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  1. #11


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    I should have included that in my first pic. Mine too, shows no assignment but works as I've used it in the past for a refresh. I'm honestly not sure you can assign letters to them and access like normal partitions. Windows 8 security, especially OEM, has changed things drastically. I thought the partitions can only be accessed through the 8 Recovery/Refresh options or through software provided by the manufacturer to create discs. I may be way off base though.

    PS: I said I could create discs with the included software, not so. I can, and have, created a flash drive recovery. Creating discs is not an option.

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    Last edited by popeye; 08 Jan 2014 at 11:30. Reason: add/amend info

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamcp898 View Post

    My Disk management setup looks like this:

    Attachment 34775

    The whole laptop had to be sent back to replace the failing hard drive as it was under warranty. The OS was then put on to the new HDD before it was sent back to me. As you can see none of the partitions have been assigned a drive letter and all appear as 100% free but I can't assign them a drive to letter to explore them and see if this is actually the case.
    The partitioning is OK, do not add drive letters.

    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. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)




    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
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  3. #13


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    Just some additional info. When I look at the files on the flash recovery I made, the 8 OS files are .swm files, so nothing is set up like in the past with 7 or below. Haven't really researched how to read and convert swm files.

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    Update: Never mind, swm is just another wim extension. Duh.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Just some additional info. When I look at the files on the flash recovery I made, the 8 OS files are .swm files, so nothing is set up like in the past with 7 or below. Haven't really researched how to read and convert swm files.

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    Update: Never mind, swm is just another wim extension. Duh.
    The Install.wim is broken down for the FAT32 file size limit.

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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Just some additional info. When I look at the files on the flash recovery I made, the 8 OS files are .swm files, so nothing is set up like in the past with 7 or below. Haven't really researched how to read and convert swm files.

    Click image for larger version

    Update: Never mind, swm is just another wim extension. Duh.
    The Install.wim is broken down for the FAT32 file size limit.

    File Allocation Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I saw that after my post, thanks. Nice to learn something new each day.
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  6. #16


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    There is probably a hidden file called boot.wim on there. It is almost certainly winre.wim renamed to boot.wim. The real boot.wim has setup.exe etc for installing, winre.wim does not have that, but it does have the rejuvenation files for push button reset/refresh, which the real boot.wim does not.

    That is different from windows 7 where setup.exe and full recovery options are present in both.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    There is probably a hidden file called boot.wim on there. It is almost certainly winre.wim renamed to boot.wim. The real boot.wim has setup.exe etc for installing, winre.wim does not have that, but it does have the rejuvenation files for push button reset/refresh, which the real boot.wim does not.

    That is different from windows 7 where setup.exe and full recovery options are present in both.
    There is a boot and efi folder in the root directory of the flash drive. Within those sub folders is a boot.sdi and bootx64.efi file. The efi folder has two directory sub-structure of "boot" and "microsoft".

    Posting this for information is all in case anyone is interested. Can provide more detail if requested.

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    Curious if there would be any way to create a full recovery discs from these flash files? Guess I'm still a bit old school, I like my OS on DVD. I would think spanning the DVDs would be the big problem at 14GB.
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    Yes, as expected. Boot.wim ( in reality winre.wim ) is likely to be a hidden file in the "sources" folder.
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  9. #19


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    Thanks for the many responses all.

    I was just able to create the OEM recovery discs (4 DVD's) using the VAIO care tool, would this be an indication that all is well on the recovery partition or is this a separate image taken from elsewhere?
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    It must be from the recov partition, sounds like it is ok.
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