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Ive installed 160gb seagate 2.5 ide hard drive in my acer 2303lc when i put in recovery cd it says invalid system disk,replace the disk and press any key but when i press the key nothing happens ,its a new hard drive and i dont know if the drive has been formated and i dont know how to do it thanks

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  • pmdixon8 Feb 20, 2009

    these are the onbly 2 disks how do i format

  • pmdixon8 Feb 20, 2009

    and it says media test failure ,check cable

  • pmdixon8 Feb 20, 2009

    on the boot up it says media test failure ,check cable

  • pmdixon8 Feb 20, 2009

    yes all of that is there


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Your 2303 cannot carry hard drive that big. The specs state 80Gb max , but it should handle 120 Gb as the system will recognize up to 130Gb , but I have not tried it. MURRAY the MAGNIFICENT

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Do you have more of those recovery discs? are you sure you have the right one inserted?

I remember on my acer I first had to enter a system disc, then when asked the two recovery discs.

If your unable to get it working with those cds I would suggest you get your hands on a original windows xp or vista installation cd and install windows from it.

also have you tried to enter the boot menu on start up? when you power up it says on some corner of the screen what button to press to get it to open the boot menu and then select the cd/dvd rom drive.

Let me know if you need anything else.


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  • Ekse Feb 20, 2009

    try both cds in the drive and make sure you start them up from the boot menu, I think its F11 or F12. it says on one corner of the screen.

  • Ekse Feb 20, 2009

    Seems the computer is trying to start up from the network instead of the hard drive or cd.

    have you looked into the setup? I think its F2 button when you turn the computer on to enter the setup, look around the page and see if you can find details of the hard drive and the boot menu.

    the 160GB drive may be too big for the bios.

    you should see something like the above picture. see if you can find your hard drive model, from your computer, the same way its presented on this picture.



  • Ekse Feb 20, 2009

    the media test failure comes when the laptop is trying to start up from network and the network cable is disconnected. it requires a special server to connect the other cable to inorder to start up from network, you can't use that feature.

  • Ekse Feb 20, 2009

    Ok, when you turn the computer on, it will say in one corner of the screen to press this button to enter boot many, press that button and when the boot menu opens select the cd or dvd drive from the list and press enter. if you still are unable to start up from the cd I suggest you try the cds on another computer to see if they work.


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