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Is there a factory reset for my ASUS Zenbook UX301?

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I'm returning the ASUS Zenbook UX301LA-DH71T 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook I got from Amazon.com last week due to a faulty graphics card.

I'd like to clear all of my stuff off of it and was wondering if there is a factory reset utility that will wipe the hard disk, in this case a 250GB SSD with 2 visible partitions - C: (O/S 95GB) and D: (Data 120GB). (Since 95+120 = 215 there must be a hidden one)

I have upgraded it from Win 8 to 8.1 and installed a ton of stuff on it. Additionally, it is linked to my Microsoft account. Being new to Win 8.x, I can't figure out how to wipe the machine.

Any tips would be appreciated.
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- Boot from the Windows Installation Disk
- Press Shift + F10 to get a command prompt and enter the following commands pressing enter after each
diskpart
select disk 0
clean
create par pri
format fs=ntfs

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This will leave you with a blank formatted hard drive.
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Unfortunately, there is no install disk as the system doesn't come with a disk reader.
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Insert a 2GB or larger usb stick in your computer
Download, install, and run LiLi - http://www.linuxliveusb.com/
Choose the USB Key in Step 1
Choose Download and select Ubuntu 13.10 in step 2
Click the lightning bolt in step 5

Boot your computer from this usb stick and open a terminal (command prompt)
enter the following command (assuming you only have 1 hard drive) to securely erase your hard disk.  This will take a while to run depending on the size of the disk but it wouldn't be uncommon to see it run for 20 hours or more.
sudo dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda bs=$((1024*1024))

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@sgupta1181 - Nice Find, didn't realize Win 8 had that feature.  I guess since everyone hates Windows 8 so much there is a lot of that PC resetting going on :)
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Thanks. That's what I need.
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