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Unable to use built-in ASUS recovery partition

  1. #31


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Is one big enough for the contents of the other?

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  2. #32


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1


    No, I would have to resize the Recovery partition to be able to make the other files fit. And since resizing stuff caused the problem to occur in the first place, it doesn't seem like such a good idea to me

    However there must be a simply solution we're overlooking. All the files are still exactly where they were, partition sizes untouched. The only thing that's missing is the file that lets windows know where the recovery files are
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  3. #33


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    OK, that's what I thought. A lot of this stuff is over my head but it seems to me that the 8.1 update overwrote the factory setup/link to the big restore partition. The little one is what you get with a clean install from a retail disk. The larger one with the full image is added by the OEM.
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  4. #34


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    OK, that's what I thought. A lot of this stuff is over my head but it seems to me that the 8.1 update overwrote the factory setup/link to the big restore partition. The little one is what you get with a clean install from a retail disk. The larger one with the full image is added by the OEM.
    Yeah I believe you are correct. The little one is about 500 mb, and the other one is 20 gb in size, so it must contain the recovery image. I'm just not able to restore it. I also found this thread, another person with the same exact problem (I ran the same commands he did with exactly the same output). However, his problem was never solved. Here's the link: Windows Not Detecting OEM Recovery Partition
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  5. #35


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Can't help but glad I made a usb flash recovery right after getting my laptop. Let this be a lesson for anyone reading this.

    I hope you can figure it out Qub1 and teach us all something in the process. Should be in the realm of possibility to get it to work I would think. Anyway to get the files onto a flash and try to boot from it?
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  6. #36


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Can't help but glad I made a usb flash recovery right after getting my laptop. Let this be a lesson for anyone reading this.

    I hope you can figure it out Qub1 and teach us all something in the process. Should be in the realm of possibility to get it to work I would think. Anyway to get the files onto a flash and try to boot from it?
    Haha, well once I got my PC the first thing I did was create a recovery partition using the software provided, since the exact same thing happened to my previous PC. So I did take all the precautions, the software didn't give me an option to create it on an external drive. Also I could place them on an external drive but what good would that do? Windows still wouldn't be able to use it since its not supposed to be run from outside the Recovery Environment.
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  7. #37


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    The procedure to use with my new ASUS laptop was to run the Recovery utility in Control Panel and check the option to "copy the factory recovery partition to the drive". I used a 16 GB USB thumb drive. You booted from that to do the factory restore. Doing a Windows reset, like your trying to do, would restore the PC to the factory condition as it would use the image on the thumb drive copied from the factory restore partition. I never got to test mine out as I swapped my spinner for an SSD. I couldn't restore to the different sized/partitioned drive. Its a long thread but here is what I went though.
    New ASUS laptop has no recovery disk utlity!
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  8. #38


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    Anyway to get the files onto a flash and try to boot from it?
    Sure, that is one of several options. OP has the files needed to do it.
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  9. #39


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Anyway to get the files onto a flash and try to boot from it?
    Sure, that is one of several options. OP has the files needed to do it.
    I could, but since the laptop is quite new (about 5 months old) it would kind of annoy me to have already destroyed the recovery partition, especially since I've used it before. However, would restoring the files from an external drive using the files also repair the partition? Since it is supposed to restore the entire hard drive to factory conditions. Anyway I think it is worth a shot so I'm going to give it a try tomorrow, since it is about 2:30 AM here and I'm tired

    So thanks everyone, and if there is any further advice please let me know. I'll report back here once I've tried a restore with the files from an external drive.
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  10. #40


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    I'm calling it a night too, but will check back in the morning to see what's what. Take care.
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