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Clean install of Win 8 to new SSD Acer Predator G5920

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8

    Clean install of Win 8 to new SSD Acer Predator G5920


    Hey all...first time poster here. I can normally sort out my PC problems by reading the threads from others, but not this time.

    I bought an Acer Predator G5920 over a year ago. i7, 16gb RAM, 2TB HDD with a 16GB SSD-cache. Recently I bought a 256GB SSD, removed the installed SSD-cache and put the new one in its place, planning to use it for my OS.

    I performed a clean install on the 2TB HDD and was planning to clone the system partition to the SSD. That didn't work, I'm guessing because the boot info is on a hidden partition on the HDD, and it kept booting to that. I tried to clone multiple partitions but that didn't work either, and when I unplugged the HDD and tried it from the SSD, it of course failed.

    So I made an Acer Default Recovery Backup USB, copying the Recovery Partition, hoping to use it to clean install onto the SSD. I disconnected the HDD, plugged the SSD into the cable, put the Recovery USB in, and rebooted.

    I clicked on Reset, and selected "Repartition Drive" (it might be something else, my system is in German) and told it to completely format the drive. It proceeded in doing so, and I went for a walk because I know this can take a really long time. When I left it was on about 10% When I returned, it said the PC had had some problems and Windows 8 couldn't be installed.

    I might be wrong...but I think the problem could be that I'm trying to do a factory install onto a 256GB disk, when the original drive was 2TB. I'm pretty sure that the PC was running scripts written by Acer during the install which designates how big the partitions will be on the drive. The old 2TB HDD had 5 partitions or something. 2 were approx 917GB (system & storage); the others were hidden (Recovery/boot etc). These of course won't fit on the SSD.

    Do I have to edit the scripts myself to change the size of the partitions? Or am I waaaaaaaaaaay off here. Unfortunately I wasn't given any type of an error code (damn you Microsoft!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), just "There was a problem resetting your PC." Pricks.

    Any advice would be appreciated. This is the final step of a whole series of problems I've had recently. I just want my system up and running on the SSD!!!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Ok so I booted up from the HDD and discovered that there were now 2 partitions on the SSD: 400mb Recovery Partition & 300 EFI System Partition. So I just cloned my C: to the Unallocated Space on the SSD.

    Didn't work either. Worth a shot tho

    On the Recovery USB drive I created there are some script files inside E:\sources.

    ResetConfig.xml :
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <Reset>
    <Run Phase="BasicReset_BeforeImageApply">
    <Path>OEM\BasicReset_BeforeImageApply.cmd</Path>
    <Duration>2</Duration>
    </Run>
    <Run Phase="BasicReset_AfterImageApply">
    <Path>OEM\BasicReset_AfterImageApply.cmd</Path>
    <Duration>2</Duration>
    </Run>
    <Run Phase="FactoryReset_AfterDiskFormat">
    <Path>OEM\FactoryReset_AfterDiskFormat.cmd</Path>
    <Duration>2</Duration>
    </Run>
    <Run Phase="FactoryReset_AfterImageApply">
    <Path>OEM\FactoryReset_AfterImageApply.cmd</Path>
    <Duration>2</Duration>
    </Run>
    <SystemDisk>
    <MinSize>32000</MinSize>
    <DiskpartScriptPath>ReCreatePartition.txt</DiskpartScriptPath>
    <OSPartition>4</OSPartition>
    <WindowsREPartition>1</WindowsREPartition>
    <RecoveryImagePartition>6</RecoveryImagePartition>
    <RestoreFromIndex>2</RestoreFromIndex>
    <RecoveryImageIndex>2</RecoveryImageIndex>
    <WindowsREPath>Recovery\WindowsRE</WindowsREPath>
    <RecoveryImagePath>RecoveryImage</RecoveryImagePath>
    </SystemDisk>
    </Reset>
    ReCreatePartition.txt :

    convert gpt
    create partition primary size=400
    set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    format fs=ntfs label="RECOVERY" quick override
    assign letter=T
    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
    create partition EFI size=300
    assign letter=S
    format fs=fat32 label="ESP" quick override
    create partition MSR size=128
    create partition primary size=939622
    assign letter=W
    format fs=ntfs label="ACER" quick override
    create partition primary
    shrink minimum=27648
    assign letter=O
    format fs=ntfs label="DATA" quick override
    create partition primary
    format fs=ntfs label="Push Button Reset" quick override
    set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
    assign letter=R
    gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
    exit

    I'm guessing these scripts define how the drive should be set up.....right? On the SSD I don't need any "DATA" partition, and the C: doesn't have to be much bigger than 100GB I guess....but it would also be fine if it filled up the rest of the drive.

    Should I edit these files? Or am I way off....?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Try this method: Need help reinstalling Windonws 8 from USB

    Copy CreatePartitions.txt and ApplyImage.bat into the root directory of your recovery USB flash drive. Then run the Diskpart script and the ApplyImage.bat batch file.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Try this method: Need help reinstalling Windonws 8 from USB

    Copy CreatePartitions.txt and ApplyImage.bat into the root directory of your recovery USB flash drive. Then run the Diskpart script and the ApplyImage.bat batch file.
    K cool, I'll give it a shot. Is it possible to just replace the current CreatePartitions.txt with the file in your tutorial? Or edit the current script accordingly?

    Many thanks!
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  5. #5


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    If you are not sure what to edit, then try this first:

    Copy CreatePartitions.txt (without editing) and ApplyImage.bat into the root directory of your recovery USB flash drive. Then run the Diskpart script and the ApplyImage.bat batch file.

    edit: There is no need to delete ResetConfig.xml and ReCreatePartition.txt files.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Wow..................

    THANK YOU

    That headache is hopefully finally over and I can enjoy my new beast. I'm going to make a disk image once I have my basic programs installed incase I have any more crashes.

    Thanks again, you are a total champion.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    So nice to hear that it was helpful to you.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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