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Recovery Nightmare

greenchicken
Level 7
I somehow have screwed up my G73SW...

Wanted to do a full factory restore

First option I rebooted PC and hit F9 No Operating system found
Second option is the 5 DVD's I Made...

Ran them all and on the final DVD after it completed it says recovery failed, I have restored my PC back from a backup on an external drive but I want to do a factory reset...

Is there anything I can do to recover the recovery partition without sending it to Asus? 😞
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BrodyBoy
Level 10
Is there an error message, or explanation of why it failed?

Have you deleted the recovery partition, or altered it in some way?

I think my recover partition is gone, I was under the impression the 5 DVD's were made to replace everything in case of a meltdown.

Are the DVD's suppose to replace the recovery partiton too?

Saw an error 1079 somewhere

greenchicken wrote:
I think my recover partition is gone, I was under the impression the 5 DVD's were made to replace everything in case of a meltdown.

Are the DVD's suppose to replace the recovery partiton too?

Saw an error 1079 somewhere

Yes, the recovery DVDs should be an exact copy.....they replace the recovery partition, and then from that recovery partition, a factory restore is performed.

You have another system image you can use to restore your computer, right? If you are comfortable clearing the OS disk, I would do that and retry the recovery DVDs. In know it's a pain, because it takes so long. But there's no shortcut.

To be clear, what I mean is deleting the recovery partition (if one was recreated in the last attempt), the OS partition, and any other partitions currently using space you want to use for the recovery. So basically, completely clearing that part of your primary hard drive that you want to reconstruct.

so format the whole drive? ... I have a windows recover image on a backup usb drive, thats how I restored this back...


How the heck do I format the disk lol, I haven't did it since the days of the floppy disk :cool:

greenchicken wrote:
so format the whole drive? ... I have a windows recover image on a backup usb drive, thats how I restored this back...


How the heck do I format the disk lol, I haven't did it since the days of the floppy disk :cool:

As long as you are confident that you have an alternate working back-up, yes....I'm suggesting you clear the space you're restoring to. That may or may not be the whole disk.....it might just be certain partitions, depending on how the disk is currently partitioned.

If your recovery fails again, suggesting perhaps that a disk could be bad or something, you'll want to have that alternate way of restoring your computer to a working state. That's why I emphasized that you should have a known working image.

As far as clearing the hard drive, the preferred method is using diskpart. (Remember fdisk? This is the new and improved version of that.) If you have a Windows installer disk, or a Windows system repair disk, you can use it to open a command window outisde of Windows, and then use diskpart to manipulate your drive partitions before you do the restore.

I don;t see a problem there....I was just wondering whether it was one HDD or two. (Since it's a screenshot from WIndows Explorer, which doesn't show that information.)

You just mentioned that you have already done a factory restore in the past. Was that from this same set of recovery disks you're using now? So we know that those disks have worked in the past?

BrodyBoy wrote:
I don;t see a problem there....I was just wondering whether it was one HDD or two. (Since it's a screenshot from WIndows Explorer, which doesn't show that information.)

You just mentioned that you have already done a factory restore in the past. Was that from this same set of recovery disks you're using now? So we know that those disks have worked in the past?



Yup... exact set of disks

BrodyBoy
Level 10
Have you seen any kinds of problems with that hard drive you're recovering to?

Not really, I am on the g73sw now...