I have a notebook M5-581(g) Model Q5LJ1 that lost it's boot record or MBR, it won't boot. It has partitions on the disk that I can see, and was able to copy the files need off from the disk. It has a recovery partition, but no way to access it.
I sent away for the Restore Media, and received a System Disk, 3 Restore disks, and a language disk.
Upon boot, of the System Disk(WIN8), it asks me the language, and what kind of restore. I want complete factory restore. Then I'm asked to boot THIS recovery disk in Legacy Mode. When I boot into Legacy Mode, the system loads, and then says this must be used in UEFI mode. "Catch 22".
So here are the questions:
1) How can I "fix" the boot problem?
2) How can I "zap" the drive so there are no partitions, and start from scratch with the System Disk and 3 restore disks(They don't Boot)?
From the hard drive I get an error BCD 0x00009, or a no operating system present message depending on whether I boot UEFI or Legacy.
When I boot the PC in a Linux O/S version, I can "see" the drives, files and actually copy them off. So, how can I restore, or rebuild this back to factory?
Restore partition is not available from windows 8.