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Digimutant
11-18-2016, 11:34 PM
Hello,

As having this laptop in my possession, I'm not sure how to go about making recovery USBs/DVDs on this thing. I've done it on my other computers but I am reluctant to install any other OS until I find a quick way of making those recovery media. Asus didn't provide recovery media (which is a bit of annoyance) for it, so I am asking here.

It runs Windows 10 Home, but I wish to run a different OS such as Windows 7 Professional 64bit (yes, I know on a fairly recent laptop) and still have recovery data incase I wish to part with it or for troubleshooting. I've seen another thread with the similar model with 8.1, but haven't encountered the restore media creation utility on it. If I have to use Windows 10's, when I never used Windows 10's restore function I don't know the outcome of that (fresh or exactly as it was when I turned it on first time?).

If someone can give me some guidance, I'd be grateful.

toronto699
11-18-2016, 11:51 PM
First of all stick with W10 , the esupport folder on the laptop has all the original drivers and software that came with the laptop. but not the OS {W10} , u may not find W7 drivers for the G752 hardware , if u want the looks and feel of W7 on your G752 use Classic shell found here
http://classicshell.net/
u are asking for major issues if u install W7 on your G752. If u decide to do a fresh install of W10 u will need the original esupport folder to install some software that came with the laptop as some are not downloadable such as Sonic studio u need the original sonic studio to install it or upgrade it
copy the esupport folder if u decide otherwise its 1.6GB

Digimutant
11-19-2016, 12:02 AM
First of all stick with W10 , the esupport folder on the laptop has all the original drivers and software that came with the laptop. but not the OS {W10} , u may not find W7 drivers for the G752 hardware , if u want the looks and feel of W7 on your G752 use Classic shell found here
http://classicshell.net/
u are asking for major issues if u install W7 on your G752. If u decide to do a fresh install of W10 u will need the original esupport folder to install some software that came with the laptop as some are not downloadable such as Sonic studio u need the original sonic studio to install it or upgrade it
copy the esupport folder if u decide otherwise its 1.6GB

I will back up esupport, but what I am really wanting to do is create the recovery media incase of SSD failure or replacement. I was going to do a fresh Win10 Pro install because of college.

Clintlgm
11-19-2016, 04:54 AM
Yes Asus is having us use the windows 10 Image (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10)for recovery as mentioned earlier you'll need the esupport folder. Personally I use Macrium Reflect there is a free version (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx) and use it to create a Disk Image. I keep these images on at least 2 different local locations. So you can always go back to where you were when you created the Disk/SSD full image. You can also use it to create file and folder back ups. As in your esupport folder as well as any data you have on your OD Drive/SSD. Insure that you create the image of your entire disk/SSD. There are other imaging programs out there some work well other no so much. I trust MR with UEFI systems

Digimutant
11-19-2016, 05:08 PM
Yes Asus is having us use the windows 10 Image (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10)for recovery as mentioned earlier you'll need the esupport folder. Personally I use Macrium Reflect there is a free version (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx) and use it to create a Disk Image. I keep these images on at least 2 different local locations. So you can always go back to where you were when you created the Disk/SSD full image. You can also use it to create file and folder back ups. As in your esupport folder as well as any data you have on your OD Drive/SSD. Insure that you create the image of your entire disk/SSD. There are other imaging programs out there some work well other no so much. I trust MR with UEFI systems

I'll look at MR, and see if I can backup every partition on it.

I looked at Disk Management on the laptop, there is a 499mb partition called Recovery Partition. Can that be used in any way to restore the laptop? Sorry for asking so many questions, I've never had to deal with any machine without a recovery partition/media creation at all because of bundled DVDs and utilities for OEM recovery creation up until recently.

toronto699
11-19-2016, 05:22 PM
if non of the original partitions have been removed , F9 will restore laptop to factory restore right out of the box using the Recovery Partitions. This is what I did with my G752. I upgraded the original SSD to a larger size copied {cloned} the original SSD put it in a safe place , hope this is usefull
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Sjc-co4Wk

Digimutant
11-19-2016, 06:57 PM
if non of the original partitions have been removed , F9 will restore laptop to factory restore right out of the box using the Recovery Partitions. This is what I did with my G752. I upgraded the original SSD to a larger size copied {cloned} the original SSD put it in a safe place , hope this is usefull
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Sjc-co4Wk

Unfortunately I have no spare SSD to clone it to. Can F9 and partition be transferred onto some media to use on a clean drive?

Clintlgm
11-19-2016, 08:51 PM
you don't need a spare SSD, just create the Image on any ext. USB drive and be sure to create the bootable recovery USB.

Digimutant
11-19-2016, 09:21 PM
you don't need a spare SSD, just create the Image on any ext. USB drive and be sure to create the bootable recovery USB.

I've gone through MR's imaging, and its saved on a 64GB USB drive and now I am unsure whether it will actually do all partitions back onto the drive if needed... I'd have to see for myself in the near future but for now as long as I can get into the USB recovery then I should be okay with installing another OS for the time being (or clean installing Windows 10 Pro). Kind of wished Asus still provided recovery DVDs instead of just relying on Windows 10's recovery tool.

Clintlgm
11-21-2016, 04:21 AM
If you imaged the entire SSD it will restore exactly what you imaged, as it was when you created the image.

Digimutant
11-21-2016, 08:26 PM
If you imaged the entire SSD it will restore exactly what you imaged, as it was when you created the image.

Only to where I had it last, but it's just off-putting how there's a partition to recover with and I cannot use it. Backtracker is only for 8.0 and 8.1 but not for 10, this is infuriating... :(

I am totally totally wrong, the partition I just saw was for Windows 10's "Reset My PC" that's still not the recovery partition. I will keep my MR image as a rollback until I investigate recovery media with Asus further!

Clintlgm
11-21-2016, 10:19 PM
Well actually MR is more reliable than backtracker was. I would create these images on an external drive a very reliable one. And check which files are installed on your recovery media USB chip is best. Be sure to use the Windows 10 PE version for your recovery media.

Digimutant
11-21-2016, 11:37 PM
Well actually MR is more reliable than backtracker was. I would create these images on an external drive a very reliable one. And check which files are installed on your recovery media USB chip is best. Be sure to use the Windows 10 PE version for your recovery media.

I'll check which version I used, but it went through with recommended settings (I did not touch anything, only clicked next!)

I contacted Asus on restoring stuff, apparently you have to send it in (just no.) in order to restore it to factory... Must be some other way to get them to send me the disks (I don't mind paying for it) because it's a little disappointing considering it has a DVD drive.