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  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 64 bit

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


    I have Grandma's Asus Laptop with 8.0 OEM, while trying to fix the bootloader, I messed up the partitions with diskpart, etc. (I do not have the recovery on 16 gb stick)

    The laptop is UEFI w/GPT currently. It has a 500 gb hard drive.

    1. Can I just reformat and use the system builder edition (from a friend) with the generic key along with downloading the drivers to reinstall?? Or use DBAN as I suspect my nephew had a rootkit infection.

    OR


    2. I have a New hard drive (500 gb) that is still in the box, if I use the new disk instead, will the 8.0 builder create all the correct partitions on it's own as long as I enable CSM, disable fastboot, but leave UEFI enabled?

    Please help me get started. I have read so much that my head is spinning.

    ***Please help me either fix my partitions or help me reinstall.***

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. #2


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    You could try to fix the problem from this link:
    » How To Fix: External Disk Drive Suddenly Became RAW
    In your case, it's internal but it won't matter, just select the correct disk.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Look at this post for info: How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?

    edit: You don't need to change the default UEFI firmware (BIOS) settings.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I did not go through all the link topguncp gave you, but I have recovered drives where the Diskpart Clean command had been used. If the clean all command was used, the partitions are probably not recoverable.

    I used Partition Wizard to recover the partitions. The trick is, the software has to know before you attempt to recover the partitions, that the drive is configured as GPT. So I booted into the Recovery environment and used Diskpart to set the drive as GPT. I do this from the Recovery Environment so that the MSR partition is not automatically added. Then booted into the Partition Wizard CD to recover the partitions.

    To boot to a non-uefi media such as the Partition Wizard CD, you have to set your bios for Legacy devices bootable.

    Doing any type of recovery like this is dangerous. But if the recovery does not work, you have lost your data anyway.
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    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 64 bit


    At this point, I just want to get the computer in a working state I don't need to recover and data. Of course I would prefer to be able to extract the original key from the bios, but I can't figure how to run RW everything from a usb or external media.

    I am great at getting rid of infections, but obviously know nothing about hard drives and partitions!!

    Step by step that Got me to where I am currently:


    When I got the laptop it wouldn't boot into windows, I tried refresh and reset and it ended up in a loop. I got my hands on a repair /dvd but wasn't sure if I should boot in uefi or just select the dvd to boot from. (Legacy was set to on)

    Then I did this fix (incorrectly) I think, by following these instructions:
    "Fix by Vonnie"

    1. Assign the Drive Letter
    Let’s say your EFI partition is on Volume 3, the next thing you would type is:
    sel vol 3
    Then assign an arbitrary drive letter to the parition. Let’s use v.
    assign letter=v:
    You should see a message saying: DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
    Exit the diskpart tool by typing:
    exit
    You should still be in the command prompt but outside of the DISKPART> prompt.
    2. Repair the Boot Record
    We need to repair the boot record. We can pull that off like so:
    cd /d v:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\
    bootrec /fixboot
    The CD command tells the command line interpreter to change the directory to the volume label that has the EFI boot record.
    Then the bootrec /fixboot command attempts to repair the selected volume.
    Alright, still with me?
    3. Rebuild the BCD store
    Now we need to recreate the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store, so let’s backup the existing store first
    Type:
    ren BCD BCD.old
    Now that we backed it up, let’s recreate the BCD store:
    bcdboot c:\Windows /l en-us /s v: /f ALL

    ***NOTE!! I selected volume 3 and used the letter V***** <<<< I didn't really know what I was doing!!>>

    Then when I rebooted I got this error which I didn't have before I followed the above instructions:
    The Boot Configureation for your PC is missing or contains errors.
    File: \EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT\BCD
    Error code: 0xc000000f

    Click image for larger version



    This is list of partitions after above fix: Click image for larger version

    UGH, I need help, I just keep making a bigger mess!

    ************************
    Finally, I got a copy of Windows 8 x 64 from my friend's local computer shop (HRM_CCSA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5) that I figured I could install with a generic key, then afterwards, run rw everything or one of the other programs to get my key from the bios.

    Again, Not knowing what I was doing, just assumed I could put it in and run it, but at this point the computer can't find the original OEM windows installation. NOW, I have an unknown "RAW" partition". I know that my stupidity messed up the partitions!

    Here is what they look like now via Gparted:

    Click image for larger version

    Easy Recovery Essentials shows unknown windows:

    Click image for larger version

    Diskpart showing raw:

    Click image for larger version


    I also have a copy of: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso , that was sent to me by reliable source and I also downloaded the enterprise edition trial HRM_CCSA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO

    I know this is UEFI with EFI and GPT, but all that is over my head. Please help! I promise to give back to the community! I have several recovery disks at my disposal that I can help others' with. I am not a taker, but a giver!

    I don't understand partition's and how to edit them. Mr. Saltgrass??



    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    I did not go through all the link topguncp gave you, but I have recovered drives where the Diskpart Clean command had been used. If the clean all command was used, the partitions are probably not recoverable.

    I used Partition Wizard to recover the partitions. The trick is, the software has to know before you attempt to recover the partitions, that the drive is configured as GPT. So I booted into the Recovery environment and used Diskpart to set the drive as GPT. I do this from the Recovery Environment so that the MSR partition is not automatically added. Then booted into the Partition Wizard CD to recover the partitions.

    To boot to a non-uefi media such as the Partition Wizard CD, you have to set your bios for Legacy devices bootable.

    Doing any type of recovery like this is dangerous. But if the recovery does not work, you have lost your data anyway.
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  6. #6


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    The disk is alredy gpt, so any decent partition manager may be able to recover that partition for you.

    You will need it on bootable media, of course.

    You could try the one from PW Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition ...
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    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 64 bit


    EDIT: Going to redo the iso on a CD, it doesn't like the memory stick. It allows me to choose it as a boot option, but then ask for the
    CD/DVD.......so going to do that real quick.

    skip the info below!

    Ok, I Just downloaded it to a 4 gb stick using Rufus as UEFI, now when I boot, should I select UEFI? Also, how do I fix the raw partition. Also since it doesn't know where my windows is, I think when I did the original bootloader fix, I selected the wrong volume, thus making my windows invisible?

    Thanks for your help!

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    The disk is alredy gpt, so any decent partition manager may be able to recover that partition for you.

    You will need it on bootable media, of course.

    You could try the one from PW Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition ...
    Last edited by mividaloca; 26 Jun 2014 at 14:04. Reason: It doesn't like the stick, looking for CD
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  8. #8


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Sorry about replying to my own post, probably not polite, I apologize! My c drive doesn't know it is my c drive, I think??

    I am in partition wizard in safe mode, here is a pic (Hope it's clear enough) of my broken system.

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  9. #9


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
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    This is list of partitions after above fix:
    From diskpart, I did not see any RAW disk as you mentioned but I know for sure the disk type is GPT instead of the legacy MBR type.
    and a normal Windows 8 installation would look like the screen shot below:

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    Since your Windows 8 OEM comes from ASUS, they modified all the partition sizes so they could include their own software in there such as the capability to recover back to the initial Windows installation from the 20GB Recovery partition by pressing function key F9 at boot time (got this info from their website manual). So if the software from the Windows Recovery Partition (600MB) still any good then you could try F9.

    Here is what they look like now via Gparted:
    When you boot up from it. Did you select EFI mode ? you also need to set your BIOS to EFI.

    Easy Recovery Essentials shows unknown windows:
    Some of the earlier software does not support GPT disk type and I am not sure if this one does. If it does not support GPT, it might show as unknown or RAW.

    At this point, I just want to get the computer in a working state I don't need to recover and data.
    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.


    NOTE: If you have the same version of Windows 8 then it should read the key from BIOS and activate automatically

    Good Luck !!!
    Last edited by topgundcp; 26 Jun 2014 at 21:52.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    In Partition Wizard, when you select to recover partitions, the software scans the drive and shows you the possible partitions to be recovered.

    It appears you have recovered all the partitions except the OS partition. If you have run the partition recovery, does that partition show as being selectable for recovery?
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