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Quote from Jack Schitt :Install MR on a different x64 Windows computer (needed to create the rescue media).
Create the "rescue media/disk" (I prefer a USB flash drive for speed, but a CD will work as long as the target machine has an optical drive). If using MR, select the Win10 PE to create it (the SW will walk you through this). See this article . Verify you can boot from it and access your disk(s) once complete.
When you receive the new laptop, plug-in/insert this rescue media in before power-on. Now there a 2 methods to access the BIOS options to set boot order (I posted them earlier in the thread), but this isn't really necessary at this point - but it can't hurt either). The "one time boot" using the F12 key works fine for this operation. If using a CD vs USB you will need to insert it into the tray by using a paper clip to open it .
Plug in a USB external HDD to write the image to.
Power on the laptop and immediately begin tapping the F12 key. This will bring up the "one-time boot" menu. Select the drive with the rescue media in it to boot from and wait for the SW to load, then click the backup tab.
Select the M2 drive (entire drive, not just a partition) as source, and external USB drive as "image file" destination. Double check your intentions, and finish.
You will then have a full untouched image of the M2 drive saved as a file on your external USB HDD. If you ever want to restore to pure OOB stock, just reboot the rescue media, select the file you created, and restore it to the chosen disk.
Quote from wowdoge :For people worried about their pending payments being cancelled..
It's normal for the credit authorization to be removed after a certain time. Just because it gets removed, it doesn't mean the order is getting cancelled or the order is being made.
The best option is to call the customer service rep about the status of the order. I waited 40 minutes to get someone on the phone to ask that question and they assured me that the order will go through.
Ordered 11/25 12pm PST, released to manufacturer state as of now