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Unable to restore laptop using recovery disk.

How can I take out the optical drive to replace it with a new one?

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Re: Unable to restore laptop using recovery disk.

Remove the single screw that holds the dvd bay. It is the closest to the centre of the base and is not marked 9B. The bay can then be slid out.

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How to restore from recovery disk after installing a new hard drive

The procedure to restore from recovery disk will vary according to which computer you have. Usually you insert the recovery disc in CD / DVD drive after selecting boot sequence 1 from CD/DVD in Bios. You then push the power on button. Once windows boots from recovery CD it will continue with building up the new hard drive.

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Im having trouble restoreing my Toshiba Ssatellite laptop to the oringal factory image .I cant pull up the hard drive disk utillity menu can you please help me out ?

If you are unable to get into the recovery partition then most likely the hard drive is failing and needs to be replaced. You can buy new hard drives for as little as $45 online or best buy. Once you have the new drive in you would need a recovery disc set to re install the OS + software. If you do not have the recovery disc set you will need to order that from toshiba.

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Got Dell Inspiron 2650 2002 from a friend, free. Want to restore to factory settings. How? Installed Windows XP and Norton Anti Virus

Hi and welcome to fixya!

There are two ways to restore this machine to factory settings;

First is thru the Recovdery partition in the hard disk itself:

  • 1 Close any windows currently open and click the Inspiron's "Start" button. Select "Shut Down" and choose the "Restart" option.
  • 2 Tap "F8" when the Dell image appears on the screen. Continue tapping the key until the advanced boot menu loads.
  • 3 Scroll down to "Repair Your Computer" and press "Enter" to access the DataSafe local backup screen. Click "Next." Select "Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe options."
  • 4 Click the "Restore without preserving new or changed files" radio button and click "Next." Click "Next" three more times and click "Restart" to restore the disk drive to its original condition. Follow the on-screen prompts to set your operating system settings.

If the hdd was already repartitioned or corrupted, the second option should work:

  • 1 Insert the Dell recovery disk in your Inspiron's optical drive and close the "AutoPlay" window when it appears. Shut down any other open programs. Click "Start" and select "Restart."
  • 2 Tap "F2" as soon as the Dell image appears on the laptop's screen. Scroll to the "CD-ROM" option and press "Enter." Tap any key when you see the "Press any key to boot" option.
  • 3 Press "Enter" when the setup screen appears. Press "F8" and highlight the Dell's hard drive partition. Press "Enter."
  • 4 Follow the instructions on the screen to choose the Inspiron's operating system options. Click "Finish" and remove the recovery disk from the optical drive. Click "Start" and select "Restart."
Hope this helps!


Jul 19, 2011 | Dell Inspiron 2650 Notebook

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I couldn't restore my mini hp. How to restore factory my mini hp? As i couldn't find ways to restore it from my mini hp. By the way, my mini laptop doesn't have any CD rom drive.

Roxio BackOn Track is a suite of backup and recovery tools which includes the following: · Disaster Recovery? · File Backup? · Instant Restore? Accessing Roxio BackOn Track There are two ways to access Roxio BackOn Track?through the boot menu or through the Windows Start menu. Use the boot menu option if you cannot access Windows. You can use the boot menu to restore your computer to a previous working state or to return the computer to the state it was in before the last time it was restored. You must be able to access Windows to use the other options, such as Disaster Recovery. To access Roxio BackOn Track using the boot menu, follow the steps below. 1. Press the power button to turn on the HP Mini. 2. Press and hold down the f6 key to open the Windows Boot Manager, use the down arrow key to select Roxio BackOnTrack , and then press the enter key to open Roxio BackOn Track.To access Roxio BackOn Track using the Windows Start menu, click Start , All Programs , Roxio , BackOnTrack , and then BackOnTrack Home to open Roxio BackOn Track.Backing up your hard drive using Disaster Recovery 1. In the left pane, click Disaster Recovery to expand the options, and then in the right pane, click Backup Drive . 2. Select the hard disk drive from the drop-down list in step 1, click inside the text box in step 2 and add any comments that you want to add, select a destination drive from the drop-down list under Destination Selection , and then click the large circle button at the bottom-right of the screen to continue. 3. Wait while Backup Drive creates an image of your hard drive. Restoring your hard drive Prior to restoring your hard drive, you must have created a disaster recovery set. To restore your hard drive using Disaster Recovery, follow the steps below. 1. Shut down and power off your HP Mini if it is not already powered off. 2. Connect an external USB optical drive to the HP Mini. 3. Connect the flash drive or external USB drive that you used to create your Disaster Recovery disc. 4. Power on your HP Mini, insert your Disaster Recovery disc into the external USB optical drive, and then restart your computer. 5. Follow the on-screen instructions to select a Disaster Recovery Set and the drive or drive partition you want to restore.For more information, please see the Help within the Roxio BackOn Track software.

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Mbr error

1. You can fix the MBR error by booting the Computer with a Windows Setup disk.

2. Boot from the Windows CD, and press "R" to enter the Recovery Console.

3. In the Recovery Console Enter your Administrator password.

4. Type in the following: bootcfg /rebuild

5. Then: fix mbr

6. Type: Exit

Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Recovery error 320 on sony vaio laptop

Ketanvasu your an idiot....If he's trying to recover the laptop obviously the thing isn't how the hell is he supposed to burn cd's genius?

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If you receive this error in start up and your computer doesn't load windows. It was unable to read the disk.

Please use your recovery discs (or windows installation cd/dbd) to restore the computer. If the recovery discs don't solve the problem and you still receive the same error, the hard drive is possibly damaged. I would suggest to take the laptop to a professional for testing and fixing.

Thanks and good luck.

May 03, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-FS990 Notebook

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Trying to run recovery disc on computer and cd rom isn't reading

I see this as one of 2 possible failures.
  1. Optical drive failing. Take out the Hard drive, see if the recovery disk, or another bootable disk will boot. If no change, replace the optical drive.
  2. Hard Drive failing. If the system will boot to a CD with the HDD out or if replacing the optical drive has no change, then the HDD is the next logical failure point.

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Delete everything off

See the instructions below from the support website - you need the discs that came with your laptop. If you do not have them, find an OEM copy of your systems operating system and install. Be sure to download and install all driver software from the Fujitsu Website.

Restoring operating system
Using the ”Windows Recovery CD" and the ”Drivers & Utilities CD", you can restore the operating
system of your notebook.
All hard disk contents are deleted during operating system restoration. After this, operating system,
drivers and software utilities will be reinstalled. For this reason you should try to save important data
to a backup medium before you restore the hard disk contents.
► Insert the "Windows Recovery CD" into the optical drive.
► Switch the notebook on.
► Follow the instructions on the screen.
Detailed PC knowledge is required for manual partitioning.
You must then reinstall all the drivers. Use the "Drivers & Utilities" CD provided.

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