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Can't install Windows on a SSD using Recovery USB drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    Can't install Windows on a SSD using Recovery USB drive


    I have just bought an Asus laptop N550JK-DS71T which comes with a 1 Tb HDD and Windows 8.1.
    My intention was to swap the drive with a SSD. I have read that cloning the drive to the SSD is an option but I would prefer to use the Recovery USB drive that I created from this laptop.
    After installing the SSD and rebooting with the Recovery USB drive plugged, it seems to boot fine on that USB drive and gives me the screen options below.

    Would you have any suggestions on how to make it work? Is that even possible to install Windows using the Recovery USB drive in my situation or should I just go ahead and clone the drive, so that there is no issue with partitions.
    Also should I try the Backtracker utility from Asus?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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    Screen 2: I select Reset PC
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    Screen 4: No matter what I select here, I get the error shown in Screen 5.
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    Screen 5:
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  2. #2


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Hi PCL2014,

    I don't think it's possible to install Windows with a recovery drive. That's there so you can fix an existing copy.

    I would go ahead and clone the drives.

    -Chuck
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  3. #3


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by PCL2014 View Post
    Also should I try the Backtracker utility from Asus?
    ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support-

    If the HDD is damaged and cant be repaired, you only need to change the HDD and use Backtracker to install the recovery image.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Thanks Chuck38 and genet for the quick replies!
    I will try Backtracker from Asus and report the results.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    You never say what type of recovery drive you have. Was it the Windows version or one make with some ASUS utility?

    But a Windows Recovery Drive can reinstall a system to a clean drive. But the drive is set up with a drive configuration file which sets the partitions. If you move to a smaller drive, you may be able to change that file. But I agree cloning the drive is probably your best bet. Just don't leave both drives connected after cloning. This assumes you have not made an image using some third party software.

    I am unfamiliar with the operation of Backtracker, but several folks have been able to use it to overcome the problems encountered by ASUS systems during the 8 to 8.1 upgrade regarding Resetting or Refreshing such a system.
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  6. #6


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


    Quote Originally Posted by PCL2014 View Post
    I have just bought an Asus laptop N550JK-DS71T which comes with a 1 Tb HDD and Windows 8.1.
    My intention was to swap the drive with a SSD. I have read that cloning the drive to the SSD is an option but I would prefer to use the Recovery USB drive that I created from this laptop.
    After installing the SSD and rebooting with the Recovery USB drive plugged, it seems to boot fine on that USB drive and gives me the screen options below.

    Would you have any suggestions on how to make it work? Is that even possible to install Windows using the Recovery USB drive in my situation or should I just go ahead and clone the drive, so that there is no issue with partitions.
    Also should I try the Backtracker utility from Asus?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Screen 1:
    Click image for larger version

    Screen 2: I select Reset PC
    Click image for larger version

    Screen 3:
    Click image for larger version

    Screen 4: No matter what I select here, I get the error shown in Screen 5.
    Click image for larger version

    Screen 5:
    Click image for larger version
    I made a Recovery Thumb Drive using the "copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" on my ASUS laptop that had a factory OEM 8.0 install. When trying to Reset to an SSD drive the difference in size caused a "a required partition is missing" error message and it wouldn't work. That was with a blank drive. I even tried pre partitioning the drive, and that didn't work either. Likely as a result of what Saltgrass mentioned. I didn't know about back tracker so I never tried it. I ended up doing a clean install with a TechNet ISO. It read an used my embedded BIOS key automatically. Activated online with no issues too.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Thank you for everyone's feedback.
    I am happy to report that using the Asus Backtracker utility worked perfectly!
    The laptop is now very snappy and the process was painless.
    Based on this experience, I recommend this method.
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  8. #8


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by PCL2014 View Post
    Thank you for everyone's feedback.
    I am happy to report that using the Asus Backtracker utility worked perfectly!
    The laptop is now very snappy and the process was painless.
    Based on this experience, I recommend this method.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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