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    Reinstall to new drive using recovery partition


    I have an Asus laptop with win 8.1. UEFI BIOS. The C drive partition is corrupted with hardware errors. (I used a Linux live CD to test.) it won't boot anymore. The recovery partition is intact however and I could make a copy of it. I didn't make a recovery USB or DVD, sadly. I have a new drive, and would like to use the recovery partition or a copy of it to install and activate Windows on the new drive. I have a spare large USB drive and other computers available. Can this be done? I'd like to avoid days of delay by ordering recovery media from Asus. Seems like what I have ought to be enough...

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    Quote Originally Posted by goberbrunner View Post
    I have an Asus laptop with win 8.1. UEFI BIOS. The C drive partition is corrupted with hardware errors. (I used a Linux live CD to test.) it won't boot anymore. The recovery partition is intact however and I could make a copy of it. I didn't make a recovery USB or DVD, sadly. I have a new drive, and would like to use the recovery partition or a copy of it to install and activate Windows on the new drive. I have a spare large USB drive and other computers available. Can this be done? I'd like to avoid days of delay by ordering recovery media from Asus. Seems like what I have ought to be enough...
    I may have a solution.

    can you access the non-damaged part of the disk when you plug it on another PC?

    perhaps you can make a copy of the recovery partition in one of your PC

    then use the tool ASUS Backtracker.

    http://www.asus.com/supportonly/ASUS...Desk_Download/

    EDIT: Sorry my bad, as far as i know you cannot see/access the partition as it is hidden, you must unhide it first via command prompt

    see these steps, and if you get lost somewhere, ask again here. I can't remember the exact way i did it correctly.
    Unhide the Recovery Partition on a Basic Disk with DiskPart. - Default Reasoning
    Last edited by Notme; 14 Aug 2014 at 07:48.
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Reinstall to new drive using recovery partition
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