Acer :: Aspire 5500Z - No Recovery CD
I got a Acer Aspire 5500Z laptop. It was intruded by tons of virus. I realised that Acer (Singapore) did not provide me with any recovery CD. Now that I am stuck with a crap laptop, anyone can advise me on how to reformat this laptop again to its original state?
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Acer :: Aspire 5315 Recovery
i upgraded my aspire 5315 from vista basic 2 vista premium. it took a lot of space on the hard drive so i tried 2 reset 2 factory settings by alt/f10 but nothing nothing happened . has the upgrade removed my recovery ghost partition. my hard drive has been partitioned c/and d/ drives the d drive has files in it. i tried alt/f10 again and there was loads of beebing i switched of the lap top asap rebooted now the acer logo does not come up anymore, boots 2 os screen.
Acer :: Aspire 3004WLMI Recovery
I have been browsing various forums for an answer to my problem.
Recently I must have picked up some sort of virus and my laptop went weird so I rebooted it using F10. Tried to diagnose in safe mode and also tried to recofigure back to last known good configuration to no avail. So in desperation I started the recovery process.
Disk 1 -System disk loaded with no problem. Then I followed this with the Recovery CD's that came with the laptop. When the 3rd disk was loaded a message saying cannot open or create file came up. It just left me no option but to click OK
Now I can't even boot up. When I switch on I get the ACER logo and F2 to enter BIOS, then I get a black screen and it tells me that the NTLDR is missing press any key. every time a key is pressed the message repeats.
Acer :: Aspire 5315 Recovery Failed
Problem-- When you Turn on my acer 5315 laptop a blank black screen comes up after the acer logo appears. If you press any key a loud beep noice sounds.
Solutions I have Tried-- Well i started with using the preloaded restore to factory defults and I got an error message at about 99 percent. The error was- Restore Failed- Reason oxd0000001d - or close to that. I figured maybe the backup partiton was screwed up so I pulled out the old recovery cd's I purchased from acer. The same thing showed up. I then figured i should call acer. I called and they told me to use the acer post disk formatter. I tried that and it still did not help the problem. I have no where else to turn so thougt maybe you guys could help.
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Hitachi 80GB hard drive-
Windows Vista Basic
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Acer :: Aspire 3860 BIOS Recovery
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Acer :: Aspire 5000 Series- Different Recovery
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Acer :: How To Unhide And Delete Recovery Partition In Aspire 6920
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My BIOS shows hdd pw frozen by default though I have removed the hdd and set the BIOS to default twice. I find the Vista Home Premium in 64 bit OEM is a real pain since it has a lot of third party softwares – free and sharewares – which I have to uninstall every time (more than 20 of them) and therefore I tried to delete the acers recovery partition which is of 18 GB size and my Notebook with 250 GB hdd shows only 232 GB.
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HP/Compaq :: Want To Clean Up/format Presario C310 -- Use Recovery Disks Or Recovery Partition?
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Acer :: Windows7 Recovery
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Acer :: 9300 Bios Recovery
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"1. first download the attached zip file and unzip it.
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3. place the newly burned cd into your laptop cd drive tray
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5. press and hold FN and ESC keep pressed and insert power cord and then press the power on button
6. your notebook should power up but without any display.
7. you should see the cd/dvd drive activity light blinking as it reads from the recovery disc.
8. if all is well your laptop should power itself down after about 2 minutes
9. once it has powered down remove the power cord and wait about five minutes.
10. finally insert your battery and power cord and power up your laptop in the normal way............
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Acer :: Recovery PartitionCan This Be Editted
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I've tried alt+F10 and that said do you want to replace drive C: 60GB. Yes I said. It's done that but not sure if it hasn't put more back. I seem to have Power DVD which I didn't think I had before and its a strange program to have on a PC with no optical drive.
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Acer :: 5100 Series- Recovery CD
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Acer :: MultiBooting, EasyBCD And Recovery Partition
I'm thinking of installing XP alongside my default Vista installation and I've got a pretty good idea how to do that..just that there are some questions in my mind..
First, since I have two partitions (One ACER and one DATA) i wouldn't need to shrink my Vista drive, right? I just have to set-up a 'neutral' partition where I would put in files that I want to share between XP and Vista, right?
Second, would using EasyBCD and/or installing another OS and/or using Startup Repair (just in case) ruin my recovery partition or something? I remember in my old Lenovo laptop that when I used Startup Repair it somehow managed to screw my recovery partition and made it show up in My Computer..
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Acer :: Tried Performing A System Recovery On My Laptop
I tried performing a system recovery on my laptop. After it was finished, I received an error stating "The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error.
Windows installation cannot proceed.To install windows, click ok to restart the computer, and then restart the installation." Then, after restarting, the computer begins to boot, but brings me to a screen "/noexecute=optin" "edit boot options for microsoft windows vista. Path: windowssystem32winload.exe". Alt+F10 then brings me to a Change boot device screen, giving me the option between my hard drive and CD/DVD ROM drive. My laptop is not under warranty any more, and I do not have recovery discs, nor can I afford them. What can I do to either boot my laptop, or properly recover it?
Acer :: Bios Recovery On Timeline Series
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Acer :: 5633 WLMI Recovery Discs
I bought the above laptop over a year ago with Vista Home Premium installed, with the usual partition including the recovery software. Did I make my recovery discs? No, I did not and subsequently had a hard drive failure that resulted in the partition being lost too. I managed to put an old copy of XP on which has been fine upto now. I just bought an xbox and want to put vista on my computer so I can use the Windows media centre.
Is there any other way I can get the recovery software without using Acer directly?
Acer :: How To Format/partition New Hdd Using Recovery CD
how to partition my hdd?
(using Acer Recovery CD to install Win XP)
I have an Acer Ferrari 3000Lmi notebook.
I just replaced the hdd with a new one.
it's 80GB 5400 rpm, IDE
It's not formatted and it's not partitioned.
My notebook is an old model,
so I don't think there's a recovery partition and it doesn't have an e-empowering acer button, etc.
It only comes with Acer recovery CD's.
when I put the new hdd in, it's detected in bios,
so I installed Win XP Home using the Acer Recovery CD.
and it didn't have option to format or to partition my hdd there.
everything just ran automatically.
and now I have one C: drive.
Can anyone help me on how to partition my hdd ?
I prefer not to use partition magic/other programs to partition my hdd.
I don't know if I have DOS.
I don't mind installing XP all over again, I just don't know how to format/partition the hdd before using the recovery CD.
Acer :: Recovery Partition Backup Howto
I have the AS1410 with win7. I couldn't get the virtual cd solution to work (perhaps that is because the version is now 10 not 9 or that I'm on win7 64bit). So my approach is to copy the the first 2 partitions, PQService and the 100MB one, and track 0 (MBR). These are all that is needed to build a new system on a new disk (I think). So here is my how to:
1. Grab your free copy of Paragon Backup and Restore from here and install it and get a free serial number from the web page it gives when you install.
2. Run it and choose backup disk or partition. Tick to save track 0 + MBR, and the first 2 partitions before C: to an empty directory on C:. Remember to apply changes then wait for this finish.
3: Copy this directory to a PC with a DVD burner.
Inside the directory you'll find the archive files split into DVD size chunks. Burn these to DVDs together with downloads of Paragon Backup and Restore, 32bit and 64bit to cover all bases if you want, plus the serial number, and a text file telling yourself what to do, which is: Install Paragon Backup and Restore, combine all the archive files into one directory on a hard disk, then rebuild track 0 and the first 2 partitions.