My sister has handed me her Asus x200ca netbook. No DVD Drive and no recovery media or USB.
Not sure what she has done to it but on boot up it just says to use recovery USB as its not able to start.
I manged to get it to the recovery options using F9 and tried both a reset and a refresh. The Reset fails stating a required partition is missing and the Refresh fails stating the drive where windows is installed is locked.
I can boot to a command prompt and have tried CHKDSK /F and it also states its locked.
I have spent all afternoon looking for solutions to no avail. I even went to the ASUS website to purchase recovery media and its not available when you put the serial number in.
From what I can gather it may have been originally version 8 and has been upgraded to 8,1 which can apparently trash the recovery partition.
Is there anything I can do? Can I download an OS or recovery media (W7, 8, 8,1 or even Ubuntu), put it onto a USB and install it from there?
Machines in good condition and not that old. I am hoping I can do this at no cost so free suggestions appreciated