Solved ASUS recovery disc and factory setting

June 28, 2013 at 06:08:18
Specs: Windows 7
i made a recovery disc for my asus a43s laptop using the AI recovery utility. i would like to use the disc on my friend's laptop (same model) to return it to factory setting. my questions are:

1. the recovery disc is a backup for my laptop, however i want to use it on another laptop of the same model. will it works? Is it going to mess with the system or the OS?

2. if i use the recovery disc, will i lose the OS? (the OS are original pre-installed in the laptop)

3. can i re-use the recovery disc again on my own laptop later in the future (use it multiple times)? is there a limit to how many times the recovery disc can be used?

4. if i do not lose the OS after the first "return to factory setting", will i lose the OS if i do the second "return to factory setting" ?

5. can i make second recovery disc using the AI recovery utility? and will it works fine as the first recovery disc?

please help


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June 29, 2013 at 16:08:18
Boot into the BIOS (setup) screens and see if the hard drive is being configured there.

If the hard drive is being properly identified in the BIOS then you may be able to perform the factory restore.

Are there any personal files on the laptop that you wish to save?

You may need to run a hard drive fitness test on the laptop hard drive. There may be a utility built into the BIOS (setup) screens. If not, you can download Seagate, Seatools for DOS, which is supposed to work on any brand of hard drive.


The restore disks you made can be duplicated without issue.

See the link below to learn about SLP. SLP versions of Windows generally do not need an activation key to make them work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System...



#1
June 28, 2013 at 06:23:11
If the units are identical, including the original operating system, then you should be able to use the disk to restore your friends' computer. You can use the disk multiple times. However, optical disks can become damaged. If it were me, I would make a copy of the backup disk and us that to perform the restore.

I don't think Asus allows you to make more than one recovery disk per computer. I believe that is per their Microsoft licensing agreement. You are allowed to create an archive copy of any software you own as long as it is not used on more than one computer at a time.

In this case, what you have is call an SLP installation. No key should be required to restore by using that disk.

Keep in mind that you are performing a destructive restore. All personal files and any updates, and/or programs installed by you will be lost.

The purpose of the disk is to be able to restore the computer to factory state after a hard drive failure.

You should be able to restore the laptop by using the correct keystroke/s at start up.

Why do you want to do this? What is wrong with the laptop?


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#2
June 28, 2013 at 21:19:46
my friends computer suddenly shut down by itself and no matter what we have done, the computer stays black. we tried opening the battery and put it back again to recharge it fully and we manged to turn it on however we can just go as far as entering the black screen as if it try to reboot itself. unfortunately, my friend is a bit clueless about computer and IT which made her being careless and did not prepare the recovery disc prior buying the laptop. that's why i'm thinking of using my recovery disc.

we already called asus and they said, we can try to simply return them to factory setting before sending it to them (asus service) if nothing is working. but that was the only advice given to us.

we would like to avoid sending it to the asus service because the place is quite far and the cost to send it there is quite expensive (we are still students).

i would like to format it and try to see if maybe it was the ram that making problem, because before this her computer software keep crashing, but considering the laptop still have its warranty, i think its best to just follow the asus service advice.


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#3
June 28, 2013 at 21:27:11
So, when you turn on the laptop you never see anything on the screen at all?

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#4
June 28, 2013 at 21:34:58
i forgot to add, after i made the recovery disc, i also tried make a backup to ISO files and it does work. does that mean i can make another copy of the recovery disc? i was thinking of making another copy to give it to my friend later in case she needs it again.

but what do you mean by SLP installation? and what do you mean by "no key"? does the "key" refer to the OS key? will the laptop lose its OS after restore? (i would like to avoid destroying the OS, it cost us a lot to buy a new OS disc)

will the disc that have been used on my friends laptop will fail to restore my laptop in case i need to use it later?

sorry that i ask too much, but i need to be very careful before doing this as it might effect my laptop too in the future.


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#5
June 28, 2013 at 21:38:12
yes, it was totally blank as if we do not switch it on. but after the recharging of the battery, it only goes to the asus start screen and the screen just look blank for an hour before we decide to just turn it off again.

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June 29, 2013 at 16:08:18
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Boot into the BIOS (setup) screens and see if the hard drive is being configured there.

If the hard drive is being properly identified in the BIOS then you may be able to perform the factory restore.

Are there any personal files on the laptop that you wish to save?

You may need to run a hard drive fitness test on the laptop hard drive. There may be a utility built into the BIOS (setup) screens. If not, you can download Seagate, Seatools for DOS, which is supposed to work on any brand of hard drive.


The restore disks you made can be duplicated without issue.

See the link below to learn about SLP. SLP versions of Windows generally do not need an activation key to make them work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System...


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