When I bought my laptop, first thing I did was format, repartition, install xp and linux, but in the process I deliberately deleted the first partition of the hdd (a small hidden one) cause I though it was to be used by the Vista Recovery DVD and in that case I wouldn't need it. Well, now I realize that it was the Media Center partition (if you click in the media center hotkey with the laptop off, it will automatically turn on and launch a media center without entering windows, I think), that I didn't know this laptop had...
I already tried the recovery DVD with no luck so I need all the specs of that partition (size, filesystem, type, etc..) and all the files in it..
I would be very happy if someone owning a F8SN could upload the data in that partition and the specs of it to some upload site.
Tks in advance for any help.
EDIT: Already solved the SATA issue, so I removed it from the post
Well, I have brand new F8Sn without any tweaks.
I decided to check your suggestion about MEDIA CENTER and hit the button (the very right from five hot buttons above keyboard). Yes, it made computer to boot up, BUT next was Vista OS and only after all this regular start-up procedure VISTA media player pop up.
Perhaps your small partition was designated for something else.
So I don't know if it's legal or not to upload it, but it's legal for me to have such partition (I had it, just deleted it), so if someone with an F8SN could do me the favor and pm me or mail me the link I would be very grateful =)
Yeah that's what I was wondering about...uploading.
I have the same model & the only difference since I got it was a re-install without any partition(s).
I just looked , via Windows Explorer with everything "viewable" , & cannot see anything like that although I guess it still could be hidden.
If I can find it & upload it to somewhere you can have it. The question is how to isolate it ?
You won't see it in WinExplorer, because it is hidden.
You need to open up Computer Management (rightclick My Computer , Manage, allow from UAC) then go to Disk Management, and look at your HDD. The recovery partition is the 1st there.
To give it to somebody else, you would need a partition imaging tool such as Acronis True Image. I recommend backing up the MBR along the partition (there is an option to do that). Then you need to upload the image file.
NOTE THOUGH: that the recovery partition might be tied to the particular computer so that it can only be used with it (related to the unique OEM serial number for Windows). I am not sure about this.
ALSO: Again, I really believe this is just the recovery partition. It won't enhance the functionality of the Media Center.
F8SN is the series name, while -C1 destination is used to distinguish between two different component configuration. Sometimes C1 will have a faster processor, while B1 has a larger drive. You get the point .
humm..I got it...but I think the asus should tell this in the website
Well it does in a way. Most times in the "specifications" section it will show which cpu , hdd , ect one can get for that model. Like our model F8Sn. Each F8Sn model/series has the exact same motherboard , ram , video card , ect. The only real difference between each F8Sn model is the size of your cpu & hdd choice. Plus the C1 model has a little higher screen resolution available if needed.
But once you see the specs for the F8Sn model you can pretty much tell if that model has what you are looking for.