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Laptop partition raw, no restore disk,have options but...

  1. #11


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Don't worry about drive letters from the boot disc.

    Run partition recovery module, select Full Disk, Next, Quick Scan. When it has finished, tick ALL the partitions you want and then click apply.

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    Aomei part assist also has a good recovery module in the free (standard) version, biut you need to run it to create winpe media.

    PW has the Linux one already made.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Thank you for all the responses. Last night I tried to recover the partitions, but it couldn't recover them.

    I think my best option is to wipe and reinstall with (en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso) that will supposedly pick up the serial no in the bios.

    I have the above .ISO copied to a USB drive using rufus to format it in EFI mode with GPT partitions.

    Now, how to delete the current partitions (including the raw one) and should I leave the recovery partition on the drive OR copy off the recovery partition onto an external hard drive and delete them all?? OR do I need to copy it at all?

    I'm a bit scared of the diskpart options typed up by topgundcp, as me messing with diskpart started this whole mess. (I think the lettering confuses me because I don't see all the letters he mentioned here:

    If F9 key does not work. Just use diskpart and delete the partitions: E:, C:, D:, F: and G:

    1. Make sure you set the BIOS to EFI type and if Secure Boot is enabled then disable it.
    2. Plug in the Windows 8 USB then boot up the Laptop, at boot screen repeatly tap on ESC key to get to the Boot Menu
      and select to boot Windows Installation with UEFI mode
    3. On the very first screen of Windows 8 Installation, hold SHIFT key down and press F10.
      A Command Prompt should display. Continue to step 4.
    4. diskpart <enter>
    5. list disk <enter>
    6. select disk # <enter> # is a number of the disk e.g 1
    7. list partition <enter>
    8. select partition # <enter>
    9. delete partition.
    10. For F: and G: you need to type: delete partition override
    11. AT this point, you have an unallocated partition and a partition containing your manufacturer Recovery partition (Your Windows 8 OEM)
    12. Type Exit <enter> to exit diskpart and close the Command Prompt. Click Next.
    13. Then follow the instructions from Windows installation.
    **********************************************
    Okay, so here are my bios pics:

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    Double checking, my bios should be CSM enabled, Fast boot Disabled and Secure boot disabled. Then, boot up with the .ISO created above in Rufus (EFI w/GPT partitions)

    My only option is to use the command prompt to do what I need to do with the partitions. So, in a second, I am going to upload the state of my current partitions and hopefully you can help me delete them as topgundc mentioned above. Or, I may need more help.

    Thank you all so much!

    Finally! I was having a problem with the Shift + F10, I was hitting it too soon and my computer was going into automatic repair, which it can't do because my "C" drive is RAW.

    So, once I saw this pic Click image for larger version Then hit Shift +F10 same time, I FINALLY got my partitions with the volumes and assigned letters.

    See here:Click image for larger version


    I am documenting this for the next person who has no clue, to make it easier with the visual's. Now, I just need to know how to delete the partitions which have no letter assignment.

    Do I have to assign them a letter, then delete them. Please advise....

    Forever greatful
    Last edited by mividaloca; 27 Jun 2014 at 17:02.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by mividaloca View Post
    I think my best option is to wipe and reinstall with (en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso) that will supposedly pick up the serial no in the bios.

    I have the above .ISO copied to a USB drive using rufus to format it in EFI mode with GPT partitions.
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    4. Press whatever key (ex: F11) it shows to boot to your motherboard's boot menu, and select to boot from the listed UEFI DVD or UEFI USB. (see screenshot below)


    5. Do steps 2 to 7 in the tutorial at the link below, and return.
    6. Delete all partitions/volumes on the disk # (ex: Disk 0) that you want to install Windows 8 as UEFI on until that disk # shows as unallocated space. (see screenshot below)


    7. When you are finished, click/tap on New, Apply (for full size of disk), and OK. (see screenshot above)

    8. You will notice that the disk has now been formatted as GPT with 4 partitions. Select the "Primary" partition 4, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    edit:

    I don't understand why you want to install Windows 8 rather than Windows 8.1?

    How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?
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  4. #14


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    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I'm a bit scared of the diskpart options typed up by topgundcp, as me messing with diskpart started this whole mess. (I think the lettering confuses me because I don't see all the letters he mentioned here:
    This is what you showed us in post #5 above, if you use list volume then you'll see the drive letters.

    Your screen shot from post #5 above:

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  5. #15


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Yep, finally got it, but as you can see I am missing some letters.

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    I'm a bit scared of the diskpart options typed up by topgundcp, as me messing with diskpart started this whole mess. (I think the lettering confuses me because I don't see all the letters he mentioned here:
    This is what you showed us in post #5 above, if you use list volume then you'll see the drive letters.

    Your screen shot from post #5 above:

    Click image for larger version
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  6. #16


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Yes, I probably should, but only have the .iso from local shop for 8.0 x 64 that will find the embedded key. I figured after I finally get it up and running and make a backup, then I will just download the 8.1 for free from Microsoft <fingers crossed>.

    I'm too afraid of torrents, and only want to use what I know is valid install. Thanks though. I still can't see what you are showing me, at least not yet. I think I have to delete my current partitions.

    You guys are a great group and I appreciate you all very much!

    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mividaloca View Post
    I think my best option is to wipe and reinstall with (en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso) that will supposedly pick up the serial no in the bios.

    I have the above .ISO copied to a USB drive using rufus to format it in EFI mode with GPT partitions.
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    4. Press whatever key (ex: F11) it shows to boot to your motherboard's boot menu, and select to boot from the listed UEFI DVD or UEFI USB. (see screenshot below)


    5. Do steps 2 to 7 in the tutorial at the link below, and return.
    6. Delete all partitions/volumes on the disk # (ex: Disk 0) that you want to install Windows 8 as UEFI on until that disk # shows as unallocated space. (see screenshot below)


    7. When you are finished, click/tap on New, Apply (for full size of disk), and OK. (see screenshot above)

    8. You will notice that the disk has now been formatted as GPT with 4 partitions. Select the "Primary" partition 4, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    edit:

    I don't understand why you want to install Windows 8 rather than Windows 8.1?

    How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?
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  7. #17


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by mividaloca View Post
    I think I have to delete my current partitions.
    Best option is delete all the partitions on the disk, because you can no longer use your manufacturer recovery partition.

    Quote from this post: UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link

    Normally, you should be able to delete all the partitions on the Where do you want to install Windows? screen.

    Note: But if you cannot delete all the partitions on the Where do you want to install Windows? screen.

    - Boot the computer using the Windows 7/8/10 installation media.
    - On the first screen, press SHIFT+F10 to bring up the command prompt.
    - Run the following commands at the command prompt.

    diskpart
    list disk (this will give you a listing of the disks on your system)
    select disk # (select the disk you want to clean, for example select disk 0)
    clean (running the clean command will delete all partitions on the disk)
    exit

    Even if you are going to use the GPT (GUID Partition Table), you do not need to run the convert gpt command, since you are not creating the partitions at a command prompt.

    - Close the command prompt window and continue your Windows installation as usual.

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  8. #18


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 64 bit


    So excited to get to this point!

    Problem though It got to setup and as it was finishing up, I got an error: code 0x8007045d, couldn't finish setup.

    I ran chkdsk on the USB I was using to install. I had already ran seatools test on the harddrive and it tested out fine??

    What to do now??



    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mividaloca View Post
    I think I have to delete my current partitions.
    Best option is delete all partitions on the disk, because you can no longer use your manufacturer recovery partition.

    Usually you can delete all partitions on the Where do you want to install Windows? screen.

    But if you can't delete all partitions on the Where do you want to install Windows? screen.

    - boot the computer using the Windows 7/8/8.1 installation media
    - on the language screen, press SHIFT+F10 to bring up command prompt
    - run the following commands at the command prompt

    diskpart
    list disk (this will give you a listing of the disks on your system)
    select disk # (select the disk you want to clean, for example select disk 0)
    clean (running the clean command will delete all partitions on the disk)
    exit

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  9. #19


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Alright, I won't give up! I am a terminal cancer survivor and while sick, I learned how to successfully disinfect machines and volunteered my time for free to the community for years. This is for my grandma, she is counting on me. I've had this for 6 weeks now!

    This has a Toshiba branded drive, model # mq01abd 050, advanced format, 500 gb, Before the reinstallation procedure, I ran Several diagnostics on it. It tested out fine, but had to use Hitachi because Toshiba is lacking the tools I need (I think) This is not rebranded Fujitsu. Software Utilities


    The error occurs at just about 99% before it gives me the following: error code: 0x8007045d

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    From searching other threads regarding the above error, it seems to be an I/O error. So I tried reinstallation (2 times) 1ST time with USB Sandisk USB2 or 3.0 compatible. I cleaned the partitions again and retried installation using the DVD ISO burnt at slow speed, because that error from my research is an I/O error. Most of the threads I found regarding Windows 7. and no solid answers. I believe it is an I/O error on the hard drive.

    Should I start a new thread??

    I just pulled the drive and I have a BlacX Thermaltake docking station that I can slave it to a Windows 7 desktop (not UEFI or GPT) via usb. Or, I can slave it to the computer direct. I know I can't boot into WIN7 directly and work on the disk (I read that somewhere). So, here are my options, but I need your expert help.:

    1. Is there some way to reformat the hard drive keeping the GPT intact? Align the partitions or whatever I have to do?? Run a low level format? (If I do that, should I do it via USB, slave it or keep it in the laptop?

    2. I have a new hard drive in the box, but I am not sure it is compatible?? It's a Hitachi 500 gb. Model 5K500 500 gb Sata 3.0, It's been hanging around here for a couple years! It DOES NOT say advanced format on it.

    3. I do not have the recovery drive, nor do I have the serial no# from the bios. All I have (legitimate unused serial key) is a Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade disk, which states it needs a valid Windows 7 key to use it.

    4. I'm not about building a fast system, I just need it to be usable for Grandma to use for emails and facebook, etc. She HAD a desktop that an elderly man took to fix for her, but he had a stroke and it's been gone 6 months, she has NO computer.

    Please steer me in some kind of direction.

    Thanks for your help and persistence!!
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  10. #20


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Finally! It was caused from bad sectors on the harddrive! Using Aeomei I did more thorough testing, so I bought a new drive and we have the system reinstalled!!

    Thank you, thank you!!

    Now, I have ONE last question, I haven't rebooted yet, is this when I change it back to secure boot, or leave it be?

    Please advise, thanks!

    Mividaloca
    (My crazy life)
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