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The Acer Aspire One Netbook has a hidden partition on its hard disk drive which allows recovery of
1. operating system to original factory image (with no recovery disk required)
2. applications (selectable)
3. drivers (selectable)
If the netbook came with pre-installed Windows XP, use Acer eRecovery Management by
1. pressing start button at bottom left corner of Taskbar
2. hover cursor over All Programs then Acer Empowering Technology
3. then click on Acer eRecovery Management and follow subsequent recovery instructions
Alternatively, on powering up, press Alt and F10 together while Acer logo is showing.
If this doesn't work, there is the possibility that the D2D recovery is not enabled for startup.
To enable D2D recovery,
1. press F2 on powering up to get into the startup utility
2. cursor over to the Main tab
3. cursor down to D2D and enable it.
4. save changes when exiting - system will reboot
5. again, press Alt and F10 together while Acer logo is showing.
Drivers for Acer products may be found on the Acer Product Support. Search for the product and download the drivers.
Alternatively, the factory installed drivers and applications can be
re-installed by using Acer eRecovery by following these steps:
Click Start, and then All Programs
Click Acer, and then Acer eRecovery Management
You may be prompted to enter or create a password. This password will be required to use eRecovery in the future.
In the next window on the left toolbar, select Restore.
Choose Reinstall Drivers or Applications
Choose the driver or application you wish to install
On the right, click the Install link and follow the prompts.
The computer may restart when installation is complete. If it does not restart, manually shutdown and restart the computer.
Note: For older Acer products, the Acer eRecovery Management program may not be available.
Press F2 when you boot and go into bios, make sure that D2D recovery is enabled. Then save the changes and exit, to run the recovery program you need to press Alt and tap F10 on boot when the manufacturers screen appears.
Unfortunately once your original HDD has been replaced you lose all e-recovery features and there is no-way this can be reversed.
If you could get hold of the image from your old drive you maybe able to write it to your new, its a bit messy though.
The main reason for the "factory default image backup" you have not working now is because a snapshot of the C: drive is stored on D: drive so when you replaced the drive itself you basically made that disc useless for eRecovery features.
Is the d2d erecovery function enabled in the bios?
To check, activate the BIOS utility, press <F2> during the POST; while the notebook PC logo is being displayed.
To enable D2D recovery ard disk recovery), select Main from the categories listed at the top of the screen.
Find D2D Recovery at the bottom of the screen and use the <F5> and <F6> keys to set this value to Enabled.
That should allow you to use the F10 function key to activate D2D.
* Note: D2D e-recovery is not in Acer Empowering Management.
AEM is a power management utility that supports ACPI (advanced configuration and power interface) which allows for maximum power conservation and maximum performance. (Managed by the windows OS)