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Depending on the BIOS used by the system, the error message that appears could also be "Missing operating system". There are both hardware and software issues that may be causing either of these error messages to appear which we will look at in turn.
Is your hard drive detected by the BIOS?
There is the possibility that the connection to the drive has been jarred loose. The documentation for your device available from the Acer website is next to useless and I cannot find a decent shot of the underside of the computer but there should be a means to access the hard drive of your computer via a covered opening without resorting to major disassembly. On most laptops it only requires a small Philips screwdriver to remove it. Just open up the cover and ensure the drive is firmly seated in the connector.
If the drive is securely connected, you may have a failed hard drive. In this case, the drive needs to be replaced, your OS reinstalled (if you have the correct media), and your data restored from backups. You have been making backups, right?
The software side
If you can see your hard drive in the BIOS, there is a problem with the boot record or the BCD (Boot Configuration Database). To fix this, you need to have a bootable repair disc created from your system earlier or a Windows installation disc for the version of Windows currently installed on the machine. The recovery discs provided by OEMs or created by their recovery disc creation software will not work for this. They only place a new copy of the factory installed image on the system and are not the same as the Windows installation DVD.
If you have the installation disc, boot from it.
That's rather a vague question. However there are quick a few packages out there to backup complete systems.
Firstly there is Acronis True Image. This software can create an image or file backup over multiple discs or partitions from a windows environment or direct booting from CD. It supports SSD hard-drives, partitions hard-drives and more. Click on the below link for more information. Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and...
Another software package is Symantec System Recovery. This software does exactly some thing as the above mentioned package as well as check hard-drives for errors, network & system tools.
Here is the link Symantec System Recovery Desktop Edition
What operating system? Windows? If so, what version? Linux? Mac?
It could be a corrupt system file or a corrupt section in the MBR of the drive. If you have critical data on the drive that needs backed up, then I recommend that you (from another machine of course) download a live cd version of linux to boot into along with an external usb hard drive. You can then mount your existing drive and copy your data to the external usb drive for a backup of data. I would recommend either PclinuxOS, Knoppix or Puppy Linux. Exit once backup is complete.
Next, boot your machine with either a restore disk received with the purchase of your computer, or if unavailable, boot to a system disk of your current operating system (such as windows xp, etc.). This MIGHT require a fresh install of the operating system - thus the reason for doing a backup of data first. If however, there is a bad sector in the drive's MBR then you're ultimately looking at replacement of the hard drive and then performing a restore or a fresh install of the operating system.
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Ok, you need to boot from your DVD with a Widows, install boot disc, inserted, and boot up on that DVD, then do a startup repair. OR...
Run Acer eRecovery Management
Copy the Acer factory default backup disk Image
Create backup of the system
Create a complete backup
Creating an incremental backup
Erase a backup point
Using the option â€˜â€˜Burn Diskâ€™â€™
Burn a backup disc with the factory default settings
Burn a backup disc with the parameters of user
Copy the current system configuration to disc
Burn a disc backup software
Restore the system
Restore system to factory default settings
Restore system from backup user
Recover the system from CD / DVD
Re-install applications / drivers
Other means of System Restore
No Restore CD / eRecovery / password / ALT + F10 or F10
other laptops, Acer laptops integrate a computer management utility
called 'Acer eRecovery Management' to create backup of hard drive data,
create restore point, reinstall applications & drivers, and reset
Acer laptop to factory setting.
Step 1: Before starting your Acer laptop, ensure that there is no external storage device attached to it. Now start your laptop.
Step 2: Press 'Alt + F10' when the laptop starts booting, and wait for a moment while Windows loads the reset files.
Step 3:When 'Acer eRecovery Management' window appears, select 'Restore System from factory default' and click 'Next' to continue.
Step 4: Again click 'Next' to
reset your Acer laptop. This process will erase all data from your hard
disk and reset your Acer laptop to original factory settings.
Step 5: Click 'OK' in the notification window to begin the the resetting operation. Now wait while your Acer laptop is reset to factory settings.
Tips: You can also create a backup copy of your laptop data before factory reset. Simply click 'Backup' in 'Acer eRecovery Management' window.
This problem is because of one of the unsuitable driver. Logon to your system in safe mode and update drivers for all the hardware and restart. Hint: keep pressing F8 while booting to show other booting options from where you can select safe mode.
After using Darik's boot and nuke (DBAN) your hard drive will be wiped clean with little chance of recovery. This also depends on how many passes you used for the disk wipe. More passes = less chance of recovery.
Restore from backup You can restore backups previously created (as stated in the Create backup section) from hard disk, CD or DVD. 1 Boot to Windows XP. 2 Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility. 3 Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros. 4 In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery actions and click Next. 5 Select the desired restore action and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the restore process.
If windows is running you can start it by going to Programs, Acer Empowering Technology and run the Acer eRecovery Management. Note that on the bottom of the eRecovery Management window are 3 choices, Backup, Burn Disk and Restore. Click on Restore. Here you have the choice of select Restore System to Factory Default.
If windows is not working but the system boots -
Reboot the system and when the Acer logo appears, hold down the ALT key and press F10. This starts the recovery process, just follow the instructions.