Free Solution to Restore HP Laptop Recovery Partition

This tutorial illustrates how to restore HP Pavilion/Mini/Envy laptop Recovery Partition with its backup image manually by using AOMEI Backupper in Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP.


by Delia Updated on December 20, 2022

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Why restore HP Recovery Partition

HP Recovery Partition is a portion of your disk drive that contains factory system state information. This partition allows you to rollback Windows operating system to original status at your will on HP PCs, such as HP Pavilion, HP Mini and HP Envy. HP Recovery Partition usually takes up 10 to 20 GBs disk space and labeled “HP RECOVERY” on D or E drive. In a few cases, it will be set as hidden partition so you won’t see it showing in Windows File Explorer.


There are several situations that you need to restore HP Recovery Partition in Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista. In the first place, you delete the partition accidentally or by mistake. Second, you backed up the Recovery Partition to another storage device and delete it on purpose so that you can allocate that extra space to system drive. Third, the hard drive is failing and you cannot access to the Recovery Partition. Restoring HP recovery drive to new hard drive helps you get Windows back to life.

What do you need to do before restoring

The prerequisite of restoring is back up, so you have to backup this Recovery Partition first. NAS, Network Folder, USB flash drive or external hard drive is good destination backup location. As for the backup utility you’ll need, it better is third party software. Although Windows has built-in backup and restore utility, this Recovery Partition contains boot files so it won’t allow you to back the partition up to USB drive.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is free and dedicated backup solution that designed for Windows-based PCs. It will help you backup HP Recovery Partition even the hidden partition and restore it to MBR/GPT disk later. No matter which storage you choose as backup location, you can free restore HP Recovery Partition if the need ever arises.

Now download this utility and learn the specific steps of restoring HP laptop Recovery Partition in Windows 7.

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How to restore Recovery Partition on HP via AOMEI Backupper

Assuming you have backed HP Recovery Partition up to USB flash drive, plug the USB drive in HP PC.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard again and click Restore this time.

Step 2. By default, AOMEI Backupper will detect the backup automatically. If it fails to detect the image or you stored the backup image on NAS/Network, click Path to navigate.

Select Image File

Step 3. Choose the item from image file to restore. Then you will see the information of the HP Recovery Partition image, just click Next.

Select Item

Step 4. Select the destination for the partition image you wish to restore to. Note that all data on the destination location will be overwritten. So backup important files first.

Select Destination

Step 5. Click Start Restore.

Preview Restore


  • You can resize the Recovery Partition by clicking Edit Partition.

  • If you restore the Recovery Partition to SSD, check SSD Alignment box to gain better performance.

Freely restore HP Recovery Partition is not as complex as you think. In any case, backup is vital part of restoring. Therefore, creating regular backup for your HP is an excellent method of protecting it. AOMEI Backupper Standard just has all functions you may need. For example, you can use it automatically backup PC to external hard drive.

AOMEI Backupper Professional is the advanced version of the Standard that includes more advanced features, such as command line backup & restore and Universal Restore etc. The backup scheme will help you better manage backup storage like auto delete old backups in Windows. Download and enjoy it.

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.