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Solved Unable to fix recovery partition ASUS / Lost recovery


c0r3

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#1
COULD NOT FIND RECOVERY ENVIRONMENT
(I know it's a redundant thread but I think I'm having a different scenario)
img0004.jpg

Specs: (nothing's changed except I did reinstall win8.1)
- win8.1 x64 single languange
- 1TB HDD
img0001.JPG

THE SCENARIO
There was a time when I want to resize my drive C to smaller partition:
I used Easus Partion Manager to do so (to dumb I was). After rebooting my system could not start
The BSOD showed up:
RECOVERY
PC needs repair (blah3x)
Error code: 0x000225
I was able to manage to repair and I came back up fine using a tutorial in youtube
using bcdboot C:\Windows /s (any drive letter): /s uefi
At this point, I downloaded a new copy of windows8.1 SL, thru "mediacreationtool" (as a legit copy i suppose)
and then I reinstalled using the ISO from MS, now I'm totally OK, at least at the moment.

THE ISSUE
Seems like everything's working as it is now, but as soon as I try to press F9 upon boot up, same error popup
Error Code: 0x000225, and again I got used to doing the bcdboot method.
NOW, this "Restore" partition the size of 20GB, and appeared and it had something in it (some files I think).
img0003.JPG
This wasn't there before and after reinstallation of win8.1 SL. IT ONLY appeared when I pressed F9 then I repaired
it using bcdboot.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
If there's a way that I could restore my notebook pc back to day one: Or am i that close? (close enough)
If this could be fixed? I know its risky but I will take it as a new learning curve. Or will I just have to accept that I'm doomed and there's no way to possibly get it back and learn from it?
Am I still having that original recovery drive that ASUS provide when the laptop was purchased based on the screenshots?

img0005_expandedview_restoredrive.JPG
(expanded view of the Restore partition)


Referring to user #genet here, I used the methods to possibly recover the lost partition

img007_restore_becomes_primary.JPG
I also set the ID's to recovery and enabled the reagentc.exe (reagentc /enabled)

I did tried every thread I could find that could help me some were posted by #genet

img008_after_setting_ids.JPG

After setting ID's to recovery, here's what happen
img0009.JPG
(the Restore partition was gone)
but it's still here:
MRE (partitions that were set with recovery ID) outlined in blue
Outlined in red is the Restore partition, but this time, it has no drive letter*
img0011_no_drive_letter.JPG

Then after a series of procedures I've done here's what I got
img0010_insert_media.jpg

>>>>
I guess I'd totally messed up my system.
Im in an endless loop. IDK what steps I need to revert or to continue on doing, I'm in great trouble right now.
BUT the Recovery Index / location is still 0 (empty)

p.s.
I tried my best to be as detailed as possible

I need your help guys. I totally lost it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    window 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD A20
    Motherboard
    n/a
    Memory
    4gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Dual
    Browser
    firefox
    Antivirus
    n/a

ArazelEternal

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#2
So Im not entirely certain on what you are asking here. Your computer is unusable right now, or you cant get the recovery partition to work correctly?
 

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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 @ 3.3-3.7 Ghz
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    MSI Z77-G41
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    16 GB Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-1600
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    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
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c0r3

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#3
So Im not entirely certain on what you are asking here. Your computer is unusable right now, or you cant get the recovery partition to work correctly?
Im really sorry about the confusion, My laptop is working now, yes, it's just that I think I could not use the Recovery partition in ASUS but instead I have to insert all the time the DVD I burned from ISO I downloaded using the mediacreation tool to activate the refresh and reset feature and if I don't I will receive "Insert Media" Some files are missing etc. Though it stills exist somewhere in my 'HDD but there's no way I could use it back. I did try to set the ID's to recovery. (I did not format anything I just reinstall windows)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    window 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD A20
    Motherboard
    n/a
    Memory
    4gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Dual
    Browser
    firefox
    Antivirus
    n/a

KYHI

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#4
you have 3 WinRE (Recovery) Partitions = 2 5 6
2 is the factory WinRE Partition
5 is the WinRE partition that the current system is using
6 is from an update or reinstallation..

What is missing is the registration of the factory (recovery) image on partition 8

what you need to verify is the location of the factory Install.wim or Install.swm(s)

right click start flag > command prompt(admin)
type> diskpart
type> select disk 0
type> list volume

You will see a lot of volumes without drive letters assigned.. Find the 20GB volume number
type> select volume # (# being the volume number without a drive letter)
type> assign letter=R
type> exit (to exit diskpart)

You can now browse thru R and find Install.wim or Install.swm(s) - those are your Factory recovery Images..

type> reagentc /disable

Note: Assuming the install* file(s) are on "R" and in a folder called "RecoveryImage"
Note: Change "drive letter" and "folder name" to suit your system setup

type> Reagentc /Setosimage /Path R:\RecoveryImage /Target C:\Windows /Index 1

type> reagentc /enable

reboot PC
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

KYHI

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#5
just read you other post -
the RecoveryImage Folder is sitting in the Recycle Bin on partition 8
you need to assign a drive letter and RESTORE those folders...
Then try the ASUS BackTracker tool again..

ASUS USA
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

c0r3

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#6
just read you other post -
the RecoveryImage Folder is sitting in the Recycle Bin on partition 8
you need to assign a drive letter and RESTORE those folders...
Then try the ASUS BackTracker tool again..

ASUS USA
Thanks KYHI, I am so glad you reply.. I will do and try this as soon as I can..
Are you referring to my other post here?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    window 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD A20
    Motherboard
    n/a
    Memory
    4gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Dual
    Browser
    firefox
    Antivirus
    n/a

c0r3

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#7
SOLVED: Unable to fix recovery partition ASUS

It finally got working.. Thanks KYHI for helping me out and for being patient to put this up
I've followed your precise instructions.


Following the guide --> here (base on my scenario)

method.PNG

I rebooted right after done.

Checking...
Code:
reagentc /info
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Checking the REFRESH and RESET PC feature using ASUS Backtracker for Windows 8.1 64-bit


refresh_success.png

reset_success.png


Everything seems to be back to normal now. Topnotch! KYHI for a great help. Couldn't have done it without you. :thumb:
The only thing left is to actually test this.


REMINDER: Never use EASUS Partition Master to partition C:\ drive esp. OEM PC's with recovery partition and learn from my mistake.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    window 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD A20
    Motherboard
    n/a
    Memory
    4gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Dual
    Browser
    firefox
    Antivirus
    n/a

ArazelEternal

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#8
This kind of confusion is the reason I dont use recovery partitions. I always use either a DVD or a flash drive that I keep the recovery media on. None of this confusion. It just works.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 @ 3.3-3.7 Ghz
    Motherboard
    MSI Z77-G41
    Memory
    16 GB Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GT 730
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual 20 Inch Dell
    Screen Resolution
    1680*1050
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB
    PSU
    Thermaltake 550W
    Case
    Antec Nine Hundred Two
    Cooling
    Arctic Freezer i30 CO
    Keyboard
    Logitech K330
    Mouse
    Logitech M215
    Internet Speed
    60 Mbps
    Browser
    Comodo Chromodo
    Antivirus
    Comodo Internet Security Premium

KYHI

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#9
I Agree...
But OEM's decided not to included a 50 cent DVD Disk..
OK, maybe a dollar now, due to inflation..
As I haven't purchased Disk Packs in your years...
 

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  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

c0r3

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#10
Recovery backup successful

UPDATE: In addition, I was able to successfully backup recovery using ASUS Backtracker

ASUS backtracker successfull.gif
Thanks to KYHI

Though I may I have some minor issue regarding the storage space of the Flash drive. ASUS Backtracker requires at least 10GB of space to create a recovery disk:
img005.PNG
as you can see that it only uses 40% of it and I think Ive wasted 60% of space of my 16GB flash drive.
When I try to use 8GB (base on the ss above), here's what I got:
img006.png

Now, it made to wonder, why need at least 10GB (of 16GB) space when it seems to fit in an 8GB? I think it does not make sense, unless I will be enlightened that it's just the way it is
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    window 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD A20
    Motherboard
    n/a
    Memory
    4gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Dual
    Browser
    firefox
    Antivirus
    n/a

lauretiu

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Untitled.jpg this is what i get. i tried everithing and i can't find a solutin. can someone please help me ?
you have 3 WinRE (Recovery) Partitions = 2 5 6
2 is the factory WinRE Partition
5 is the WinRE partition that the current system is using
6 is from an update or reinstallation..

What is missing is the registration of the factory (recovery) image on partition 8

what you need to verify is the location of the factory Install.wim or Install.swm(s)

right click start flag > command prompt(admin)
type> diskpart
type> select disk 0
type> list volume

You will see a lot of volumes without drive letters assigned.. Find the 20GB volume number
type> select volume # (# being the volume number without a drive letter)
type> assign letter=R
type> exit (to exit diskpart)

You can now browse thru R and find Install.wim or Install.swm(s) - those are your Factory recovery Images..

type> reagentc /disable

Note: Assuming the install* file(s) are on "R" and in a folder called "RecoveryImage"
Note: Change "drive letter" and "folder name" to suit your system setup

type> Reagentc /Setosimage /Path R:\RecoveryImage /Target C:\Windows /Index 1

type> reagentc /enable

reboot PC
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    8.1

KYHI

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#12
You have set the "Path" to the Recovery Image...
But you have no "Path" to the WinRE Recovery Tools...

You are also following advise meant for another user and for a different PC...

So lets start from the Top...

Diskpart
list disk
Select disk 0
List Partition
Exit
Reagentc /info

Post Pic...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

lauretiu

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#13
You have set the "Path" to the Recovery Image...
But you have no "Path" to the WinRE Recovery Tools...

You are also following advise meant for another user and for a different PC...

So lets start from the Top...

Diskpart
list disk
Select disk 0
List Partition
Exit
Reagentc /info

Post Pic...
here it is sir. and thank you for taking your time with me
Untitled.jpg
i only realized now the other 2 are my usb drives disk 2 and 3
6.jpg
 
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  • OS
    8.1

KYHI

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#14
So is your OS on the 931GB Drive ??

Do you have a C:\Win81Recovery\install.wim ??

Do you have a C:\Recovery\WindowsRE folder ??
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

lauretiu

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#15
So is your OS on the 931GB Drive ??

Do you have a C:\Win81Recovery\install.wim ??

Do you have a C:\Recovery\WindowsRE folder ??
i have 2 256 ssd in raid 0 so from what i see its on those drives. the other one is a normal hdd
2.jpg
C:\Win81Recovery\install.wim
3.jpg
i do not have the C:\Recovery\WindowsRE but i will just make it now(there is one there but i can't access it same way i can't access the one in R:\)
4.jpg
i couldn't access that folder to get install.wim so i just used this program to grab it
5.jpg
 
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  • OS
    8.1

KYHI

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#16
Ok, so you have a recovery partition R:|RecoveryImage... (factory image)
you also have a C:\win81recoveryimage (unknown image)
the image in C:\win81recoveryimage is the registered image

to register winRE >

Code:
Reagentc /setreimage /path \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk1\partition2\Recovery\WindowsRE\ /Target C:\Windows
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

lauretiu

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#17
Ok, so you have a recovery partition R:|RecoveryImage... (factory image)
you also have a C:\win81recoveryimage (unknown image)
the image in C:\win81recoveryimage is the registered image

to register winRE >

Code:
Reagentc /setreimage /path \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk1\partition2\Recovery\WindowsRE\ /Target C:\Windows
7.jpg
this is what i get sir

the one in C:\win81recoveryimage (unknown image) is install.wim from R:\
 

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  • OS
    8.1