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Gateway GT5404 Recovery Disk

A friend gave me a Gateway GT5404 PC with a bad HD and no Recovery disk. I have a SATA HD to use, but I need a recovery CD (or iso file). Does anyone have one that I can use? Thanks.

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The recovery disk is model specific and basically garbage. You'd be better off getting an install disc for Windows or another operating system. Many flavors of Linux are available and FREE.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

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If the computer originally came with a backup software disk, you can try contacting gateway for a replacement. If the backup software was instead on a dedicated partition of the original drive you will need an XP home system disk, in which case you can probably get a better deal off the shelf at a retailer. Be sure you get the full version and not an upgrade, as you don't have any windows system currently installed for an upgrade to detect. If your Gateway has a Windows XP COA affixed and you can borrow a full XP Home installation disk from a friend you can install from that disk inputting your number from your COA when prompted. (don't use your friends COA) Microsoft will recognize this as a genuine restored installation so long as you have not changed any other major hardware in the system, and you input the same information for activation as you did originally. And you can get the service packs and other updates just as you always have.

Or: you could become a Linux user for free. For the Linux newbie I would have to recommend the Ubuntu or PCLinuxOS for their user-friendliness. Again that's FREE! if you try it and don't like it you're out exactly $0.00! My systems have been Linux exclusively for about 7 years, and am kinda partial to the Mandriva distributions, though I tried PCLinuxOS a while back and have had that on this system ever since, though it has it's quirks. But don't all systems?


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Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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That vintage Gateway (although I do not recall a "GC400" or even a GX400--assuming a typo) had a recovery partition that can be accessed via a key pressed during the boot process.

Note all the onscreen insrutions during boot. If one of hem offers a Restore option, follow its instruction.

If not, it may be accessible from the boot menu. Press the F8 key repeatedly during the boot process to bring up the boot menu. Follow the onscreen prompts to effect a Restore.

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try using another hard disk

Posted on Jul 27, 2008

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If you have good internet access, you can download a live Linux distribution such as Knoppix, and burn the it to CD. Don't let the word "Linux" scare you out of this, Knoppix is very user-friendly. And there is loads of resources available online. Anyway, burn the CD, and boot the computer from it. It will take a little time to boot, as it is a live version running only in RAM. It has very powerful applications though, and you can access your hard drive from it so long as the drive is not corrupted beyond readability. If you can access the hard drive, you can view your files, and copy the files to a USB drive. Once you have your data, you can then shut down and restore windows if the drive will cooperate, or install to a new drive if necessary.

!!! Knoppix will not write to or erase any data from your hard drive without you give it permission to do so !!! It is about your safest option in that respect.

Just google Knoppix to find download sites. Most sites have instructions for downloading and burning your copy. And it's all FREE!!!


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Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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You are in luck I was able to find a Gateway recovery disc. I will be posting the link as soon as I have it uploaded to my site.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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