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Windows 7: Asus Recovery Partition problem

13 Dec 2010   #1

Asus Recovery Partition problem

I've been stumbling on this issue for quite a while now. Nothing seems to improve the situation.

The story:

1. I bought an ASUS K52 laptop. It has a 500 GB drive and a Win 7 x64 Home premium OS.

2. And then iI install Windows 7 x86

3. now I want to back Windows 7 x64 from Hidden partition but when i ran recovery (pressing F9), it just stuck...didn't want to work....and then returned an error message with "cannot connect do a device on your computer".

I thing MBR is corrupted. Does anyone know how to repair that and how can I make the ASUS recovery part work?

I tried startup repair but but nothing seems to work. Did anyone try this or knows what the problems may be?

Thanks for your time

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13 Dec 2010   #2

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

How to Restore the Windows 7 MBR (Master Boot Record) brinks tutorial MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record
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13 Dec 2010   #3


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
How to Restore the Windows 7 MBR (Master Boot Record) brinks tutorial MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record
Sory friend but it's not work. I didin't try but I think my recovery partition could only be accessed previously by the custom MBR factory-installed by the OEM. So I think standard Windows 7 MBR will not work. I'm looking a way for built my custom mbr again
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13 Dec 2010   #4

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

the standard windows MBR as you put is only one of a kind the rescue disc or windows disc will repair MBR onto the drive with the operating system.
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13 Dec 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

There are a few different ways to restore an Acer described here. Maybe one will work: ACER PC Restore to factory settings
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13 Dec 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP


If you can still boot into Windows, please post back a screenshot of your full Disk management drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start menu. We can advise you how to recover the System Active MBR to Recovery to see if that will start it.

What likely happened is your new Windows 7 install took the System boot files into its partition, so recovering them by marking Recovery active and running Startup Repair 3 times may restore the F9 key's fuctionality.

If not, a screenshot made of the Recovery drive's contents with files unhidden in Control Panel>Folder options>View can help us locate the image file which might be able to be mounted to run independently.

By chance did you make your Recovery Disks off the partition when you first set up your new computer?

Or do you have access to a Windows 7 installation DVD to clean reinstall without the factory installed bloatware which comes with a new computer? Here are tips for getting a perfect install which is even "better than a new computer": re-install windows 7
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14 Dec 2010   #7


Thanks for all advice.

I will try replace my MBR with another K52 laptop's orginal OEM MBR with MBR Backup. I hope it will work and I will share here the result
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05 Jun 2012   #8

Windiws 7

You should check out my guide on Your computer does not have a recovery partition

Using Hiren's BootCD, you can access your partition assuming it is still there booting from "Mini Windows XP" on Hiren's BootCD. Just navigate to your partition and do whatever you want with it, back it up, etc.

Also using the steps on my guide you can recover your entire Windows without it being necessary to use Windows built in recovery tools or even booting into any of the partitions for that matter. An additional step that you may need to do is to repat my steps on the RECOVERY image itself because at some point you will need to boot into it to run teh Startu Repair. Maybe try some of the fixMBR command line stuff issuing it from Mini Windows Xp itself- but if the MBR problem only affects your original Recovery partition and not booting into your OS in general then this won't even be necessary!
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05 Jun 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP


The solution for this issue is to use the Factory Recovery disks you should have made, or order from Asus Tech Support, to reinstall the OS including Recovery partition.

This however still saddles user with the preinstalled bloatware so the ultimate solution remains to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get best performance from Windows 7.
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