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Messed up my new laptop (partitions etc.)

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    Messed up my new laptop (partitions etc.)


    The other day I decided to install a 128GB Samsung 830 SSD as the boot disk in my brand new Asus Vivobook S200 (which comes with Windows 8 on a 320GB HD.) I managed to clone the disk using Acronis True Image without any problems, but when I decided to use EaseUS partition master to grow my c: partition I must have messed up somehow. After rebooting Windows wouldn't start at all. I decided the best thing to do would be to do a fresh install on the SSD and start over. I formatted the SSD and then I made my biggest mistake: I also formatted the HD which contained all the orginal files for the laptop, including the restore partition. I had saved the boot.wim and install.wim files though and now I'm trying to figure out how to get it up and running again.

    I have created a WinPE boot disk with the Windows 8 ADK (to which I also copied imagex.exe.) I can boot just fine with this and apply the install.wim to c: using imagex. But it won't boot after I've done this.

    I'm guessing I also have to somehow create all the partitions that were on the original disk? Or do something else?

    I would be very grateful if someone could help me out with this so that I don't have to send it back to Asus!

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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    warning   Warning
    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?




    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



    You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    I didn't make them unfortunately. But I am writing this reply on my new laptop. I started over and switched from UEFI to BIOS and from GPT to MBR and was able to install then. Problem solved!
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    For next time:

    As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI BIOS.
    How to clean install on a uEFI BIOS:


    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with





    For more info on uEFI:
    Windows and GPT FAQ
    Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    UEFI and Windows
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Thank you very much!
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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You are welcome.
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