I would like to use HP's system recovery (F11 on boot menu, not the windows application) to revert my laptop to its factory state.
The thing is that i have created a disk partition to keep my data which wasn't present by default.
Will the recovery delete my partition or will it simply re-install windows on system (C:) partition?
(Laptop model is HP compaq 6730s)
to the best of my knowledge it will not delete the partition ,just reinstall on C:\, but having said that nothing is positive with computer and windows ,so its always best to backup any personal data before trying something like this ,back up to a external drive or DVD is my suggestion to you
The information you are looking for may be on HP's support website for that model. there is not standard for recovery disks, so it may or may not delete the existing partitions prior to reconfiguring new partitions on the hard drive.
If it was my drive, I would back up the data prior to performing this operation just in case it wipes the existing partition.
The backup solution that I would suggest is to copy data from one drive to another, or access to another computer. For example, if you can have both of these computers on the same network segment, you can backup over the network.
Or plug in another hard drive to this computer using a USB adapter, or remove the drive from that computer, plug it into another computer via a USB adapter.
There are a variety of ways to accomplish this. Whether or not you ultimately decide to use one of these options will depend on how much of a risk you are willing to take with your data.