This entry was originally posted on 8 Jan 2010 - a hack the Recovery Disk Creator that came with HP desktop PCs to allow multiple backups.

I have a HP Pavilion Slimline s5298d desktop with a hidden Recovery partition. If the OS partition needs to be re-installed, data in this partition is used. However, it won't help if the entire disk is corrupt, so HP recommends creating a set of Recovery DVDs.

The Recovery Disk Creator (by Cyberlink) only allows one backup set of DVDs/CDs to be created, at Microsoft's behest.

To "reset" the software so that multiple backups can be created:

  1. From the Windows 7 Start Menu search bar, type cmd, then right-click it and select Run as Administrator.

  2. In the Command prompt window, search for all files called hpdrcu.prc on every partition. These will be zero byte files, e.g.

    dir C:\ /s /ah hpdrcu.prc
    dir D:\ /s /ah hpdrcu.prc
  3. Rename or even delete the files found. You'll then be able to create a new set of backups!

Since these are hidden system files, you'll have to reset the file attributes before being allowed to rename or delete them. I found them at 3 locations, so the commands would be:

attrib -h -s C:\ProgramData\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery\hpdrcu.prd
attrib -h -s C:\Users\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery\hpdrcu.prd
attrib -h - s D:\hpdrcu.prd
ren C:\ProgramData\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery\hpdrcu.prd hpdrcuprd.bak
ren C:\Users\Hewlett-Packard\Recovery\hpdrcu.prd hpdrcuprd.bak
ren D:\hpdrcu.prd hpdrcuprd.bak

Do this at your own risk! I disclaim any responsibility for anything that may (or may not) happen.

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