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    Recovery CD


    My Asus laptop does not give me an option to make recovery CD's it only shows USB as the only option. The laptop has no built in CD-DVD but I have external drive..... Can I make recovery CD's.... I did make a recovery USB but would like CD'S also, any ideas ??
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I am sure it is possible, but it usually involves split wims to span several discs.

    You presumably already have a large install.wim , or factory.wim , or similar on the recovery partition. It will also be on the recovery usb you made - probably inside the "sources" folder. You may find it is already split into .swm files:


    http://rmencia.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/creating-windows-oem-recovery-dvds-with-windows-aik-part-1/
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    If you Asus came with windows 8, you need to download Asus Backtracker, this will create a USB Media Restore to factory shipped State. You need to do this ASAP once you lose or corrupt your recovery media you won't be able too!!! You'll then have to send your computer to Asus to restore it. or Find an ISO and clean install. Asus nor Microsoft will not give you one.

    Window has disk image set up of some sort others will have to explain that as I don't use it.

    Macrium Reflect will image your hard drive and when you restore it will have everything that was on the hard drive at the time the Image was created.

    Acronis True Home Image worked very well with MBR Window 7 and XP, it is my understanding that people are now having success restoring UEFI GPD disk images.

    There are other Back up And Imaging programs out there some are UEFI GPT window 8 complaint. Some say they are but some people don't get correctly restored images that boot. So Beware. UEFI is not BIOS and GPT is Not MBR compliance is mandatory for successful Restores

    I personally use MR for my window 8 UEFI GPT machines, I'm still using ATHI for my Window 7 BIOS MBR machines. I don't trust Acronis for UEFI as they kept telling us they were Compliant yes no one was able to restore a UEFI GPT Disk Image. I understand that in March or April they came out with a version that does work. I'll have to see a lot more effortless successes before I'll trust it.

    USB is much faster at recovery and has so much more Available space, is much more reliable. that CD or DVD are being phased out as recovery media.
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    A lot of people like optical media. It is only because these small cheapo machines want to save space and cost, dvd drives are being left out.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    My ASUS laptop has a DVD drive. Even so there was no ASUS installed utility to burn a recovery disk set. The only option I had was to make a Windows Recovery Drive. I'm past ever wanting to go back to the factory install so its a none issue for me now. It wasn't when I first got it though, and ASUS tech support were less than helpful.

    I don't think I've ever used the optical drive on my laptop. I don't game on it. DRM games are about all I use the optical drive for on my desktop these days. I put everything on thumb drives or external hard drives. I haven't burned a disk in a very long time. But as always YMMV.
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Not the same but you can certainly put a system repair disk on CD. It may be useful also. It will at least let you boot and think about other options. It is 240MB for 8.1.

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    Note you can't in 8.1 though - it was withdrawn after Windows 8.


    Warning
    Windows 8.1 no longer supports being able to create a system repair disc CD/DVD using the method in this tutorial.

    If you like, you can also boot from your Windows 8.1 installation media or from a created recovery drive (USB) for the system recovery options.

    I used a SD card myself and always leave it in the card reader just in case.
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  7. #7


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    My laptop won't boot from an SD card. That's an option I could really make use of too.
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    My laptop won't boot from an SD card.
    If I had to guess that may be because of the ReadyBoost feature in Win7 and Win8.

    Some computers come with a CD/DVD burning program that has the feature to create the DVDs [-R or +R] but may not exist where there is no Optical drive, hence the need for an 8GB or 16GB USB Thumb/Flash drive.

    Haven't seen an SDHC card yet that was bootable but there may be such. Can't use an SD card as the size is maxed at 2GB and Win7 and Win8 need at least one DVD of 4.2GB and usually 2 to 4 such discs and may allow a DVD+R/DL disc. SDHC starts at 4GB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    My laptop won't boot from an SD card.
    If I had to guess that may be because of the ReadyBoost feature in Win7 and Win8.

    Some computers come with a CD/DVD burning program that has the feature to create the DVDs [-R or +R] but may not exist where there is no Optical drive, hence the need for an 8GB or 16GB USB Thumb/Flash drive.

    Haven't seen an SDHC card yet that was bootable but there may be such. Can't use an SD card as the size is maxed at 2GB and Win7 and Win8 need at least one DVD of 4.2GB and usually 2 to 4 such discs and may allow a DVD+R/DL disc. SDHC starts at 4GB.
    Nope. I use a 512MB SDcard (I used 256MB at 7 but it is not big enough as it is now 300MB). It is nothing to do with ready boost or CD's at all.
    I simply put USB-HDD top of my boot order at it boots. Then I can look for my recovery image etc. I also save my bitlocker and TPM just in case (as bitlocker doesn't like you changing the boot order).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    My laptop won't boot from an SD card.
    If I had to guess that may be because of the ReadyBoost feature in Win7 and Win8.

    Some computers come with a CD/DVD burning program that has the feature to create the DVDs [-R or +R] but may not exist where there is no Optical drive, hence the need for an 8GB or 16GB USB Thumb/Flash drive.

    Haven't seen an SDHC card yet that was bootable but there may be such. Can't use an SD card as the size is maxed at 2GB and Win7 and Win8 need at least one DVD of 4.2GB and usually 2 to 4 such discs and may allow a DVD+R/DL disc. SDHC starts at 4GB.
    It has nothing to do with Windows, its a BIOS limitation. When you boot from a device like a thumb drive your doing it from the PC's BIOS, the OS has not loaded yet.
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