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How to recover Windows 8.1 Files without re-installing?

  1. #21


    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by tjsuominen View Post
    I do not want to make a Rescue ISO from my current installation, if that's what You mean...? Why, because if that's the corrupted one... ;o)

    I can not create the ISO through MSFT Web as I have Lenovo OEM Windows Product ID which is NOT accepted. And no, Lenovo does not have yet the 8.1 Recovery media.
    So I am more than stuck...
    Suggest you make the Rescue ISO or Rescue Disc.....this will not alter your present setup....All you are after is the key to opening
    Image Recovery.....If it opens up all well and good to proceed.
    As for the Skydrive backup....have you activated it?....If so you can always recoup everything stored by signing into your Microsoft Account.

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  2. #22


    Thx @dencal. Yes I do have the SkyDrive activated, basically everything goes there as backup.

    Further Questions:

    1) If I make Rescue ISO / Disc, is that created from my hidden Lenovo partitions/volumes aka "Volume 4 Lenovo_Reco NTFS Partition 19 GB Healthy Hidden"

    2) How is that Rescue ISO / Disc created?
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  3. #23


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by tjsuominen View Post
    If I make Rescue ISO / Disc, is that created from my hidden Lenovo partitions/volumes aka "Volume 4 Lenovo_Reco NTFS Partition 19 GB Healthy Hidden"
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by tjsuominen View Post
    How is that Rescue ISO / Disc created?
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    If you have a store bought OEM computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, then you could also check the Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive box to be able to use the recovery USB flash drive to do a factory restore/recovery of Windows 8.
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  4. #24


    Thx @dencal.

    Next question: how on earth I can map (as drive letter?) the recovery partition to be visible (?) or is that needed... ?? As the recovery tool does not allow me to put a [x] for the option "Copy recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" on...

    Click image for larger version

    Or what's the problem?
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  5. #25


    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by tjsuominen View Post
    Thx @dencal.

    Next question: how on earth I can map (as drive letter?) the recovery partition to be visible (?) or is that needed... ?? As the recovery tool does not allow me to put a [x] for the option "Copy recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" on...

    Click image for larger version

    Or what's the problem?
    Do not worry about not being able to tick the box.....click next.....you will be prompted to connect USB or DVD Drive.
    Click Create System Repair Disk.....the drive letter is the USB or DVD.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by tjsuominen View Post
    As the recovery tool does not allow me to put a [x] for the option "Copy recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" on...
    Something is wrong, I don't know what to do.

    So you can't copy contents from the recovery partition to the USB flash drive. You can only create a recovery USB flash drive without contents from the recovery partition.

    I have a Lenovo laptop with preinstalled Windows 8 (updated to Windows 8.1) and I can click the "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" checkbox.
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  7. #27


    What has happened in the past days:

    A) Lenovo on-site-Support changed the motherboard -> had no impact on the error (which I expected).

    B) I found instructions how to manually create (according these instructions) USB Flash stick with a booting Custom (OEM) Recovery Image.

    C) Booted with USB and performed "Refresh your PC without affecting your files."

    D) Windows was refreshed but...

    -->>

    Still the error remains (Windows scanning and repairing drive \?\Volume{f62db2cf-efe4-4b55-a3f7-0e7db991a984} on each and every boot.

    1) Related Error in Event viewer (NTFS):

    A corruption was discovered in the file system structure on volume \?\Volume{f62db2cf-efe4-4b55-a3f7-0e7db991a984}.

    A file on the volume is no longer reachable from its parent directory. The parent file reference number is 0x2000000000002. The name of the parent directory is "". The parent index attribute is ":$I30:$INDEX_ALLOCATION". The file reference number of the file that needs to be reconnected is 0x400000003db80. There may be additional files on the volume that also need to be reconnected to this parent directory.


    2) Related Error in Event viewer (NTFS - Microsoft Windows NTFS):

    Volume \\?\Volume{f62db2cf-efe4-4b55-a3f7-0e7db991a984} (\Device\HarddiskVolume5) needs to be taken offline to perform a Full Chkdsk. Please run "CHKDSK /F" locally via the command line, or run "REPAIR-VOLUME <drive:>" locally or remotely via PowerShell.



    -->>


    Now Lenovo support is proposing a full re-install (to be performed by myself) of Windows as this is SW issue.

    Summary:

    - Refreshing my T431s with OEM Image does not help
    - The error remains on \?\Volume{f62db2cf-efe4-4b55-a3f7-0e7db991a984} (\Device\HarddiskVolume5; Lenovo Recovery partition) OR at least Windows thinks so...
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  8. #28


    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by tjsuominen View Post
    What has happened in the past days:

    A) Lenovo on-site-Support changed the motherboard -> had no impact on the error (which I expected).

    B) I found instructions how to manually create (according these instructions) USB Flash stick with a booting Custom (OEM) Recovery Image.

    C) Booted with USB and performed "Refresh your PC without affecting your files."

    D) Windows was refreshed but...

    -->>

    Still the error remains (Windows scanning and repairing drive \?\Volume{f62db2cf-efe4-4b55-a3f7-0e7db991a984} on each and every boot.

    1) Related Error in Event viewer (NTFS):

    A corruption was discovered in the file system structure on volume \?\Volume{f62db2cf-efe4-4b55-a3f7-0e7db991a984}.

    A file on the volume is no longer reachable from its parent directory. The parent file reference number is 0x2000000000002. The name of the parent directory is "". The parent index attribute is ":$I30:$INDEX_ALLOCATION". The file reference number of the file that needs to be reconnected is 0x400000003db80. There may be additional files on the volume that also need to be reconnected to this parent directory.


    2) Related Error in Event viewer (NTFS - Microsoft Windows NTFS):

    Volume \\?\Volume{f62db2cf-efe4-4b55-a3f7-0e7db991a984} (\Device\HarddiskVolume5) needs to be taken offline to perform a Full Chkdsk. Please run "CHKDSK /F" locally via the command line, or run "REPAIR-VOLUME <drive:>" locally or remotely via PowerShell.



    -->>


    Now Lenovo support is proposing a full re-install (to be performed by myself) of Windows as this is SW issue.

    Summary:

    - Refreshing my T431s with OEM Image does not help
    - The error remains on \?\Volume{f62db2cf-efe4-4b55-a3f7-0e7db991a984} (\Device\HarddiskVolume5; Lenovo Recovery partition) OR at least Windows thinks so...
    You state you have "refreshed your PC".....My suggestion is as originally stated....."System Image Recovery."
    Now that you have created a flash stick.....follow instructions as on post 12....You must forget Lenovo recovery, the problem is in Windows.....Good luck.
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  9. #29


    Nothing else worked so I finally did the last option: Made full repair (= re-installation of Windows 8 from LENOVO recovery media as instructed by Lenovo). Have done now basic Win8 -> Update Win8.1 and Office installations and so far the error has been away.


    A lot of my apps still missing (= haven't had time to install them), but will install them upon need and keep on monitoring my system health.


    So PROBLEM solved (but not in a way would have wanted) AND actual root cause still unknow...


    Thx a lot for good comments and help!


    // T
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  10. #30


    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by tjsuominen View Post
    Nothing else worked so I finally did the last option: Made full repair (= re-installation of Windows 8 from LENOVO recovery media as instructed by Lenovo). Have done now basic Win8 -> Update Win8.1 and Office installations and so far the error has been away.

    A lot of my apps still missing (= haven't had time to install them), but will install them upon need and keep on monitoring my system health.

    So PROBLEM solved (but not in a way would have wanted) AND actual root cause still unknow...

    Thx a lot for good comments and help! // T
    Glad to see you have finally got a working computer....a pity that it did not recognise you had a bona fida W8.1, as it would have saved you an awful lot of reinstallation.....it would have been so much simpler to do a System Image Recovery.
    Good luck.
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