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Re: Acer travelmate 4200 SMART hard disk problem
Your file system might get corrupted when you did not shutdown the computer properly. If you really need to close the laptop while doing something, then you might want to adjust power properties, so that the computer do not shutdown when you close.
For your hard drive problem, do the recommended action, by scanning your hard drive for problems. It will fix the problems.
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This warningmeans the hard disk will fail sometime in the near future. You need to back upyour data regularly before the hard disk fails or you will lose your data. When the hard disk fails, you need to replace with a new one and installWindows on the new hard drive to get your laptop working again.
If the BIOS does not detect the hard disk and Windows XP cannot detect the hard disk to install Windows, then the hard disk is faulty. To get your Acer working agai, you need to replace this hard disk with a new one.
Your hard drive has a hidden partition that contains the original factory OS and program stored for rescue and recovery.
1 Boot to Windows.
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
5 In the Recovery settings window, select Reinstall applications/drivers and
6 Select the desired driver/application and follow the instructions on screen
start computer when acer logo appears press F2 to go into BIOS settings scroll across to BOOT top menu bar with the arrow buttons scroll down to D2D enable/disable change to enable and ENTER. save and exit. restart computer once again when acer logo appears press <Alt>+<F10> at the same time to enter the recovery process, refer to on screen instructions to recover system.
Insert Windows Reinstallation disk into tray, Boot to CD/DVD-ROM by pressing F12 at initial boot screens, delete existing Windows partition, re-create partition, and then follow steps to reinstall Windows. This will lead you to an option for formatting hard drive. I recommend choosing the full format versus the quick, from this point you can let windows install, or just shut the computer down when the format finishes. You will have to watch the progress, though, if you don't want the install to commence.
Boot disk option:
For XP, 95, 98, or ME, follow the instructions at this MS article page. It will walk you through creating a boot disk that will allow you to format.
Back up your data as soon as possible so when the hard disk actually fails you won't lose your data.
When this happens you will need to buy a new hard disk and re-install Windows and you can copy your data back onto the new hard disk.
If the PC came with a recovery disk, just simply start the computer with it in the disk drive and it will have the option to "start from scratch" or the like. It will take everything back to the way it was when you first bought it.
Now, some laptops do not come with recovery disks. In this case, you'll need a windows disk with the CD-key for that version. Start the computer with that disk in the drive and just follow the prompts. It will give you the option to upgrade or fix windows, or to install windows. Choose to install windows and format the C:\ drive when it asks you if you'd like to format. It will then erase everything on the hard disk by formatting and continue to install a fresh copy of windows.
Be forwarned.. Windows installs are like watching grass grow; be prepared to have at least an hour of time to do the job. If there's any specific questions you have about it, or even a worry or the like; please feel free to ask. :)