I've been having issues with my laptop recently, and have decided that it would be best to just reflash an unlocked BIOS, then restore from recovery discs. I made clones of my friend's recovery discs, they're pretty much unscratched so I'm sure they'll work. And we have identical model laptops. But I've been having trouble making a bootable OEM recovery USB from the ISOs, I already tried once and the USB failed to boot, just got stuck on a blinking cursor. Using Dell's AlienRespawn utility failed, it wouldn't install because I dont have a factory recovery partition present on my SSD/HDD. I cant install using the actual discs because I no longer have a disc drive. I noted that in a subfolder on each disc there are 2 WIM files, BASE.WIM and BASE2.WIM. I know how to apply a single WIM file with ImageX, as well as split WIMs (*.SWM), but not 2 WIMs. Can anyone tell me what the command syntax is for applying 2 WIMs?
Currently I've tried:
imagex /apply F:\preload\BASE.WIM /ref F:\preload\BASE2.WIM 1 J:
But I'm not sure if it's actually applying *BOTH* WIMs.
EDIT: BASE.WIM appears to contain what should be the contents of C:\, but BASE2.WIM is around 2.5GB and only contains a .xml file and a [Files] folder with a gazillion files within that that are essentially nothing but a bunch of files with numberss in their names. Surely the data must be important for restoring.
I get the message "Image successfully applied" when using the command listed above, so I still can't be sure whether the BASE2.WIM is also being applied.
Edited by AnonVendetta, 01 July 2015 - 01:23 PM.