Question about Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Restore Hardrive to Factory Settings, Missing Hidden Partition

Hello, I have an Acer Aspire 4730z Laptop. It initially came with Windows Vista 32 bit home premium. I wanted to try Windows 7, so I wiped everything off the hardrive and installed it Windows 7. All was well. Now I wish to system restore it to factory settings and am having alot of trouble. I apparently deleted a hidden partition that is needed for system recovery. I was told by Acer I needed to purchase there recovery cds and I bought them. I put the first one in (system disk) and it went fine, asked me for the second (recovery disk) and I got this error: "restore failed - reason 0xa0000002" Things Iv'e tried: I read I had to partition the hardrive and make it ntfs. I did so with gparted. Tried it again and it still does not work, got the same error. I tried using Acer's DiskFormatDT V1-1D.iso and Acer's HD Initial.iso. They work at the start , then ask me for the recovery cds, at that point it reboots, and says non bootable cd is in the drive. I contacted Acer about the problem and they were no help. They pretty much said they don't know all problems and this was one of them. Any help is appreciated. Claudia

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Corporal:

    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 12 Answers

Yes Claudia you are right. When you wiped the hard drive you deleted the partition that contained the systen restore (factory restore). You will have to purchase a new copy of Vista. It will not contain all of the other programs that came with your computer originally.
Before you installed Windows 7 it clearly states that you have to back up your system before you install it on your hard drive.
Why didn,t you keeep windows 7, if I may ask? If you made a copy of it (which you had to do when you insatlled it) reinstall it and use it. Microsoft will let you purchase it for $50.00, which is a lot less that what it will cost you to purcase Vista Home Premium.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

Windows failed to start, Status 0xc000000f acer aspire 4730z


aspire aspire d257 status 0xc000000f Info: the select entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt

Jun 30, 2012 | Acer Computers & Internet

1 Answer

How do I repair the windows installation for an Aspire One D225E with Windows 7 (Starter).


Little netbooks like the Acer Aspire One have a hidden partition from where is possible to restore operating system. Many times in windows menu (from start => All programs) the producers installs a little program that is to recovery the laptop to default factory settings.
Beware before doing this you may want to save all your documents because after this operation you will lose all of them if you don't save them

Aug 22, 2011 | Acer Computers & Internet

1 Answer

I have an Acer Apire 5750-6636 that has a password that i forgot. I'm locked out. How can I restore the Computer back to factory settings without any restore discs?


Well, depending on whether or not you REALLY want to restore it, you do have a couple of options. There is a program called ophcrack http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/download.php?type=livecd that you burn to a disc and it will crack XP or Vista passwords. The vista disc may or may not work with Windows 7. If you really want to factory reset with the hidden partition, then just hold down the ALT and F10 keys at the same time while the computer boots up. If the recovery partition is in tact, this should bring up the restore options. Hope this helps

Aug 17, 2011 | Acer Aspire 5720-6661 Notebook PC

1 Answer

How do i take my acer 6930 back to factory settings.


On those Acer Laptops, its either going to be F10 or F11 to go into the factory restore. Keep pressing either button when you first turn on the laptop. If neither of those keys take you into the factory restore then that means the hidden partition is missing.

The only way at that point would be to format the hard drive and then install windows again. Then go ahead and install the drivers for the hardware and then any software you want as well.

May 14, 2011 | Acer Aspire 6930-6771 Laptop

2 Answers

How do you reboot the laptop?


Press and hold CTRL and ALT and press DELETE.
Release all the keys.

Oct 07, 2010 | Acer Aspire One PC Notebook

1 Answer

Going from 64 bit to 32 bit on Windows 7


Hello,

Ill make a big assumption here : On the bottom of your laptop there is a license key - That Key will tell you which kind of opertaing system you'll have on the hidden partition and it just might say 32bit or 64bit.

Nevertheless, disregard the top part here if it does not. Restart your Laptop, keep pressing ALT and F10 together continuously after the Acer Logo until it says somemething like "Windows is loading files". It should then give you onscreen instructions - and it might just also give you the option to choose which operating system type (32/64) you want.

On another model or also others, the Recovery DVD's that come with the laptop contain this option i know for sure. When pressing F12 on startup, (if the F12 boot menu is ENABLED under "advanced tab" in the BIOS) you can choose a device to boot up from ; Choose the DVD drive and boot from your recovery DVD - When it's done loading, you should be able to choose the operating system you would like to restore on your laptop.

Last but not least, if you have a Windows 7 Installation Disk, it will prompt you for choosing 32bit or 64 bit respectively. If you have lost the original recovery DVD's, you can request them from Acer.

Jun 03, 2010 | Acer Aspire 5500 5570-2609 Laptop

1 Answer

Restore my laptop


Some computers come with a "hidden" partition on the disk-drive, which can be launched to "restore to factory settings".

Or, you may have received a set of CD/DVD "System Restore" disks when you purchased the computer.

Or, contact ACER, and order a set of those "System Restore" disks to be courier-shipped to you.

Mar 03, 2010 | Acer Aspire 5315 Notebook

1 Answer

Can't perform acer aspire recovery management to my acer aspire 4730Z laptop


Hello and thank you for using Fixya's services.

Are you currently running Windows XP or Vista?

If running windows Vista, press F11 at startup, before the flashscreen appears. This will prompt the laptop into a factory restore mode.

If using Windows XP, you will need the restore disks. Most manufacturer's do not provide these with the purchase of the laptop but you can obtain a copy from the by calling their support or visiting their website. I believe the require shipping charges but do not charge for the software.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Nov 30, 2009 | Acer Computers & Internet

1 Answer

I need help with rebooting my acer computer back to factory. It is a Aspire 4810TZ-4011. It has Vista on it.


You can restore the laptop to Factory settings only if it contains the recovery partition.

While booting when you see the Acer logo, immediately Hold the Alt key and keep tapping F10, It you laptop has a recovery partition you will be able to get access to it.

Thank you for using Fixya

Oct 09, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5050-3242 Notebook

1 Answer

Not sure whether Athiros is the driver for WLAN ACER ASPIRE 4730Z


Here is the link for all drivers for your Laptop XP/Vista: Try all this drivers

WLAN_Broadcom_V4.170.25.19 Driver for Aspire 4730 4730Z Win XP

WLAN_Intel Shirley Peak_V12.0.0.78 Driver for Aspire 4730 4730Z Win XP

WLAN_Ralink_V1.1.5.0 Driver for Aspire 4730 4730Z Win XP

WLAN_Atheros_V7.6.0.239Driver for Aspire 4730 4730Z XP

http://komku.blogspot.com/2008/10/aspire-4730-4730z-windows-xp-and-vista.html

Mar 20, 2009 | Computers & Internet

Not finding what you are looking for?
Computers & Internet Logo

Related Topics:

2,481 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Computers & Internet Experts

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

David Payne
David Payne

Level 3 Expert

14161 Answers

Are you a Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...