Alienware 18 Recovery Partition Help!

southpole560

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Good morning guys. So I have a little problem with my recovery partition on my laptop. I accidentally deleted it like an idiot. So my question is, could anybody create a recovery disc (from alienrespawn) for an alienware 18 with the gtx 770 card running Windows 8? It also has the 4800mq processor. My recovery partition got deleted because I'm stupid and installed the os on my ssd then wiped the hdd. You can message me so I can download the ISO, IMG (from a created torrent or something in that matter) and burn it to a disc. To make the ISO, all you have to do is burn it to a disc then create an image (ISO) with imgburn. Your help would be greatly appreciated :)
 
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Ronan

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YEARS ago when i had a HDD failure on my alienware laptop, i contacted alienware and they mail me a recovery CD based on my specs + all the CD's i needed to reinstall the OS (and a new HDD under warranty).

Try contacting dell if no one can help you? :)
 

southpole560

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YEARS ago when i had a HDD failure on my alienware laptop, i contacted alienware and they mail me a recovery CD based on my specs + all the CD's i needed to reinstall the OS (and a new HDD under warranty).

Try contacting dell if no one can help you? :)

Did that re-create the recovery partition? And it's just kind of hard to contact dell because of my time difference. I can but I gotta call them at 1 in the morning here.
 

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This forum is not the way to redistribute windows as mentioned by Mr Fox on another forum!
 

southpole560

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This forum is not the way to redistribute windows as mentioned by Mr Fox on another forum!

Look, I'm not trying to redistribute it. All I'm asking for is the image of the recovery because I lost mine and just dropped $2400 on my new laptop. Finding other methods to get the recovery image and being in the military stationed in Okinawa is really hard to do because of my work schedule and time zone difference. All I'm asking for is a PRIVATELY hosted recovery image. Just to me. I can pay too if needed.
 

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You did not say if you had Win 8 or Win 7 but you can get MS Windows 7 OEM downloads direct from Microsoft legally. You'll still have to activate it with the your key code.

http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

If your computer is running fine, just make a back up of it now. Dell has support chat that is open late, maybe try that and see if they will send you a disc. I would not worry about drivers. You can get the latest drivers from Dell's website.
 

southpole560

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You did not say if you had Win 8 or Win 7 but you can get MS Windows 7 OEM downloads direct from Microsoft legally. You'll still have to activate it with the your key code.

http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

If your computer is running fine, just make a back up of it now. Dell has support chat that is open late, maybe try that and see if they will send you a disc. I would not worry about drivers. You can get the latest drivers from Dell's website.

It is Windows 8. And from what the guy told me from Alienware support is that the recovery flash drive only recovers the OS with everything but not the recovery partition. He said to download Alienrespawn and that it would create the partition. The thing is though, is that I did a bare OS install, installed all the drivers, installed Alienrespawn then ran it, and it said it could not continue because there was no recovery partition found. So hopefully the guy on the phone was wrong and the recovery flash drive will re-create the recovery partition but I'm really not sure. That's why I've been asking if anyone could create a recovery image and either send it to me on a burnt disc, or host it privately so I can burn the ISO or transfer it on a flash drive. I really like to have the option of a bootable recovery partition to return my computer to out-of-the-box state.
 

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Someone else's recovery image isn't going to work for you because the Windows 8 key info is stored on your mainboard and their recovery partion will not match your machine. Are you using a single drive or are you running in RAID?
 

southpole560

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Someone else's recovery image isn't going to work for you because the Windows 8 key info is stored on your mainboard and their recovery partion will not match your machine. Are you using a single drive or are you running in RAID?

3 drives, standard ahci mode. 1 64gb msata, and 2 750gb 7200 rpm drives. Well it should work just fine because the OS will read the info from the board since the key is not stored in the recovery image. It is in the bios.
 

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Your registry is stored in the image and the key is encrypted within the registry so which one wins? Safe bet is to make your own image right?
Is the OS on the SSD or is the SSD accelerating another drive?
 

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Looks like your best bet is create a new recovery in win 8 with the fresh install you have done. I'd make sure all your drivers are installed, then use the Win 8 backup and restore features.
 

southpole560

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Your registry is stored in the image and the key is encrypted within the registry so which one wins? Safe bet is to make your own image right?
Is the OS on the SSD or is the SSD accelerating another drive?

It used to be where the SSD accelerated the other drives but I set it up where the os is installed to the SSD and like an idiot I wiped my HDD without even thinking of the recovery partition.
 

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OK, Respawn will AFAIK create the recovery partition on the same disk that your OS is installed on. if that is something you really want to do you need to uninstall Respawn and reboot. then launch the respawn installer and let it run until it is finished....it will only create the recovery partition on the FIRST run.

if I were you I would save the space on my ssd and do as Tommy suggested. run windows back up and create a system image on one the HDDs in its own partition. Then use windows backup to make a recovery usb stick. that will allow you to boot off the usb and restore the image from the HDD to the SSD or a larger SSD if you ever upgrade.
 

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OK, Respawn will AFAIK create the recovery partition on the same disk that your OS is installed on. if that is something you really want to do you need to uninstall Respawn and reboot. then launch the respawn installer and let it run until it is finished....it will only create the recovery partition on the FIRST run.

if I were you I would save the space on my ssd and do as Tommy suggested. run windows back up and create a system image on one the HDDs in its own partition. Then use windows backup to make a recovery usb stick. that will allow you to boot off the usb and restore the image from the HDD to the SSD or a larger SSD if you ever upgrade.

I've tried doing that but it said the recovery partition is corrupted and not found. It said to use the system recovery disc to restore the recovery partition.
 

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You can get a " Dell OS Recovery and Restore USB Key" for Alienware from support. It will restore everything back to factory condition when you purchased it. Part # US-083J4W-74287-36E-0037 Rev A00 ...They sent me mine over night free of charge and it works great. Have used it on several used notebooks before I resold them. Just make sure you get the correct Windows for your unit.
 

CableMage

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well, that link does show you how to create a partition named "recovery", but I doubt you'll be restoring your system with it.

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ok, so I just installed respawn for my laptop from this site

http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/19/KCS/KcsArticles/ArticleView?docid=536193

it installed and prompted for reboot...once it rebooted it automatically started building the image/partition
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I have a single Intel 180Gb 5 series SSD...so maybe try disconnecting all the other drives in your machine?
 
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