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Where to get AlienRespawn (dell datasafe) software

Discussion in 'Alienware' started by GetFound, Dec 1, 2010.

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  1. alvinkhorfire

    alvinkhorfire Notebook Consultant

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    Here is the way to download the full installer of AlienRespawn (Applicable to only M11x-R2, M15x and M17x-R2).

    Before you attempt to format your Windows, you have to create the AlienRespawn Recovery DVDs, just to be on the safe side. Of course, if you have deleted the Recovery partition, there is high probablity that installing AlienRespawn does not work.

    All credit goes to Devin1010 in his post in Dell Community Forum. Credit as well to our moderator, BatBoy for pointing out the post from Dell Community Forum, confirming that it is a 100% safe and legitimate Dell website.

    1. Go to AlienRespawn website. Download DSLCheck.exe from right column of the page and run it.
    Do not worry as it is harmless. This software just checks the Recovery partition of your laptop.

    2. DSLCheck.exe would subsequently direct you to another web link:
    For AlienRespawn: http://alwdownload.alienrespawn.com/alwdownload-en.html

    For Dell DataSafe Local Backup: http://dslbdownload.datasafelocalbackup.com/dsldownload-en.html

    3. On right side of both websites is the download link of the full installer. For AlienRespawn, you will be able to download the installer: AlienRespawn_Basic.exe, 183 MB.
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    Assuming that your Recovery partition remains intact and uncharged, just run AlienRespawn_Basic.exe. Even though I formatted my Windows before, with Recovery partition remains untouched, I was able to install AlienRespawn without any problem. Plus, it can even remember the exact date I created the AlienRespawn Recovery DVDs 2 months ago. Amazing, wasn't it?

    Note:
    1. Even though DSLCheck.exe may state that your system does not have Windows Recovery Environment, you can still proceed on with Step 2. My system displayed this very same symptom, yet AlienRespawn is installed just fine in my system.

    2. The best situation is that DSLCheck.exe would automatically direct you to second link, so that it is confimed that AlienRespawn will have 100 % functionality in your system. Otherwise, if you experience what is mentioned in Note 1 and skip directly to Step 2, you may face one of these possibilities:
    a) AlienRespawn cannot return your system to factory state.
    b) AlienRespawn cannot create the Recovery disks.
    c) AlienRespawn cannot be installed in your system.
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    Anyhow, I did not test the recovery function nor disk creating function of AlienRespawn. If anyone here can confirm that their newly-installed AlienRespawn functions just fine, post it here. Thanks.
     
  2. GetFound

    GetFound Notebook Evangelist

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    Awesome, thanks for the links! The problem for me as with many upgraders, is the machine was shipped with single drive and I upgraded to a second drive with Raid 0, so recovery partition was deleted. I wonder if I just create an empty partition if the software will create a new image inside it??
     
  3. alvinkhorfire

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    Sorry, I do not know the answer. This method only works if the Recovery partition remains intact. I believe that 183 MB AlienRespawn installer only creates the C:\Program Files (x86)\AlienRespawn directory, without Recovery partition. It needs the Recovery partition to function well. As in your case, installing AlienRespawn will not create the Recovery partition, but I could be wrong.

    Did you create AlienRespawn Recovery DVDs or USB stick before formating to RAID 0? The AlienRespawn Recovery Media is probably the only way to restore your computer to factory state. You do not have the Recovery partition, but AlienRespawn Recovery Media serves the same function.
     
  4. steviejones133

    steviejones133 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Doesnt the OS reinstaller give you the option to create whatever partitions you like? - from recollection, you could chose to delete them all or create various sized ones according to your needs.....maybe thats the option to creating a recovery partition....
     
  5. BatBoy

    BatBoy NBR Community Moderator

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    good detective work alvin... ;) Since you located the direct link on Dell's forum, I'm not going to worry about it being posted here.

    Remember folks, unless you have the 'original' recovery partition installed, the 'light' version of AlienRespawn/DataSafe Local is not going to work - even with a clean install. I believe the 'full' version, which Dell charges a fee for, has the ability to create a new/customer recovery - not 100% on this so contact AW support to confirm.

    Its just like any other backup solution, if you want added features you have to pay for them.

    Again, the first thing any new alienware owner should do is create that emergency rescue option - be it USB Flash or Optical. Its the only thing which will preserve that factory restore option after a wipe/clean install. if you do not create it, you will not be able to recover it.
     

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    Second that great work Alvin, I too was wondering how i could get respawn/DDS back after a clean install....its one thing that has put me off doing thus far....first thing i did was to create recovery media with respawn that was factory installed....i knew from previous experience that a fresh install wiped repspawn/DDS entirely and i couldnt find a way to get it back...

    This is the ideal way to get it back after a fresh install....so thanks very much...

    + rep!
     
  7. cslaptop

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    So, to sum it up...

    By downloading the AlienRespawn, we have the ability to restore to the factory state as long as we HAVE the factory image on the hard drive, but not if we wiped the factory image from hard drive, i.e., AlienRespawn from the above link does not include a factory image itself, but it "execute" the image on our own HD. Am I understanding this right?

    I see this from my AlienRespawn: with either Basic or Premium, you can 1.restore your system back to factory state; 2.create recovery *content* on DVD or USB media. The rest of them are just full system backs like all the other backup software can do. From the no.2, you can see it says recovery content, does this mean if we created that DVD/USB when we had the factory image on our HD, and in later days, we wiped the entire HD, we still get to restore to the factory state with only that DVD/USB?

    I tend to believe that all we need is that created DVD / USB, because AR require it to be quite large in capacity, like it needs at least 5GB for USB. But I am very not sure.

    Got any idea?
     
  8. alvinkhorfire

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    Thanks, guys for the compliment. It is just a small contribution to this amazing forum from which I have learnt so much, enabling me to maximize the optimal usage of my Alienware laptop.

    By OS reinstaller, I assume that you mean Windows 7 Installation DVD. You can create partition of various size as you want using that DVD, in order to use it as Recovery partition. Then again, it will be empty because as BatBoy pointed out, the basic version of AlienRespawn cannot create a factory image inside that partition.

    Yes, you are correct. The newly-installed AlienRespawn requires the original Recovery partition to function.
    Yes, you can restore your system back to factory state, but if you have wiped the entire hard disk including the Recovery partition, AlienRespawn cannot be installed inside your newly-installed Windows. If you still need AlienRespawn, it is advisable to format the hard disk, without formating the Recovery partition.
    The recovery partition itself consumes 8.17 GB of hard disk space, excluding the free space of course. To create AlienRespawn Recovery Media, you need either:
    a. 2 DVD-Rs of 4.3 GB each
    b. 1 Bluray disc (A waste for sure)
    c. 16 GB USB stick (10 GB stick don't exist, right?)
     
  9. BatBoy

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    Actually my guess is the required space for the rescue option will vary based on what OS you have, if you ordered any apps or software with your system which were installed, etc.

    For my 11xR1, it requires 5 some odd GB. So, for me its an 8GB stick. Not sure why yours is at 8.17. In any case, AlienRespawn/DataSafe Local will tell you what it needs in order to create the rescue option.

    BE SURE TO DO THIS as soon as you receive your system and before your first clean install/drive wipe -- store it some place safe. :)
     
  10. cslaptop

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    Yes I just created one. Thanks for the link alvin provided cuz I've always been looking for a installer for the AR. Mine was corrupted somehow and wouldn't let me create the backup to either USB or DVD. So I removed it and reinstalled. Now it works. My AR only required a 5GB usb, so i went with 8GB drive. I want to be very safe and am going to burn some DVDs at the same time :) Maybe a dual layer will do it.

    When i was creating the restore USB drive, AR explained that: HD may experience a failure at anytime, so it's essential to backup this factory partition to a source in order to quickly restore the factory state should any hardware failure happens. So i believe this backup drive is all we have to have in order to restore a factory state on a brand new HD.

    That'd be wonderful if I did not misinterpret =D cuz I'm thinking about getting a 256GB SSD, and i can save my time by doing a restore instead of a clean install. At the same time, it saves me some space on the SSD cuz i won't need a factory partition on the new drive, ooohoo.

    Now I'm having another question. Do you guys think there can be reverse action in order to put data on the recovery USB drive back onto a new HD? Or do we have to clone that factory partition directly onto the new drive?
     
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