03-12-2012 01:36 PM
I recently had to reinstall Windows 7 due to damage caused by a virus. The recovery went well enough but brought up a question. The Make Recovery Media application created 5 DVDs. The first one was the Windows Recovery Environment. The next four appear to be the actual backup dvds. The last one was not used at all. Does anyone know what the purpose of this 5th DVD is? I could just stick it in the drive and boot to it (it appears bootable) but after spending all day yesterday restoring this thing I'd hate to cause problems with what I've already done. Thanks.
03-12-2012 02:20 PM
03-14-2012 09:28 AM
Mystery to me. I don't have a Toshiba here. With a little luck, either Peter or Rick will stop by to explain it.
In the meantime, I can tell you what those names look like to me based on what most OEMs have. The WinREPartition would probably be the 1.46 GB partition marked Active on your drive. Microsoft calls it the System partition.
It contains the Bootmgr file and the Boot folder (which contains the BCD file). I have no idea what the Source folder is (what's in it?).
When you boot Windows, the boot sector of the active partition branches to Bootmgr, which consults the BCD and then turns control over to Winload.exe to start Windows.
That partition also contains the WinRE.
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