Question about Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop
I am giving my old computer to my son, I wanted to format and do a system recovery so his computer would not have all my old suff on it. I put disk 1 in and it sent me to a screen that gave me the choice of doing a recovery or a format. I choose the format and it started to work. told me that all files including dat files on the user partition will be loast and the original factory shipped filse will be recovered to the user partition. Do you want to continue? I clicked yes. said hard disk preparation...please wait. then a box came up that said harddisk preparaton finished, you system will be rebooted to continue the installation process. Leave the recovery cd in teh drive and bood again on the cd. I clicked ok and it rebooted, then a messeage came up on a black screen that says Boot from Atapi cd-rom: No emulation. then gave me the choice to press r to display system recovery options. so i did and the whole process started all over again. Please help me.
Bay City, MI
When you finished doing the formatting for the first time please remove the disk from the drive or please dont press any key when the computer prompts you to ....boot from CD.
Posted on Dec 24, 2007
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There are multiple instances when you would want to wipe your PC's memory clean and reset it to the factory defaults.
Called "formatting," it is often the last-ditch effort to restore a PC to functionality.
You will also have to format your PC if it gets crippled by viruses.
Although these instructions are for the Compaq Presario, the steps are essentially the same for all Windows based PCs. Be sure that you want to delete everything this process is irreversible.
Back up any data that you want to keep by saving it to removable media, such as external hard drives, flash drives, DVD-R, etc.
Unplug all peripheral devices, except for the keyboard and mouse.
Turn on the computer. As the computer is starting, repeatedly press F1 to initiate the recovery process.
When the BIOS setup screen appears, press the right arrow key to select "Boot".
Press the down arrow key to select "Boot Device Priority" and press "Enter".
Press the down arrow key to select "CD-ROM" and press "+" to move it to the top of the list.
Open the CD-ROM tray, and insert the system recovery disk.
Exit the BIOS setup by pressing "F10". Be sure to select "Save Changes and Exit".
System recovery should initiate. If it does not, and the PC loads Windows, then you have either failed to set the CD-ROM at the top of the boot priority list or you exited the BIOS setup without saving.
Press "R" to begin the recovery process.
When prompted, select "Full System Recovery".
Restart the computer when the process has completed.
Hope this helps.
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