The AlienRespawn app is now available. Run the app and it will give you the immediate option of creating either boot DVD disks or a USB boot disk. I went the USB boot disk route. You will need something larger than 6 GB or so – so about an 8 GB USB thumb drive is perfect for this. The AlienRespawn app actually puts all the recovery files from your recovery partition on the USB drive – so that is all we want to deal with.
Took about 10 minutes to create the boot drive. For my purposes, now reboot the machine, press F12 and choose the USB drive to boot from. And we get options to restore our system from the Hard drive (last full backup) or from the USB drive. If you’re trying to recover an image that you’d saved before, use the hard drive. In OUR case, we want to use the USB restore path and was instructed to let it reboot.
After a quick reboot, we have a few more notable choices to get to the original system recovery install – this part I did pretty quick, but you should be able to figure it out if you’re trying to follow this to restore your OWN Alienware M11X-R2 laptop…
- Other System Backup & more options
- Factory Recovery
- Restore without preserving new or changed files
And… let it rip. About 20 minutes later, we have a nice, fresh from the factory, clean install. Oh yeah. Sexy.
I need one of those Aliens.