1.    15 May 2016 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit

    Backing up recovery partition on an ASUS laptop before a clean install

    I have an ASUS X555UA (F555 series) - Windows 10 Home 64-bit.
    Laptop purchased about 2 months ago. I would like to backup the recovery partition. I called ASUS and they do not ship recovery ,media- either in or out of warranty and that it flat out isn't available. Backtracker (Which worked on Windows 8.1 PC's subsequently updated to Windows 10 does not work). In order to factory reset the PC, I would have to ship it to ASUS to be done (if under warranty it is no cost). I have Windows 10 EDU (has most features of Enterprise) I got from Dreamspark. Clean installation would wipe the recovery partition.

    Is there any way to do a clean install but preserve (back up the recovery partition prior to clean installing Windows 10 EDU)?

    Thank You!
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  2.    15 May 2016 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 8,868

    Hi and welcome to Tenforums.

    You can use Macrium Reflect Free to image any partition, or your complete hard drive.
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  3.    16 May 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,580
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    either the ASUS utility
    control panel > recovery > create a recovery drive

    But better off using Macrium to do a complete system (PC) backup
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  4.    16 May 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 5,910
    Windows 10 Pro

    When running Windows setup, select the custom install option. Delete all the partitions on the hard drive except for the recovery partition. Select the unallocated space to install to. That will preserve the recovery partition, however most factory recovery partitions are useless without the factory software that restores the computer from them.
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  5.    11 Jun 2016 #5
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit

    I just found the log for the "Reset this PC" under the Advanced Troubleshooting Options (This is the Windows based reset/refresh to factory default). It appears that some of the Windows files were corrupt anyway. (When you choose to show hidden folders, you can see where some of the files and folders are. I was looking in the log either dism, panther or install. There were a lot of failures.
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