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Too many recovery partitions?

  1. #11


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I thought I would go through the process so you could see it. Make sure and use your configuration and index. Your image information will be more extensive than mine, with several indexes listed, so choose the correct one, possibly one that says FinalOS.

    If you have any questions, let us know. This was all done from an Administrative Command prompt in Windows.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>diskpart

    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer:

    DISKPART> lis dis

    Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
    -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
    Disk 0 Online 298 GB 2048 KB *
    Disk 1 Online 596 GB 1024 KB *
    Disk 2 Online 7441 MB 0 B

    DISKPART> sel dis 0

    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> lis par

    Partition ### Type Size Offset
    ------------- ---------------- ------- -------
    Partition 1 Recovery 300 MB 1024 KB
    Partition 2 System 99 MB 301 MB
    Partition 3 Reserved 128 MB 400 MB
    Partition 4 Primary 124 GB 528 MB
    Partition 5 Recovery 450 MB 124 GB
    Partition 6 Primary 157 GB 125 GB
    Partition 7 Recovery 15 GB 283 GB

    DISKPART> sel par 7

    Partition 7 is now the selected partition.

    DISKPART> assign letter="R"

    DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.

    DISKPART> exit

    Leaving DiskPart...

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>dism /get-imageinfo /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.3.9600.17031

    Details for image : R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim

    Index : 1
    Name : Drive-C
    Description : <undefined>
    Size : 28,285,394,810 bytes

    The operation completed successfully.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>reagentc /setosimage /path R:\RecoveryImage /index 1

    Directory set to: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition7\RecoveryImage

    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>diskpart

    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer:

    DISKPART> sel dis 0

    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> sel par 7

    Partition 7 is now the selected partition.

    DISKPART> remove

    DiskPart successfully removed the drive letter or mount point.

    DISKPART> exit

    Leaving DiskPart...

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>

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  2. #12


    Please see the output. I have not done the setosimage command because I see two index output. index 1 and 2. Don't know which one to pick.. Thanks!
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    DISKPART> select disk 0

    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> list partition

    Partition ### Type Size Offset
    ------------- ---------------- ------- -------
    Partition 1 System 100 MB 1024 KB
    Partition 2 Recovery 900 MB 101 MB
    Partition 3 Reserved 128 MB 1001 MB
    Partition 4 Primary 99 GB 1129 MB
    Partition 5 Recovery 20 GB 911 GB

    DISKPART> select partition 5

    Partition 5 is now the selected partition.

    DISKPART> assign letter="R"

    DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.

    DISKPART>

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>dism /get-imageinfo /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Details for image : R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim

    Index : 1
    Name : ASUS_HDI_Image
    Description : <undefined>
    Size : 28,019,596,926 bytes

    Index : 2
    Name : ASUS
    Description : <undefined>
    Size : 35,033,950,639 bytes

    The operation completed successfully.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>
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  3. #13


    I set it to 1 and now I have the Reset and Refresh options available. !!!!!

    Thank you!! Respect! Heroes!!

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>reagentc /setosimage /path R:\RecoveryImage /index 1
    Directory set to: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition5\RecoveryImage

    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.
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  4. #14


    Have a question now. If I upgrade to 8.1 how does this work. I am going to lose the Reset/Refresh options again, correct? since 8.1 cannot use 8.0 recovery partition? Would I be able to create another recovery partition for 8.1 from within windows 8.1?

    Thanks!
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  5. #15


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    It might be better to go with Index 2, since it is larger and shows as Index 2 in the Reagent.xml listing you attached....

    I don't know what the HID designation means, but one of my images is called "Factory Mode".
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  6. #16


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You can copy 8.1 winre.wim and 8.1 install.wim/install.esd onto your HD - doesn't matter where. Then use reagentc to point at those two. Same commands. Boot.sdi is needed to boot winre.wim, iirc reagentc should do that for you.

    If you haven't got those, and you upgrade via the store:
    when it shows 100% and it asks to restart, close the window and show hidden files and you should find C:\$Windows.~BT\sources\install.esd

    Copy that somewhere safe before restarting.
    Last edited by SIW2; 07 Jun 2014 at 20:16.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    It might be better to go with Index 2, .
    Yes, I got a different looking desktop (compared to what I had from the factory),different ASUS theme and start screen with Index 1. Changed to Index 2 and now going through reset. Shall update

    @SIW2, going to try the steps once I update to WIN 8.1

    Once I have Win 8 all set up I am going to clone the HDD to a Samsung SSD with Macrium reflect and update to 8.1 on it. I need to get this done and over with. Good learning experience.

    Thanks much!
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  8. #18


    Index 2 gave the factory default desktop and start screen. Wonder why they have the 2 indexes. Index 1 looked lightweight. Index 2 has more apps and things.


    Now off to run all the updates, uninstall Macafee, install Classic Shell and clone.Thanks much!
    Last edited by mourinho; 07 Jun 2014 at 23:09.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    If you haven't got those, and you upgrade via the store:
    when it shows 100% and it asks to restart, close the window and show hidden files and you should find C:\$Windows.~BT\sources\install.esdCopy that somewhere safe before restarting.
    Hi,
    So I tried the upgrade to 8.1 from the store and copied over the install.esd (2.48GB file) over to its own partition (named R) under folder RecoverImage . Now I need to point reagentc to point to that file, correct? I ran the command below and got error:

    dism /get-imageinfo /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.esd

    Please let me know what I am doing wrong

    Thanks!

    Click image for larger version
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  10. #20


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    @OP -- I read your name again -- surely not Chelsea's manager (Chelsea FC in UK Premier league soccer) posting on the Forum !!!

    Anyway my suggestion would be to use something like Free Macrium to copy the recovery partition(s) you have and the current system -- then WIPE the lot with GPARTED and restore the Windows OS and boot partitions. Then resize your HDD with GPARTED to sizes you want.

    Keep the backup archives - if you need then to do a factory restore do the following

    1) restore the recovery partition from the free macrium backup
    2) run the restore as per the manufacturers instructions.

    (I prefer Acronis - a commercial backup program -- IMO BACKUPS are Vital -- paying for a reliable program has been worth every Penny, Rouble, Cent, Eurocent, Forint, Zloty, Kronor or whatever currency you want to use. You can't get anywhere with computers UNLESS YOU HAVE BACKUPS AND MORE BACKUPS -- imagine having to re-rip say 3,000 CD's again even if they are all readable after all this time or you lose music from iTunes or whatever).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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