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Using Diskpart to clean Volume 1 and now shows nothing

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    window 8.1

    Using Diskpart to clean Volume 1 and now shows nothing


    All started when I went to fix my daughters laptop because of a bad virus and did a clean install using windows 8 USB. I wanted to upgrade to 10 and discovered key blocked. Long story short I went to re-partition the drive and exeuted the volume 1 clean. I then did list volume and saw nothing. Before I did that there was 4 or 5 entries. Haven't done a thing and would like (I Hope) a fix for this.

    Thanks!!!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello BigDaddy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The "Clean" command will wipe the whole disk, not just a volume or partition as I'm afraid you just found out the hard way.

    If you like, you could download a Windows 8.1 ISO using OPTION ONE below, create a USB flash drive with the ISO, then clean install Windows 8.1.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    window 8.1


    Brink,

    Thanks for your quick response. I meant to format the partitioned space I had created. I thought that maybe their was a windows 7 key hidden because in the bios is gives you the option for win 7 or win 8.x. (Dare to dream!?) I deleted the C and D on the drive. But wouldn't let me install because the drive was locked. Did more research and I found a solution to recovering the product key from bios after having no luck with the win 7 key install (Not sure if the key recovery will work or not). I wiped it trying to format a C:\ drive but hasten my thinking and executed the command volume 1 clean where the partitioned drive I thought I was cleaning only. Half baked I realized too late.

    NOOOOO!!!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 13
    window 8.1


    Forgot to meantion it is prompting for a product key that is built in the motherboard. Any thoughts on that? Anyone?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 13
    window 8.1


    Found how to install without key!

    just in case someone else need the info.

    create ei.cfg using notepad and copy and paste this(Without the quotations):

    "
    [EditionID]
    Core
    [Channel]
    Retail
    [VL]
    0

    "

    Save file in the flash driver under [USB_Drive_Letter]:\sources

    <Make sure you do not save file as a .txt file>
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  6. #6


    Posts : 13
    window 8.1


    Update....

    The version of win 8 I downloaded using the creation tool says that it doesn't activate that edition.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    If the laptop came with Windows 8 or 8.1 preinstalled, then it should have the product key embedded in the UEFI firmware chip.

    If you install the same edition (ex: Pro or Home) that it came with, then it should auto detect the key and activate with it.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 13
    window 8.1


    Update....

    Asus x551ma has windows 8.1. That said, I installed 8.1 using the key and it said not for this edition. Now I tried using "Core" edition and no edition and still won't except my product key.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks

    Kudos to you Brink for your help!
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    You shouldn't have to enter a product key during installation if this was a Windows 8/8.1 laptop with UEFI.

    https://www.asus.com/Notebooks/X551MA/specifications/
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  10. #10


    Posts : 13
    window 8.1


    I Know, right?

    I'm hoping tomorrow I call Microsoft and they get fixed. Well if I can figure it out before hand.
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