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Resetting PC on new SSD drive using Recovery Drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 64bit

    Resetting PC on new SSD drive using Recovery Drive


    Hi,
    I just purchased an Asus R510CC notebook with windows 8 and I bought a SSD drive to replace the current one.
    I used Recovery Drive in Windows to create an USB boot drive with the recovery partition on it. I then installed the SSD and booted from the USB. When I get to the option to reset my computer I encounter an error with the following message: "Unable to reset PC. A required drive partition is missing". I already did a bit of research and BIOS tweaking but I can't install Windows onto my SSD. I think this is a common problem but I have no answer to it. Thanks for the help.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    There may be a couple of files on the recovery drive you can tweak to see if it helps.

    Look in the sources folder and see if there is a text file with part of the name being Diskpart, like $PBR_ or something similar. Then look for a reagent.xml file.

    Open those and copy the contents back in your next post.

    Could you tell us the relative sizes of the two drives? Having the source drive larger than the target drive may be causing the problem.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 64bit


    Here is the reagent:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    -<WindowsRE version="1.0">
    <WinreBCD id="{02a7b75f-ca99-11e3-b0d3-b05518828bcb}"/><
    WinreLocation id="0" guid="{46737c91-5631-4cb0-866f-dc787d119cfd}" offset="105906176" path="\Recovery\WindowsRE"/>
    <ImageLocation id="0" guid="{46737c91-5631-4cb0-866f-dc787d119cfd}" offset="105906176" path="\Recovery\WindowsRE"/>
    <OsInstallLocation id="0" guid="{46737c91-5631-4cb0-866f-dc787d119cfd}" offset="478622515200" path="\RecoveryImage" index="2"/>
    <CustomImageLocation id="0" guid="{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}" offset="0" path="" index="0"/><InstallState state="1"/>
    <OsInstallAvailable state="1"/><CustomImageAvailable state="0"/><IsAutoRepairOn state="1"/><WinREStaged state="0"/>
    <OperationParam path=""/><OsBuildVersion path="9200.16496.amd64fre.win8_gdr.130108-1504"/><OemTool state="0"/>
    <BootKey state="0"/><
    IsServer state="0"/><
    ScheduledOperation state="5"/></WindowsRE>

    There is no other file than some install#.swm in the sources directory. I have no diskpart of any sort listed.

    My original HDD drive was a 512GB unit while the SSD drive now has 120GB.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I suppose the easiest thing for you to do is to use a third party Imaging software to create an image backup. The third party ones will allow for changing partition sizes and might allow you to recover that image to the SSD. I am not familiar with those utilities, but I have seen several different ones recommended. You will of course need an external drive to hold the image.

    Some SSD come with adapters and software to migrate an install... I suppose yours did not..?

    You could try pre-partitioning the drive to see if the Reset would work, but with the difference in size of the drives, it may not work either.

    Maybe someone else will have some suggestions.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 77
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Does your particular notebook allow you to remove a DVD/CD drive (if it has one) and replace it with a hard drive?
    if so you could clone the drive with Macrium or other sw.
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  6. #6


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I had the same error when swapping in an SSD on my ASUS K75DE laptop. I even tried partitioning the drive in an attempt to match the original factory partitions. I couldn't match them all exactly as the original drive was a 750 GB drive and the SSD was only 128 GB. I never did get it to work and ended up doing a clean install. Wish I could be of more help but just wanted to let you know its not just you with this issue.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 17 Jul 2014 at 07:13.
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by digifred View Post
    Hi,
    I just purchased an Asus R510CC notebook with windows 8 and I bought a SSD drive to replace the current one.
    I used Recovery Drive in Windows to create an USB boot drive with the recovery partition on it. I then installed the SSD and booted from the USB. When I get to the option to reset my computer I encounter an error with the following message: "Unable to reset PC. A required drive partition is missing". I already did a bit of research and BIOS tweaking but I can't install Windows onto my SSD. I think this is a common problem but I have no answer to it. Thanks for the help.
    Simply download the free version of Macrium Reflect, you will use this program to Clone your hard drive to your new SSD
    First move all you data files off you hard drive. You will need to clear off enough stuff so that your total use of your hard drive is less than the size of your SSD. You Can't put 200GB of stuff on a 120 GB SSD
    Create the USB Recovery Thumb drive.
    You will need to have both drives connected to the computer. I usual install the SSD In SATA 0 and old HD in SATA 1, if you don't have 2 bays then use a USB Adapter, external Hard Drive case,
    Boot up hit the Esc key on Asus this will bring up a boot menu
    Select you UEFI USB Thumb Drive
    Open Macrium Reflect
    Select Clone this disk Select your old HD
    then Select your SSD as the destination.
    accept the and the clone will proceed. Depending on equipment it takes about 15 minutes. Once completed Successfully Shut Down, remove your old hard drive.
    Restart hit Esc key bring up the Boot Menu again and select your SSD.
    Every thing that is on your old hard drive will be on your new SSD including any recovery partitions. Simple and Free
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 64bit


    From all the answers here I decided I'm going to need to buy an USB adapter. That's my next move, thanks.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by digifred View Post
    I just purchased an Asus R510CC notebook with windows 8 and I bought a SSD drive to replace the current one. I used Recovery Drive in Windows to create an USB boot drive with the recovery partition on it. I then installed the SSD and booted from the USB. When I get to the option to reset my computer I encounter an error with the following message: "Unable to reset PC. A required drive partition is missing".
    How to install Windows 8/8.1 to a blank hard disk from the Windows 8/8.1 recovery USB flash drive?

    Note: If the sources folder (in the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive) contains the split image files: asus.swm, asus2.swm, asus3.swm, etc, then you must edit the ApplyImage.bat batch file.

    change this line:

    Code:
    dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install.swm /SWMFile:R:\RecoveryImage\install*.swm /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    to this line:

    Code:
    dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\RecoveryImage\asus.swm /SWMFile:R:\RecoveryImage\asus*.swm /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\
    Last edited by genet; 27 Sep 2014 at 01:42.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 64bit


    Thanks a lot!
    Those were good instructions, I finally got my SSD working.
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