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Windows 8 Recovery Media


Taff™

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Just managed to mess up my first Win 8 setup and can't access the Windows system. Can someone point me to a download for recovery media. (64 bit)?

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Taff™

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Have to admit that I don't quite understand all that. The Active Primary partition for Win8 is NTFS. Don't recollect any partition formatted as GPT. Hang on - I'll check!

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rdave13

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Taff™

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It's definately something that's been caused by the repartitioning. I have using Gparted on Linux the following:

Unallocated 1001MiB /dev/sda1 fat32 260MiB Unallocated 500MiB /dev/sda3 ntfs (media/windows8_OS) 245GiB unallocated 684GiB

The boot drive is SDA1 - the second entry which is the FAT32 partition. That doesn't sound right to me.

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Taff™

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I have learnt that Linux Ubuntu works well though ;0}

Time for a glass of wine!

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Taff™

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If I tell him that this is Windows 8, how long before I get found out ......???

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rdave13

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LOL, keep taking the wine.... :)

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rdave13

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Not so good to partition a hdd though..:(

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Taff™

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Done it so many times that I couldn't believe Win8 was a risk. Got complacent I guess. Up till now so many PC's and laptops with 500 Gb HDD's are split 50/50 so data can be stored on the "D" drive. This Lenovo is one partition (Apart from the various minute partitions outlined above which amount to 1 GB)

I think it's going back to PCW tomorrow and see if their techies can give me a Win8 recovery media. Otherwise a straight replacement.

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rdave13

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Had a similar problem with Paragon hard disk manager 12. I initially upgraded Win 8 and carried over all my programs etc. Bad move as it didn't work well. Now I used the emergency recovery disk for Paragon to reinstall a Win 7 image. All went well but here's the crunch. After running 7 ok I decided to reboot. Windows wanted to run checkdisk on all my hard drives so I let it do so. It took a long time, I can't remember what it was moving but had to move a lot of files to 'original' places. It seems that Win 8 is totally different to 7 in how it manages hard drives.

Twice I had to update Paragon from their help site for it to work on 8. Possibly it is the same problem for Ubuntu as Windows has changed dramatically in my opinion.

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Taff™

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Glug! Thanks rdave13, thought I was on my own for a minute although I shall as Brumas says "retire for the night" shortly. I didn't use Ubuntu to redefine the partitions. Like you I used a Windows environment partition manager. As you say Windows 8 works slightly differently - give me Vista every time! (Glug!)

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