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Trying to restore to factory settings, with external DVD-RW drive, and it keps refering me to to use the cd-drive of my notebook, and the cd-drive is bad, so should i do


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Re: Trying to restore to factory settings, with external...

Did you mean the factory settings in the bois? please be more specific.

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Mi notebook acer aspire 3000LCi the only do is a an upper and i dont have a recovery disk

When you restore your system back to the new factory settings, it will wipe your hard drive clean and do a fresh install of the operating system with the original factory setting.

To start this process, unplug all extra devices from your computer

(printers, external hard drives, etc.) as these can interfere with the system restore.

Starting with Windows XP, most systems with issued a system recovery disk in case of any problems with the factory installation.

Check the documentation and disks that came with your computer to determine if you have one of these system disks.

If you do have a copy of this disk, place it in your CD/DVD drive and restart your computer.

If you do NOT have a copy of this disc, skip to step 3 for further instructions.

Once you restart your computer, a screen will appear with the words.

Press Any Key to Boot From CD. Once you press a key, a screen will come up containing instructions to format your hard drive and restore the original factory settings.

Follow the on-screen prompts to finish the installation.

Once the restore is complete, remove your Recovery CD from the disk drive so that your computer does not try to boot from the CD again.

Restart your computer to complete the restore.

3. If you do not have a System Restore disk, then your computer should have a recovery partition on your hard drive, separate from the main partition of the disk.

Unplug all external devices and restart your computer.

When the loading screen comes on with the Windows logo, press Alt+F10 together five times.

This will bring up the system restore menu.

Follow the on-screen prompts to restore your computer back to the factory settings

hope this helps

Oct 17, 2012 | Acer Aspire 5610-4648 Notebook

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My cd drive will read cds but wont read as a burner

Not all Inspirons have CD burners (the 4 factory options were CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, and DVD/CD-RW. You can confirm that via Windows Start > Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager and double click on DVD/CD-ROM drives to see what model drive you have, then just Google it to see what it's capable of.

In case you have either a CD-RW type drive or a DVD/ CD-RW drive and it doesn't want to burn CD's , then it's a bad drive.

Sep 08, 2011 | Dell Inspiron 1100 Notebook

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I'm lookin to restore my hp netbook to factory settings. I tried to system restore and it wasn't allowed.

if you want to do the factory default setting then you need to install the operating system with the help of recovery cd's.

if you have the recovery cd's you need to connect the usb external cd/dvd drive to the computer.

if you don't have the recovery cd's you can get it from or you can call hp telephone support they will help you out.

Dec 12, 2010 | HP Mini 1000 Netbook

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My Drive is not reading any CD I put in it

Optical drive problems

NOTE: High-speed optical drive vibration is normal and may cause noise, which

does not indicate a defect in the drive or the media.

NOTE: Because of different regions worldwide and different disc formats, not all

DVD titles work in all DVD drives.

Problems writing to a CD-RW or DVD+/-RW

CLOSE OTHER PROGRAMS - CD-RW and DVD+/-RW drives must receive a

steady stream of data when writing. If the stream is interrupted, an error
occurs. Try closing all programs before you write to the drive.

refer to the manual , click this link

Oct 16, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 1721 Notebook

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I need to restore my Satellite A65 to out of box state. The DVD stopped working as well. The recovery disk is a DVD. I tried to put it on a pin drive and restore from there. As I suspected, it restarts...

Starting with Windows Vista there is a big leap in doing a system restore or recovery. Windows 7 also has the same options. In case your system is not displaying any GUI or there is crash more often , just follow these
  • Press F8 when your computer starts.
  • Choose System Recovery which should be the first option
  • You will be prompted for user name password which should be an administrator account.
  • Next you will get 5 ways of making a restore : Startup repair, System Restore, Windows complete pc restore, Windows Memory Diagnostic tool and Command prompt

System Recovery tools in Windows Vista and Windows 7
Out of the 5 options, Windows Complete PC restore is used when you have backup of your pc or at least of the drive where you had installed windows. Command prompt recovery mode is only for advanced users and Memory Diagnostic tool is only used when windows gives notification to you and asks you to run it. Else it is not required to run it.

Oct 05, 2010 | Toshiba Satellite A65-S1062 Notebook

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Sony Vaio VGN N320E won't start - recycles to error window have a vista repair disk - doesn't seem to work - trying to save precious photos before ordering recovery disks from Sony Would like it to start...

You can backup the data and restore it to factory settings.
Please restart the Computer, press the F10 key at startup to access the Recovery Center.
Select Rescue Data option to backup the data to an external USB Hard Drive or thumb Drive or CD/DVD Disc..
Select Custom Rescue Data option to backup the individual data.
Once the data is backed up, select Restore C Drive option to restore the Computer back to the factory settings.

Apr 18, 2010 | Sony PC Laptops

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How to restore my D620 to factory settings without a CD?

Hello there!

Well its impossible to restore any of todays laptops without their factory os dvd/cd. You could setup new operative system and make your laptop simmilar to what it was on factory settings, or you can search dell to send you that same cd/dvd on your post mail to your house.

I suggest you read and contact them in order to solve your problem. Hope i helped you! =)

Aleksandar Adzic

Apr 16, 2010 | Dell Latitude D620 Notebook

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I have an HP Mini 1035NR that I need to restore to factory settings. It came with a recovery disk but doesn't have a cd slot

What they don't tell you when those are sold is that you should get yourself an external USB cd/dvd drive. Thses work very well and are slim line products. If you have a spare laptop cd/dvd drive, Ebay sells the housing and usb cable to convert an internal laptop drive into a USB external.

Oct 09, 2009 | HP Mini 1035NR Notebook

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How can i watch dvds ?

You need to buy an external DVD RW, you will be able to watch and record DVD and CDs on your Eee.
Here is a lelection, they start from $40
Cheap ones are usually big, probably bigger than your Eee, here are a couple of nice pocket model

Addonics Pocket DVD+/-R/RW - DVDâ±RW drive

External Dual Layer DVDâ±RW Drive

LG LightScribe External DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Slim

Targus PACMB010U DVD/CD-RW Drive

Let me know if this had been helpful.

Many thanks

Aug 28, 2008 | ASUS Eee 4G Notebook

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DVD-RW IBM A31 Thinkpad problem

I take it you are trying to "send to" files to the DVD-RW?You can't burn a DVD just with windows XP . It only supports CDRW drives.

Get commercial software like Roxio or Nero, or download a free CD burning program like this one:

Dec 07, 2007 | IBM ThinkPad A31 Notebook

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