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PC Running on the HP Recovery drive vice normal drive (C:)

My computer had a virus, so it was restored. Well, somehow, it seems to be running on the small partition, or the HP recovery drive (D: drive on my PC), and it is running super slow. I need to get it running on the C: drive (NTFS), how do I do this? Also, it is not finding the two disk drives, so I can't even load the boot disk, XP, or anything else at this point. The drivers for them are there, but it cannot locate the actual drives. Help? Any advice at this point would be great. I am sure it has to be something really simple, but I just can't get to the right spot for some reason. Thanks.

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Re: PC Running on the HP Recovery drive vice normal drive...

I don't know if you have already solved this problem but you can do a destructive recovery from your recover drive which allows you to partition the other drive same as the CD though purpose of the recovery drive is to restore your computer without using the CD then you have to download all drivers for your computer because the cd dose not have the drivers unless you get a cd with drivers from the manufacter the recovery drive or destructive recovery erases all files and folders on the computer but keeps the operating system and restores your computer to the state it was when you first got the computer. if you had a virus and used a regular recovery that usually does not delete or correct the virus if the viruses in the main system files for future reference the system restore can do the job without using the recovery drive system restore comes with all computers by default and is in the all programs of your start are to get to it you click on start all programs accessories and then system tools in that category should be something called system restore using the system restore allows you to take the computer back a few days or up to three months depending on how your computer does checkpoint so if you get a virus within three days and restore computer back three days a personal styles will not be erased but all installed application in thoses three days will be deleted hope this helps

If you plan to use to recover drive you want advanced options and you want to select destructive recovery your hard drive will automatically be reformatted a partitioned and your os will be reinstalled to do this you want to turn on your computer as normal as soon as you see the manufacture logo such as dell Hp ect... Press either F10 or F11 on your computer whichever one pulls up your recovery menu once their select advanced options and destructive restore warning doing a destructive restore erases all user data except for the operating system and the program's that the manufactured gave you when you first got your computer in your computer will look at operate just like when you first got it hope this helps

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Re: PC Running on the HP Recovery drive vice normal drive...

What happens when you try to boot from the disk?

I believe ESC is the boot menu button you press on startup, then what happens hen you boot from the disk?

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Turn off safemode

Remove any DVDs or CDs from the optical drives and then unplug all peripheral devices except for the keyboard and mouse.
Click the "Windows" button and then type "eMachines recovery management" into the search box.
Click on "eMachines recovery management" in the results list and then click the "Restore" tab.
Click "Password Settings" and then type a new password into the text box.
Click "OK" and then click "Restore System to Factory Default".
Type the recovery password into the "Password" text box and then click "OK".
Click "Next" To start the recovery process.
Click "Finish" and then wait for your computer to restart.
This procedure could take several minutes.
Once your computer has restarted, you'll be prompted to create a new user account, enter the date and time and set up the internet settings.

or if you are running XP
If you set your machine back to eMachines factory settings, it might help you for a short while but if you don't have effective virus protection your problems will return in short order.

You should get rid of this virus with an effective virus remover.

You can run Bitdefender's free online scan which doesn't need to be downloaded

If you know when you got the virus, you can do a system restore to a time before the virus was on your system.

This article tells you how to run it from safe mode

Your best protection in general is a complete internet security suite such as Bitdefender or Norton internet security 2009.

More information here

If you need to totally rebuild your system and you don't have a recovery disk, contact eMachines to get one.

You might also try a Windows repair install if you have the operating system disk.
Follow the directions here for XP

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Your Compaq computer includes a recovery partition that allows you to restore your operating system in the event you get a virus or your hard drive crashes. Use the Compaq Recovery Manager to restore the computer to the factory operating condition. Only use the recovery method as a final step in the troubleshooting process as all the software and personal files stored to the computer's hard drive will be erased.

Click the "Start" icon and type "recovery" into the "Start Search" field. Click the "Recovery Manager" option that appears in the list of results. Click "Advanced Options," and click the "System Recovery" option. Click "Next" and the computer will restart into the recovery mode. Click the "System Recovery" option and click "Next." Click "Next" in the "System Recovery" window to launch the recovery process. The partition will reformat your hard drive and restore your Windows Vista operating system to the original condition
HP Support document System Restores

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It is asking for the recovery discs that should have been made in the event there was a problem with the recovery sector on drive D or the hard drive failed. The only option is go to contact customer support and the technical department to see if they can sell you the much needed discs.

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My Compaq Presario sr2050nx seems to always be running. The fans are constantly going and it seems the hard drive is always on. It won't go in to sleep mode or hibernation mode. The monitor will to to...

I recommend running a few programs to make sure that you don't have a virus, spyware or adware hiding in your system. Avast is a free anti-virus tool that is very effective. Super-anti-spyware is great for getting rid of spyware, and Adaware is a great anti-adware tool --- both of these are also free. Try downloading these programs (all 3) and run them on your computer -- this will likely get your system running like normal. Once you have run these, run a disk cleanup and defragmenter to get everything into tip-top shape.

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I have a serious problem with my computer and I was wondering if you can help. You see, when I try to restore my compaq presario by clicking f11 when it starts up, it will load for a minute and a blue...

Hi there, please try this solution, no promises as it appears yo may have a fatal HDD error ot virus:

1. Power on the computer
2. Press F10 repeatedly when you see the HP or Compaq logo.
2. When the recovery screen appears, press Next and then Yes to perform a non-destructive recovery.
3. To perform a destructive recovery, click Advanced and then Yes.
4. After the recovery is finished, the PC will reboot.


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My pc will not boot it says esc to boot f1 to set up and f10 to system recovery and i cant get any farther than that it just freezes

It sounds like you may have had a operating system problem ie boot sector or a hard drive or drive controller problem.

When the computer boots the hardware tells it to look at a certain spot on the drie called a boto sector. This tells it how to load your operating system. Normally this happens so fast you may not see the blip on the light. If it has become corrupt or damaged then you get your error. This can happen from quite a few problems with the common being viruses or a drive problem.

You need to boot from a cd and run a drive repair suite such as symantics disk doctor (there are quite a few) these will try to repair this area and if successful will then be able to boot normally.

If the hard drive has a problem or the controller does then you would have to replace the drive or the motherboard. You can try f10 which will bring up a recovery menu. Usually your only options are a system restore which will wipe out everything on the drive but it will get it running again.

With it freezing on you it would seem there is a hardware problem. I would suggest that you take it to a local tech to get sorted out. They should also have the repair/recovery software on hand. Wish there were other options to suggest but I think this is past what can be helped without having hands on the computer itself.

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It's performing really slowly. How do I restore factory setting's i only have a blank recovery disc.

First do a virus scan and delete or quarantine any malware that comes up in the final results of the scan. Reboot the computer and see if it is running normally. If the computer is still not functioning properly you can use "Windows System Restore" to restore your computer's software configuration to an earlier date when it was functioning properly. The "System Restore" program is found under Programs/Accessories/System Tools.

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Custom made had a trogen and virus don't seem to have now according to latest scans,but had 90% of my pics wiped out plus some ms files. was told to restore with the restore disc not available. Can't...

It may be best to kill the Virus or Malware first on another PC by using a USB Hard Drive container or connecting directly to the Bench PC. The PC you use to do this needs to be on a PC that is not connected to the Internet and can take on a Virus... a Bench PC made for repairs. If your Hard Drive is that infected you could create more damage the longer it is running. Your Pics could be just deleted and mybe able to be Restored from the Recycle Bid or using a Data Recovery Tool... again from another Machine. if you do it youself... start with a new HD and reinstall fresh with all updates and virus protection. Add old drive and clean. See if the data is present on the old drive after clean.

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My eMachines T3882 with Windows XP just reboots over and over

Sounds like a sick hard drive. When it starts to reboot, press F8 and choose Windows Diagnostic Test. It will show a hard drive failure if one exists. If it finds a hard drive error, the hard drive is junk and needs replacing. Once replaced, you can run your restore/recovery disk to install Windows back to the condition it was in when you bought it.

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Emachine w3650 recovery disks....

The recover section will allow her to restore from the recover partion as long as the recover partition has not been removed.

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