ISO, mounted it virtually, ran the setup but it only seems to be willing to install to current system drive, not the SSD connected on USB, I don't see any option during setup to repair another Windows installation or anything
Is there any way I can repair the Windows 10 in the cloned drive with the gear I have? Another working laptop with Win11 + the SATA USB adapter? No USB Flash

I believe the recovery partition is broken or missing, but I think it was like that in the original disk, like, it's not meant to run the recovery
I say this because (and correct me if I'm wrong) well, recovery doesnt run and also I notice the recov partition says 433MB available of 449MB, like, there's barely anything in it
Also, the partition is visible and accessible from Windows Explorer on my other computer, although no files are inside, even after activating hidden files
EDIT: Nvm, I just noticed in the original disk it says 450MB available of 450MB, 100% available

I do have access to the original drive, where the clone came from, but I should not attempt to modify it in any way, should take no risks with it whatsoever, a "read-only policy"

Thank you very very much this is very important for me :(
Best for you all!
 

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Insert the cloned disk.
Boot from a USB-Disk
go to command prompt
usually these commands:

bcdedit /set {current} device partition=C:
bcdedit /set {current} osdevice partition=C:


solve the problem

Another working laptop with Win11 + the SATA USB adapter?
Yes, but much more complicated
You should have fixed the Recovery on the original, before you cloned it!
 
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@BastianSuivera
Why not re-clone the drive and this time, make sure you include all 3 partitions, EFI, System (Windows) and Recovery.

Be aware, that the EFI and Recovery partitions do NOT have drive letters assigned, so they do not show up in Windows, which may make it difficult to select them when cloning with AOMEI?

Make sure you clone the disk and NOT just a partition.
 
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I tried cloning a disk to another one

Disk clone or system clone ? They are not the same.

Unfortunately I don't have a USB flash drive

If you can see the disk from another operating system post a screenshot of diskmgmt window.
 
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@POLYSIUS
Hi, thanks for your reply, idchieve this without a USB flash, I don't have one and buying one only to test something I'm not sure will work seems a bit unnecessary if it's possible without it

@trumpy81
Hi, thanks for your answer, yes, I did a full disk clone, not partition clone, it did format the destination disk entirely, the micron SATA SSD, but I did notice source disk was GPT and destination was MBR, I cloned, noticed it didn't work, THEN changed cloned disk to MBR, then, rebuilt MBR, still notjing

@SIW2
Hi, thank you for your answer, in the image, Disk1 is the original, source disk, Disk2 is the Clone
I just noticed:
1. on the clone disk, the recovery partition says "datos basicos/basic data", instead of "recovery partition" as in the original
2. The EFI partition has a name in the clone "ESP" and also says basic data, in the original has no name and says EFI partition
3. There is a 128GB "RAW" partition, basic data, I dont know where this partition comes from, it's not in the original
 

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It's the worst partition layout I have ever seen.
Do not make a clone of s.th. that isn't worth to be cloned!
Run a clean installation on disk 2 and your problem is solved. For ever!
During setup delete all partitions on disk 2!
 

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WIN 11 and the Recovery Partition on disk 0 is not his problem!
 
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It's the worst partition layout I have ever seen.
Do not make a clone of s.th. that isn't worth to be cloned!
Run a clean installation on disk 2 and your problem is solved. For ever!
During setup delete all partitions on disk 2!
The original disk was given to me like that, and like I said, I can't mess it with at all, read only, shouldn't attempt any modification to that disk

UPDATE: I tried re-cloning the disk (yes, entire disk) with the AOMEI tool and now it's showing a different error (I think)
The first time I try to boot it shows same original error 0xc00000e
But if I press F1, it reboots and shows a different one 0xc0000098

I THINK it didn't do this on the first cloning

ALSO, now in diskmgmt the RECOVERY partition on clone disk doesnt say anything, although it does show as a drive in windows explorer with the name "Recovery"
 

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I didn't tell you to mess disk1! That disk isn't worth to be cloned!
Run a clean WIN10 installation on disk2!
 

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I didn't tell you to mess disk1! That disk isn't worth to be cloned!
Run a clean WIN10 installation on disk2!
I can't, I need an exact copy of disk1 with the same software, everything the same, the same windows user, etc
I cannot start reinstalling things on cloned disk as they wouldn't work without the same user data and Windows profile

UPDATE: I did a "Rebuild MBR" on the cloned disk (after re-cloning) and now it shows the Lenovo screen with the spinning white dots in the bottom, they spin for say 20 secs and they freeze entirely, during the spinning I notice from my SATA SSD adapter it's not read or writing bec the lights are still.
This is ALMOST EXACTLY what happens with the original disk if I try to boot it from my laptop
(I say almost bec, I don't know if this has any relevance, with the original disk it doesn't show the Lenovo banner, only the spinning wheel which freezes)
Btw my lap is a Lenovo X1 Yoga Gen 6
The original disk comes from a mini CPU Dell Vyse
I read this frozen spinning wheel is due to drivers issue and can be fixed by repairing boot or booting into safe mode, but I can't seem to load recovery, even if I try 3-5 times failed boot, it won't invoke recovery, neither with F8.
I wasn't willing to mess with the windows installation in the original disk but since this is a clone, I can mess with this one.

How can I repair this boot? (Without a USB flash drive)

Thanksssssssss
 

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1. Run a Backup of the Windows Partition (only) of Disk 1.
2. Run a clean installation on disk 2
3. Run a Recovery from (1.) to your Windows Partition on disk2.

That works.
 

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1. Run a Backup of the Windows Partition (only) of Disk 1.
2. Run a clean installation on disk 2
3. Run a Recovery from (1.) to your Windows Partition on disk2.

That works.
When you say "run a clean installation on disk 2", that requires a usb flash drive, doesn't it?
 

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Not necessarily, but if you don't want to invest 5 $ for a 8 GB USB disk ...
 

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You can buy a USB Flash drive online and have it delivered to your house/work. You don't even need to get dressed.
 

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You can buy a USB Flash drive online and have it delivered to your house/work. You don't even need to get dressed.
Yes, I gave up and recurred to that, ordered online, hopefully will arrive today in a couple hours, will post the outcome
If this works, there'd be a night and day difference in my life
 

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Looks like the partition ids havent been carried over correctly to the target disk. The source disk layout is a bit odd which might account for it.

Btw my lap is a Lenovo X1 Yoga Gen 6
The original disk comes from a mini CPU Dell Vyse

There are two different things

1. Getting the disk cloned correctly

2. Booting it up on different hardware

I would use dikgenius os migrate. Select the os on disk 1. Add the other partitions on disk 1. Select disk 2 as the target.

( if there are several os diskgenius migrate will allow you to select which one to migrate. It will auto select the other partitions needed by that os. If there are more partitions on the source disk, click "manage partitions" and add them )

After the migration have a look at the 3rd party drivers on your curently booting os and see if there are any significantly different from the what is in the cloned os.

Easy to do with dism ++ . Any differences can be exported from your current os to a folder. Then added to the cloned os
 
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    Win7
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    gigabyte b365m ds3h
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    2x8gb 3200mhz
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    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
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    cryorig m9i
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    pentium g5400
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    gigabyte b365m ds3h
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    1x8gb 2400
    PSU
    xfx pro 450
After choosing which os to migrate it auto selects only the partitions needed by that os

if there are any other partitions on the source they can be added


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dg-migrate-add-partition5.jpg

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    Win7
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    i5-8400
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    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    2x8gb 3200mhz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    benq gw2480
    PSU
    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
    Cooling
    cryorig m9i
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    win7
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    pentium g5400
    Motherboard
    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    1x8gb 2400
    PSU
    xfx pro 450
Omg, I thought this would be pretty simple and that I knew a lil bit about these topics but I still can't get it! (Thank you all for your efforts and tips tho)

So, I accepted to buy a USB flash drive 64GB, used official Win10 media creation tool (I noticed it made the windows partition in the flash drive 31,9GB instead of the full 58,59gb available in whole disk, I guess some compatibility reasons or smth?)

I tried using the bootable USB drive to repair the Win10 installation with "Repair this PC > Troubleshooting > Startup Repair, it shows "Diagnosing this PC" then "attempting repair" and then goes back to a blue screen saying that Startup Repair was unable to repair the boot

I tried making a clean Win10 installation on the SATA SSD (on which I want to have the cloned system), using the media creation tool, click in Installa Now, it detects my working Win11 MVNe, I had to physically remove that drive, then it detects the SATA SSD on USB drive but it says that windows cannot install to a drive connected through USB?!
This happens with both options of the installation wizard; Upgrade, and the other one

I tried formatting and deleting all partitions in SATA SSD USB but still Win10 installation says same thing, cannot install to drive connected over USB
I even tried using a USB A to USB C converter, same thing
Also tried creating a single basic partition using the entire disk (477GB) but same error cannot install to usb disk

Omg I feel so noob, I'm sorry, I try but... I need help :(

Thank you very very very much

OH, BY THE WAY, I tried the DiskGenius tool, it feels solid, better than AEIOME or whatever tool, now I dont ever get the blue error screen 0xc00000e nor the 0xc0000098; I only get the black screen with spinning wheel that freezes after like 30 secs, it never invokes recovery, no matter if multiple failed boot attempts

I will try tomorrow from another laptop in which I can put the SATA SSD as internal drive, not via USB, see how that goes
 
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You should not try s.th. ! You should do s.th!
Do you want to install WIN 10 on the same machine as WIN11?

YOU don't have to remove any disk, if it's like that.​

And don't follow charlatans, telling you that it's better to have separate ESP-Partitions for each disk

Important: If you need help, you should accept help!
 
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  • OS
    Windows 10
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    Manufacturer/Model
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    Intel 6700HQ
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    HP
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    24
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    AMD FirePro 5170M
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    Samsung SSD 860 Pro
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    yes
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