So, sure as shooting, tapping F9 on boot kicked the ASUS CM5570 into a recovery mode. I was greeted with a boot mode screen asking “Windows Install (EMS MODE)” or something similar. I was actually too overjoyed to write it down. All the time that was just saved not having to hunt down all those drivers, all the preinstalled apps that they would probably want back on there – and then find the proper keys if possible for them (UGH), and all the other headaches of a fresh install.
You WILL need to backup your user documents and such before the recovery. I was NOT given the option of a non-destructive restore. If you can’t get the computer up long enough to get your documents, pictures, music and such off, then you probably need to call a computer tech. Computer techs, such as myself, have those slick tools to get that kind of stuff off the drive where it’s nice and safe before attempting a computer recovery like this one.
This particular routine actually only restored the system partition and did NOT do any unexpected partitioning. This hard drive actually came partitioned in 3 chunks. First was a hidden one for the OS restore and recovery info, the second being the system partition and the third was for data. This computer restore actually only restored the system partition, but that WILL delete all user data on that partition – read “YOUR data”. So you can just copy the user data to the “Data” partition and it will be safe. Lizardwebs is a professional outfit though, so as a matter of caution, we copy the data off to an external source so there won’t be ANY chance of complete data loss.
* If you’re a non-tech user and the previous paragraph just sends you into fits (and you happen to live in the Raleigh NC area), call Lizardwebs and we’ll be glad to assist you with the issue.
So, if you’ve got an Asus computer (I am betting a LOT of them are the same) and need to do a recovery, save yourself some money and time. Press F9 at boot and recover that computer!