8 or 8.1 is such a headache...
Asus x45a laptop. 8 or 8.1 installed. HDD was dying and the Windows Boot manager was gone, no longer present in BIOS. I tried to do data recovery but of course its a GPT partition. Cloned the drive to a used one (so the new drive COULD be part of the current issue- but only one big enough I had laying around atm). Took a day and a half.
There's 7 partitions, plus 2 Partition 0 that show 249 GB each- and the drive is only 500 Gb.??
All the partitions had errors, ran chkdsk on all of them, but 2 are RAW only. I can view the details of the System, Recovery, and OS, and now I can access the files off OS (which is F:). But I want to get this system booting.
System Restore fails to initialize, says no installation present.
Attempts to do a System Refresh gives me the "drive is locked" message.
System Reset doesn't find an installation.
In an attempt to 'unlock' the drive, in DISKPART I can't make any partition active- I get "the specified partition type is not valid for this operation".
I'm going to try the rebuild the bcd, but failing that, what would be the next step??