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#41 PeterJMelb

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 09:03 PM

Hi Iblis.

As sure as day follows night, one day you will need the image.
BTW W7 Restore is very good and now there is a W7 Image maker as well.
I have used them both in anger.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 08:18 AM

W7 Image Maker is to make an image of a computer's current state in its entirety, correct? I should probably give W7 Image Maker a whirl too, Peter.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:49 PM

Hello Iblis.

That's correct about W7 Image maker.
But I would also think that what you have already done via Asus is also the whole shebang!
When you run the W7 version it will want somewhere to store the image.
Normally that would be on a partition.
If you don't have a partition then you will need a USB plug in drive.
That way is better than a partition anyway.
Heaps safer.

You will find it somewhere like this:

Control Panel.
System and Security.
Backup and Restore.
Create a System Image.
I hope!
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 06:39 PM

But I would also think that what you have already done via Asus is also the whole shebang!

Nope, as far as i could tell, the ASUS software is specifically to backup the hidden partition, Peter.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 07:22 PM

Hells Bells Iblis!

I'm sure that when you do the Asus backup (as instructed by Asus otherwise don't complain if you lose everything) that you backup the OS plus all the stuff (apps and data) that you install.
And all this goes into the "secret partition. if you point the backup there.
In your case you pointed the backup to DVDs.
So I would expect the "secret" partition to be empty!

I have never heard of a laptop being shipped with a backup already in the secret partition!

Maybe that's the new way?
Or have I completely misunderstood what you have done?
Tell me more please.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:10 PM

I don't know, Peter. I've had a long week.


All i did was copy the hidden partition to four DVDs, the hidden partition contains a copy of everything that was installed on my notebook when i first received it and not anything i've installed since. Well, at least that's what i thought i did.


I created a recovery DVD, maybe i created a recovery partition at the same time, there were modal dialogs mentioning something about creating an image prior to burning the DVD but i assumed the image was temporary.


So are you saying that i've actually copied everything on my notebook to the ASUS hidden partition, Peter? ...any idea how i would go about viewing the content of the hidden partition?
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Posted 14 August 2010 - 03:35 PM

Hello Iblis.

I am confused as to what has really happened in your case.
I can't say for sure that definitely what you have on the 4 or 5 DVDs will be everything?
My best guess is that yes you have all the OS and any apps and data.
I have been told by an Asus owner that the "secret" partition has only, "how it is out of the factory".
Thus if you invoke it your PC will be as from factory.

Anyway have a look at this information.
http://forums.majorg...ead.php?t=96388

This is also worth a look:
http://forums.whirlp...cfm/560530.html

But how to see what is on the secret partition is not easy I believe.
You could try any of the Backup/Recovery systems like Acronis for example.
They may see the partition and may even make backups, but you probably won't see what's there.
My best bet is something like "The ultimate boot CD for Windows".
I have a copy of this and it will show what is on any drive in the same manner as Windows Explorer.
And in lots of cases will allow manipulation of folders.
For example I have used it to access "dead" drives and get data from them.
It has saved me from embarrassment a few times.

Try this site for a copy:
http://www.ultimateb...m/download.html

I don't know if it is exactly the one I have or not.
It says it's free but it may not be.
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Posted 14 August 2010 - 03:46 PM

Thanks, Peter. I'll keep that mind but won't worry to much about what i have for now though.
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