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I was trying to do a full system recovery

I put all three disc in, and it said at the end of the thrid disc that. out putA:\GHOSTERR.TXT? and it had a yes to click so i did, then it said INVALID DESTIONATION DRIVE. and it had an ok button so i clicked it, then a screen came up and said rebbot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot drive.

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Re: I was trying to do a full system recovery



I had to call e-machine support when my start up disc failed to load. They will tell you how to do it.


Just load the disc 1 in the tray and close the tray ... then disconnect power to computer for at least 1 minute. Then plug the cumputer back in. If it does not launch right away, press the POWER button it should start to load.


If that doesnt work e-machine has a number on the disc to call for support. At least they use to. I have ( 801) 401-1419 as there support number .... good luck. 

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Re: I was trying to do a full system recovery

Roxie, when it asks to output to a:ghosterr.txt, it is trying to save to a floppy disk.  If possible you can save it to a floppy and post the file up here for us to read, should help us work out a solution for you.

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Re: I was trying to do a full system recovery

I HAVE A E-MACHINE. If you have any C/files they will be lost ... But go ahead and un-plug power for at least one-minute. reapply power and insert the 1st Restore disc and continue through all your discs. If it asks for administrator it will cue you to type in a NAME for the user and a password. Make sure you save the password somewhere. It sounds like one of the discs did not properly load and caused a failure.

Its worth a try. Lucky you have a e-machine. Other computers like Dell dont give you the restore discs and you have to pay for Windows XP or Vista. Or take it back where you bought it.

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Starting a Recovery Turn on the computer and immediately begin pressing the F10 key repeatedly until a Recovery Screen appears. You can also start a recovery from recovery discs, or from Windows. For more information refer to Performing a Full System Recovery in Windows XP . Back to topRecovery is taking too long If your computer stops responding after using the recovery program, do the following:
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