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Reformating hard drive, installing devices

After reformatting the hard drive using the recovery disks, at the screen for installing devices the bar graph stops at the arrow. This has happened before, and a repair shop said it was a IDE connector. I want to take it apart and check all connectors, but I wanted you opinion on what you all have heard or found to be the problem. I would like to have a permanet solution. I was also told it could be a motherboard. The first time this[happened] required reformatting, was due to programs missing, drivers fail ing. The second time was similar, the third I believe was caused by a virus: program access was denied and Trend Micro Internet Security was uninstallable. The repair shop was able to complete the reformatting process but I feel a permanet solution is in order. Thanks, D

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Re: reformating hard drive, installing devices

Well, if it's your IDE controller, you're not going to get it fixed without replacing the motherboard. But it seems equally likely it could just be a short in an IDE cable. That could also lead to the corrupt files that caused you to have to reformat in the first place. A new IDE cable is probably around $10, and available at any computer store. I'd suggest starting with that.

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If you are going to reformat your entire hard drive, you will need to use an OS boot/install disc from your optical drive, a windows XP setup disc is not enough to get the job done, you need Windows Vista/7 Setup DVD.
How To Format From Windows Setup Disc

The link will take you to a site that breaks out the process.

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Can i use samsung recovery solution 4 for reformating the samsung n150plus?

Yes you can and if you just want to format the hard disk the discontinue the recovery installation.
You can also use a Windows installation Cd to delete the partition on the hard drive, create a new partition and format the partition then do not continue with the Windows installation.

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My acer laptop turns on, then tells me to contact the systems administrator. If I try to continue it shuts down. at one time I recall reading that the files have been currupied. is there anything I can...

It sounds like the Windows boot files have become corrupted. That could happen for several reasons, but if you're willing to just reformat/reload the operating system, we're only concerned with one of those reasons.

There are some viruses that can corrupt boot files. If that's what happened, then reformatting/reloading the OS will take care of it.

On the other hand, it could be that your hard drive may be failing. When you reformat/reload, the Windows system will tell you if it finds errors on the drive.

The following is from the Acer manual for your machine as to how to access the BIOS and enable a hard disk recovery:

To activate the BIOS utility, press during the POST; while the notebook PC
logo is being displayed.

Boot sequence

To set the boot sequence in the BIOS utility, activate the BIOS utility, then select
Boot from the categories listed at the top of the screen. [You should set the CD/DVD drive to be the first boot device, in case you need to reload from a DVD]

Enable disk-to-disk recovery

To enable disk-to-disk recovery (hard disk recovery), activate the BIOS utility,
then select Main from the categories listed at the top of the screen. Find D2D
Recovery at the bottom of the screen and use the and keys to set this
value to Enabled.

[End of manual quote]

If you're not able to restore from the hidden partition on the hard drive, which may happen if the drive is damaged, then you'll have to try to restore using a Windows DVD.

Hope that's helpful.

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How to reformat back to windows vista ?

You need a windows Vista disc. Insert the disc and follow the prompts. I would format the hard drive instead of upgrading do a new install. The best way would be to go into your bios and make sure the boot device order has the cd-rom booting before the hard drive. Then put the disc in and start the computer, when it says press any key to boot from cd hit any key and let it load and then follow the prompts to install.

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Cant install recovery disks after a hard drive reformat!

the recovery disk is designed to repair or restore a system to its previous factory condition and is not a full installation. the formating of your hdd would have erased all the data required for this process to be completed. you can try a recovery utility that may be able to help you at this link. the disk might not have been saved in an .iso format to tell the computer to run it before starting an OS. if this disk is recognized and runs on your system then you will need to attempt a recovery, which is unlikely since the drive has allready been formated many necessary system files may not be able to be restored. at this point a complete new install will be necessary.
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Start up problem

This generally indicates a hard drive failure. You can try to do an operating system repair with the recovery or operating system disc, but most likely you will need to replace the hard drive.

When you see the IBM screen you need to enter the boot menu. On this screen it tells you what to press to get to the boot menu. Place the recovery or operating system disc in the drive, and select the CD drive from the boot menu, then follow the directions. If the repair doesn't work, then reformat the hard drive and install a new operating system. If you have any issues during or after the format or install, then the hard drive has failed and will need replaced. You want to do a full NTFS format, not the quick format, if the hard drive is bad, it won't format.

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You have to put the windows disk in, and then shut down computer. Make sure the laptop is set to boot from cd. Then follow the on screen instructions.

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Installing drivers after reformating hard drive

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