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W8-created recovery disk restore back to resized system?

  1. #31


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    Quote Originally Posted by floepie View Post
    So, what have you done so far? Have you created the recovery drive + copy contents of recovery partition?

    I just completed mine and it boots fine. Now, it's clear what function would be need to restore to the factory system and that is the "reset my PC" function. I didn't actually push the button to determine what happens, but I'm curious what would happen on a system with a "clean install" (minus bloat) with no recovery partition to regain added space. The question is, would the "reset my PC" function automatically grab the contents off the USB recovery drive and restore that (OEM version including bloat) while wiping partitions and resizing them, OR would the system be restored back to the "clean" state version, just as would be done on a non-OEM system? So many IF's here.

    I got a Lenovo ideapad that I planned to return before it arrived. I booted it up to check it out but I thought about trying to make sure there was no evidence that I did this. I misunderstood the RESET MY PC button and did no backup but I pushed the button. Well, it booted up a BRICK. Nothing on the whole system. Gone! I still returned it. Oh well.

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  2. #32


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    @ znod, I only briefly looked into hybrid drives. I think its all automatic, the drive electronics decide what goes on the SSD part and what goes on the platter. I do believe it looks like a regular hard drive as far as Windows is concerned. It just has a bigger cache than a regular drive.
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  3. #33


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    @alphanumeric

    Thanks for the info on hybrids; what you say is good to know. But, actually, I have not run into any laptops that come close to satisfying my criteria that have hybrids.

    I'll clarify what I have described several times probably badly. Remember good old ready boost. Well, some laptops I have looked at have small SSD's that store frequently used instructions for faster access than via the associated HDD--apparently similarly to the way ready boost works. I am thinking that you have to choose an option via OEM proprietary software to "activate" the SSD/HDD connection rather than going through the OS--as was done with ready boost. So, I am thinking that having what I crudely called a "helper SSD" several times would be a waste if I installed system builder. What do you think?
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  4. #34


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Ok, I don't know anything about those, that's the first I've heard of them. It's not something that I see myself ever buying into.
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  5. #35


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by floepie View Post
    I've created a recovery disk using the built-in recovery disk generator and selected the option to copy the contents from the OEM recovery partition. This is not a "normal" system image, which creates an image of the current C drive.

    1. Will booting from this recovery drive followed by a restore will restore back to factory conditions?

    2. Is is possible to restore back onto a re-sized system partition? Or, is it necessary to re-create the recovery disk *after* the re-size of the system partition? Or, is there something specific on the OEM recovery partition which states it *must* be restored to the partition size the way it shipped?

    Thanks.
    As the OP has a Lenovo, What help is this ASUS talk?
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  6. #36


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by floepie View Post
    I've created a recovery disk using the built-in recovery disk generator and selected the option to copy the contents from the OEM recovery partition. This is not a "normal" system image, which creates an image of the current C drive.

    1. Will booting from this recovery drive followed by a restore will restore back to factory conditions?

    2. Is is possible to restore back onto a re-sized system partition? Or, is it necessary to re-create the recovery disk *after* the re-size of the system partition? Or, is there something specific on the OEM recovery partition which states it *must* be restored to the partition size the way it shipped?

    Thanks.
    As the OP has a Lenovo, What help is this ASUS talk?
    My laptop just happens to be an ASUS. The procedures and end result may be similar or the same. It's not like its totally off topic. But if it bothers you I'll refrain from any further comments in this thread.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 23 Mar 2013 at 06:18.
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  7. #37


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by floepie View Post
    I've created a recovery disk using the built-in recovery disk generator and selected the option to copy the contents from the OEM recovery partition. This is not a "normal" system image, which creates an image of the current C drive.

    1. Will booting from this recovery drive followed by a restore will restore back to factory conditions?

    2. Is is possible to restore back onto a re-sized system partition? Or, is it necessary to re-create the recovery disk *after* the re-size of the system partition? Or, is there something specific on the OEM recovery partition which states it *must* be restored to the partition size the way it shipped?

    Thanks.
    As the OP has a Lenovo, What help is this ASUS talk?
    Likely helped to some extent; seems like mentioning procedures across machines could be useful. My part didn't help.
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  8. #38


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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Likely helped to some extent; seems like mentioning procedures across machines could be useful. My part didn't help.
    Yeah, it's interesting. First, the OEM's stopped shipping OEM versions of Windows. Then, they stopped shipping OEM versions of their own recovery DVDs. Now, their own recovery software is not allowing users to create restore DVDs on their own. Not only Lenovo and Asus as mentioned here, but I've also read in a Dell forum how their recovery software has removed the ability to burn total system recovery DVDs.
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  9. #39


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    Agree--that the current situation with Win8 OEM preinstall is a mess in general--including the topic of interest to you specifically.
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  10. #40


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    Now, this is interesting. This link was just shared on the forum with instructions as to how a W8 generated recovery drive can and should be used to reinstall the contents on the recovery drive AND to repartition the drive with a clean (OEM) install using the "reset my PC" from the USB drive. I had been getting rather unsure replies regarding this specific question. So, apparently this is the preferred method and could be why OEMs no longer provide their recovery software with the ability to burn whole system recovery DVDs. It's a Lenovo specific article, but there isn't really anything specific to Lenovo machines themselves.

    Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo Think system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload
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