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challenger1
11-11-2015, 07:52 PM
I have done the unthinkable and have blown away both of my hard drives. I've just recently installed A Samsung 8:50 Evo SSD. It originally came with just one spinning hard drive and I decided to a date Samsung SSD to the laptop. I did the migration from one hard drive to another and for some reason I formatted the original hard drive since the migration went well. Soon after I decided I wanted a fresh and clean install of A windows 8 disc that I had from a previous build. I then inserted the disc into the optical drive and try to install from there. So I ended up formatting the Samsung Drive to install from the disc and previously I had also formatted the original spinning drive which was the C Drive so that was wiped clean and now the Samsung has been also wiped clean. I should have known better but was not very experienced with laptops and went ahead and did this. And now I can't install and operating system from just a Windows disk and when I try to install the OS on to the original C Drive it also won't let me. There were some partitions left on that original drive including the restore partition but when I click on that there is one file missing that is needed to continue formatting the Samsung Dr to install from the disc and previously I had also form added the original finding Dr which was the sea Drive so that was wiped clean and now the Samsung has been also wiped clean. I should have known better but was not very experienced with laptops and when ahead and did this. And now I can't install and operating system from just aWndows disc. That probably wouldn't work anyways because I didn't use back tracker onto a USB drive. This was running just fine after I had used the migration software from the original hard drive to the Samsung SSD but decided to do a clean install on that. When I try to install from the Windows disk to the Samsung SSD I did format the drive and I'm not seeing any partitions on that drive at all the only partitions that i see are on the C Drive solos were left on that drive but are asking for a file in order to restore which probably wouldn't work anyways. What are my options, RMA or can i still recover somehow? I would appreciate any help on this situation.

Corporal
11-11-2015, 08:01 PM
I didn't understand half of what you said you were doing.

Just format the Samsung SSD, create ONE partition, create installation media for Windows 8.1 and install it. Will work 100%

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

challenger1
11-11-2015, 08:56 PM
Sorry for the poor explanation, I was using the tap function in Google. I did try to do a fresh install to the Samsung SSD but notice pops up stating that it couldn't create a portion or locate an existing one. This goes for either drive. I do have my own Windows 8 Pro that I am trying to install on the machine. Bottom line is both installed drives have been wiped clean,formatted, and now I can't install Windows 8 Pro on either. When the list of drives comes up it shows the Samsung and the original hddhdd five, and about 3-4 partitions but states it cant locate or create one.

challenger1
11-11-2015, 09:47 PM
Sorry for the poor explanation, I was using the tap function in Google. I did try to do a fresh install to the Samsung SSD but notice pops up stating that it couldn't create a portion or locate an existing one. This goes for either drive. I do have my own Windows 8 Pro that I am trying to install on the machine. Bottom line is both installed drives have been wiped clean,formatted, and now I can't install Windows 8 Pro on either. When the list of drives comes up it shows the Samsung and the original hddhdd five, and about 3-4 partitions but states it cant locate or create one.

Clintlgm
11-11-2015, 09:49 PM
Ok you should have saved youself a lot of aggravation and just read this sticky thread http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?76993-Guide-How-to-install-windows-8-8-1-10-The-proper-way-(UEFI-based-installation) it fully explains how to properly install windows 8.1 in UEFI/GPT mode which is the correct way for your notebook.

the issue you experienced was most likely your trying to install MBR to GPT disk

This link will allow you to create a USB Install Media install 8.1 pro 64 UEFI (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media)put in your pro key after the install in add features

challenger1
11-11-2015, 10:09 PM
So I am not dead in the water?LOL. Excuse me but what is MBR and GPT?

Clintlgm
11-11-2015, 10:28 PM
Nope your not dead in the water, you just not informed. Most of us learned about UEFI the hard way too its a wonderful thing once you understand how to work with it.
MBR (http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Master-Boot-Record-MBR) BIOS Legacy
GPT (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table)
GPT UEFI (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/what-uefi) New Basic In Out System

You have to go one way or the other they are not compatible on OS disk.

challenger1
11-12-2015, 03:50 AM
So no more factory fresh for me then I guess. If I wanted that still I would have to RMA it back to Asus I guess.

Clintlgm
11-12-2015, 05:23 AM
Yes unless you would have made the backtracker USB media. You really don't need it for anything you can clean install no problem and then if you want an easy way to restore back just use Images. There much more reliable and just as quick. You can get a external hard drive for beer money now days. MR is free

challenger1
11-12-2015, 01:30 PM
The guide listed in the link is way to complicated and over my head. I don't even know which part applies to my situation. I got as far as downloading the create media file to my flash drive which I had to use a computer at Kinkos printing as I don't have a working computer. Am I supposed to open up the executable file on a working computer or boot up to it from my laptop and download a whole new windows 8 operating system from there?I do have my own Windows 8 Pro disc already. I will probably end up sending it back to Asus. This is a tough lesson to be sure.

Clintlgm
11-12-2015, 03:44 PM
Yes if you can't install a simple window install, you need to be very careful what you do. Probably a gaming notebook is not for you. These notebooks are very powerful and tricky a basic knowledge of windows is required. the instructions in the Sticky thread I linked you too are very well written. If you need a more Basic hand on help I suggest the Eight Forum Tutorials (http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2328-uefi-unified-extensible-firmware-interface-install-windows-8-a.html), they'll get you through the basic windows set up. then all you have to do is install your hardware drivers.

If you Really don't want to do this yourself, simple take it to a computer repair store, they get you up and running fairly quickly, Or check through your friends I'll bet you got a geeky one to help you out hands on.