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Setting recovery partition to active then boot from there

  1. #11


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Looks like the path is correct, check the results with the reagentc /info command and it should show an entry for the Recovery Image location.

    The RecoveryBoot folder looks interesting.....

    The BCD store shows two Ramdisk options. I recognize the WindowsRE one but the boot.wim one is unknown for me. SIW2 probably knows what it might be for, possibly related to an OEM recovery or diagnostic process.

    To see the file structure in a Hidden folder you need to use the dir /a command. Otherwise, you will not see the entries.

    You can use an external drive as a Recovery Drive, but it will take the entire thing. Better to use a flash drive.

    You are copying the contents of the Recovery Partition to a safe location other than the Recovery Drive? Since you have the drive letter on it, you could do that now, if you wanted.

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  2. #12


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


    Looks like you now have a working Recovery Partition.


    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.

    http://www.asus.com/supportonly/ASUS...rt_Download_36


    Quote Originally Posted by ASUS
    Using the Support DVD to restore system recovery.

    About the Support DVD :
    The Support DVD includes an image of the operating system, installed on your system at the factory.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    yea i went on ahead and copied the recovery files to my empty external drive. Now, I dont know what to do with it. I tried the windows 8 restore option, it asks for a boot media, then I re-plug my hard drive but it says the media is invalid. I also tried setting the boot priority to my external drive but when i reboot, nothing happens. It just continues on to windows log-in screen.

    @theog
    what do i need to do with the Backtracker? sorry, im kinda new to this.
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  4. #14


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


    Download & install Backtracker, than make your ASUS Recovery Disk.

    http://www.asus.com/supportonly/ASUS...rt_Download_36


    Quote Originally Posted by ASUS
    Using the Support DVD to restore system recovery.

    About the Support DVD :
    The Support DVD includes an image of the operating system, installed on your system at the factory.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    isn't the one i copied to my external drive the recovery files already? I'm confused.
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  6. #16


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


    Quote Originally Posted by jgcvaleroso View Post
    isn't the one i copied to my external drive the recovery files already? I'm confused.
    yea i went on ahead and copied the recovery files to my empty external drive. Now, I dont know what to do with it. I tried the windows 8 restore option, it asks for a boot media, then I re-plug my hard drive but it says the media is invalid.
    ASUS Recovery Disk/s will be valid.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    ahahah! this is one of the core reasons why I need to reset to factory default so badly.

    Click image for larger version

    every time i try to install an ASUS driver, this kind of message appears. Its like my laptop is laughing at me.
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  8. #18


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


    Try running DISM.
    DISM - Fixing Component Store Corruption in Windows 8
    &
    your Anti-Virus software.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    nope, still wont let me install. I didn't have any anti-virus installed in the first place so I tried the DISM thing and restarted by system.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jgcvaleroso View Post
    isn't the one i copied to my external drive the recovery files already? I'm confused.
    If you allowed the Recovery Partition to be copied to the external drive using the checkbox, that is a Windows 8 image you should be able to use to reset your C: partition and possible install on a new drive.

    If you just copied the files, there is nothing built into the system to use those unless they are located in an appropriate place.

    I still wonder what the Boot.wim ramdisk is for. I will have to assume it is meant to be an option for a special key sequence or an F8 option. But if you go to the PC Settings and get to the Advanced recovery options, then look for a "use a device" type option, what shows up there? For instance, if you had booted your system with the Recovery flash drive attached, it should show up. Sorry I can't be more specific about the location, but I am in Windows 7 right now.
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