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Restore backup files

They said I had to restore my computer to its original.....They (geek squad) backed up my files. How do I restore them?

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  • deebee2 May 14, 2008

    I have the backups from geeksquad.....tried to restore them to my computer and the files are read-only (quicken).   How do I make them (not) read-only?

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Check your main hard drive c:\ the drive will have a folder called toshiba restore or restore open the folder and look for a setup.exe file or a auto .exe file this will restore the computer back to factory settings. The solution above regarding cd's does not exist unless you call toshiba and order the restore disks

Posted on Oct 28, 2013

You should have everything saved ("backed up") on dvds now. Your next step is to pop in the restore discs that came with the computer unless you have a vista machine that isn't a toshiba or dell because vista machines (like HP) makes you create your own.

pop in your disc, boot to cd, and press next a few times... it will delete everything and get the pc back to the first day you bought it.

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Reset a Inspiron 15


Backup important files and data

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel window, click System and Maintenance, and then click Back Up and Restore Center.
  3. Under Back up files or your entire computer, click Back up files.If the User Account Control window appears, and you are prompted for an administrator password or a confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
  4. On the Where do you want to save your backup? page, choose the location in which to save the backup. To do this, click either On a hard disk, CD, or DVD or On a network, and then specify the location. If you select a hard disk, be sure to save the backup to an external drive such as a USB key or USB hard drive.
  5. Click Next.
  6. On the Which file types do you want to backup? page, click to select the check boxes next to the types of files that you want to back up, and then click Next.
  7. On the How often do you want to create a backup? page, leave the defaults as they are and click Save settings and start backup, to back up the files to the specified location. Backup will save the files in the background and may take several minutes to complete. If you specified a removable drive, Backup may prompt you to enter an additional blank disc if more than one is necessary to hold all your files. Be sure to label your discs thoroughly (such as "My Files Disc 1" etc.) so you can quickly restore them later.
    Once the Backup Complete message appears, you are ready to proceed with the next step.

Remove non-essential peripherals

Except for the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, remove all external peripherals including:
An external peripheral is a device that connects to a port on the front, side or back of the computer, like a printer or memory key.
  • Scanner
  • Printer
  • Modem or Network cables
  • Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
  • USB flash drive or other external Hard Drive
  • Any other external devices (e.g., USB-attached devices)
  • Remove the computer from the docking station, if you are using one.

Restore the computer's software to original condition.

An external peripheral is a device that connects to a port on the front, side or back of the computer, like a printer or memory key.
  1. Turn on the computer.
  2. As the computer starts, press < F8 > on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen. You must press before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.
  3. Press the < Down Arrow > on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press < Enter >.
  4. Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
  5. Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
  6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
  7. In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
  8. Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.
  9. Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
  10. When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer. The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.

Restore your personal files and data from backups

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel window, click System and Maintenance, and then click Back Up and Restore Center .
  3. Under Restore files or your entire computer, click Advanced Restore.
  4. On the What do you want to restore? page, click Files from a backup made on a different computer and click Next.
  5. Locate the backup you created earlier by browsing to it now. If you saved the backup to CD(s) or DVD, insert that disc now. Once the backup is located and selected, click Next.
  6. On the Select the files and folders to restore page, click Restore everything in this backup then click Next. Backup will restore the files to your computer. If you are restoring from a removable drive and used more than one blank disc, Backup will prompt you to enter the next disc in the set as necessary. Depending on the number of files and their sizes, this process may take several minutes.

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How can i restore factory settings without password


You can only restore the BIOS settings by selecting F2 on reboot. You need the password to restore operating system settings. Geek squad can break password.

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I do not want to restore a backup, I want to read files from the backup files


Typically back-up files made by back-up programs are encoded, and depending on which back-up software this may or may or may not allow you to access the backed-up files individually. How you access your backed up files will also depend on the back-up software you use.

For HP's back-up utility, "to recover a deleted file, simply use the Restore Wizard" - be careful not to recover the file on top of the current version of that file though.
http://h20331.www2.hp.com/Hpsub/cache/312352-0-0-225-121.html
see also the instructions (manual) for this utility
http://www.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01824301.pdf

This procedure should work for any back-up software.Copy your back-up. Restore your back-up to a new location. Access the files you want from the restored back-up. Now you have access to the files in the back-up as they were when they were made, while still retaining your back-up and your current files. Be careful not to confuse 'old' for 'new' and 'copy' for 'original'.

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How to reset laptop


Knowledge Base

Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings for Windows Vista


Table of Contents:

  1. Backup important files & data.
  2. Remove non-essential peripherals.
  3. Restore the computer's software to original condition.
  4. Restore your personal files and data from backups.
  5. Download and install driver updates
This article provides information on restoring your computer´s software to the factory settings.
Dell has designed two new backup and restore programs.
Dell Inspiron, Studio, and XPS computers use DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 as the PC Restore/Factory Image Restore option as of April 22, 2009.
Dell OptiPlex, Latitude, Vostro, and Precision computers use Dell Backup and Recovery Manager as the PC Restore/Factory Image Restore option as of May 26, 2009.

Backup important files and data

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel window, click System and Maintenance, and then click Back Up and Restore Center.
  3. Under Back up files or your entire computer, click Back up files.
    If the User Account Control window appears, and you are prompted for an administrator password or a confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
  4. On the Where do you want to save your backup? page, choose the location in which to save the backup. To do this, click either On a hard disk, CD, or DVD or On a network, and then specify the location. If you select a hard disk, be sure to save the backup to an external drive such as a USB key or USB hard drive.
  5. Click Next.
  6. On the Which file types do you want to backup? page, click to select the check boxes next to the types of files that you want to back up, and then click Next.
  7. On the How often do you want to create a backup? page, leave the defaults as they are and click Save settings and start backup, to back up the files to the specified location. Backup will save the files in the background and may take several minutes to complete. If you specified a removable drive, Backup may prompt you to enter an additional blank disc if more than one is necessary to hold all your files. Be sure to label your discs thoroughly (such as "My Files Disc 1" etc.) so you can quickly restore them later.
    Once the Backup Complete message appears, you are ready to proceed with the next step.
    For additional resources to help resolve issues not covered under Dell's limited hardware warranty, refer to Dell Knowledge Base article, Search for Additional Solutions .
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Remove non-essential peripherals

Except for the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, remove all external peripherals including:
An external peripheral is a device that connects to a port on the front, side or back of the computer, like a printer or memory key.
  • Scanner
  • Printer
  • Modem or Network cables
  • Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
  • USB flash drive or other external Hard Drive
  • Any other external devices (e.g., USB-attached devices)
  • Remove the computer from the docking station, if you are using one.
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Restore the computer's software to original condition.

An external peripheral is a device that connects to a port on the front, side or back of the computer, like a printer or memory key.
  1. Turn on the computer.
  2. As the computer starts, press < F8 > on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen. You must press before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.
  3. Press the < Down Arrow > on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press < Enter >.
  4. Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
  5. Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
  6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
  7. In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
  8. Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.
  9. Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
  10. When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer. The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.
Back to Top

Restore your personal files and data from backups

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel window, click System and Maintenance, and then click Back Up and Restore Center .
  3. Under Restore files or your entire computer, click Advanced Restore.
  4. On the What do you want to restore? page, click Files from a backup made on a different computer and click Next.
  5. Locate the backup you created earlier by browsing to it now. If you saved the backup to CD(s) or DVD, insert that disc now. Once the backup is located and selected, click Next.
  6. On the Select the files and folders to restore page, click Restore everything in this backup then click Next. Backup will restore the files to your computer. If you are restoring from a removable drive and used more than one blank disc, Backup will prompt you to enter the next disc in the set as necessary. Depending on the number of files and their sizes, this process may take several minutes.
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Download and install driver updates

Once your operating system has been restored, visit the Dell Support website to download and install the latest drivers and firmware for your computer.

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I purchased a restart/restore disc for my emachine two weeks ago i recieved it some time last week and come to find out that it dosnt work, i took it to best buy geek squad and the put in a disc of their...


Was the Geek Squad's disc being detected? Or did you just take them your disc to see if they could get a computer to recognize it? If not, then you may just need to change some settings at Boot for your computer to start booting from your restore disc. I've never personally dealt with the Geek Squad, but I would not just take their word for something. I've had several people very unhappy with the outcome of letting them service their computers. I've talked to other people who were very happy with the Geek Squad service. Try taking your disc to a local computer shop and ask them if they can put the disc in their computer to see if it is a functioning Restore Disc. MADHATTER COMPUTERS

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Restoring files to my C: drive


  1. Open shortcutcold.gifBackup.
  2. The Backup Utility Wizard starts by default, unless it is disabled.
  3. Click the Advanced Mode button in the Backup Utility Wizard.
  4. Click the Restore and Manage Media tab, in Click to select the check box for any drive, folder, or file that you want to restore, select the files and folders you want to restore by clicking the check box to the left of a file or folder.
    1. In Restore files to, do one of the following:
    2. Click Original location if you want the backed up files and folders to be restored to the folder or folders they were in when they were backed up. Skip to step 6.
    • Click Alternate location if you want the backed up files and folders to be restored to a folder that you designate. This option will preserve the folder structure of the backed up data; all folders and subfolders will appear in the alternate folder you designate.
    • Click Single folder if you want the backed up files and folders to be restored to a folder that you designate. This option will not preserve the folder structure of the backed up data; the files will appear only in the folder that you designate.
    1. If you selected Alternate location or Single folder, type a path for the folder under Alternate location, or click the Browse button to find the folder.
    1. On the Tools menu, click Options, click the Restore tab, and then do one of the following:
    2. Click Do not replace the file on my computer if you do not want the restore operation to copy over files that are already on your hard disk.
    • Click Replace the file on disk only if the file on disk is older if you want the restore operation to replace older files on your disk with newer files from your backup.
    • Click Always replace the file on my computer if you want the restore operation to replace files on your disk regardless of whether the backup files are newer or older.
    1. Click OK to accept the restore options you have set.
    2. Click Start Restore.

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    Geek Squad Backup Disks


    Usually you just put the first backup disk in the CD/DVD drive and restart/reboot the computer.
    If it does'nt boot up you have to go in to the bios settings and change the boot sequence so that it boots from the CD/DVD rom instead of the Hard Drive. When it's finished the restore task you can either leave the bios settings as they are, or change it back to boot from the Hard Drive. Sometimes the backup/restore disks will put the PC back to the same as the day you bought it, which means completely wiping the Hard Drive and reloading the Operating System (Windows) and any programs that where installed at the time the disks were made. If you can run the backup/recovery from within Windows there will be a program in the Programs list on the Start menu. That way you usually keep anything that you have added since you bought the PC and it just reinstalls the Operating System to restore it back to it's original condition.

    Hope this helps.

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    Cant restore my acer aspire 5100


    ok well first iv had nothing but bad luck with them. i think you would need to buy a new copy of windows xp, u can choose the version. you cant get your factory settings back with all the programs that acer gives you when you buy your pc, unless they send you a new hard drive. the restore cds i think with acer word from that specific restore partition on the hard drive. and with most pcs from i think 2002 and up have the F11 option with the restore partition to reset and restore your computer. when they erased your hard drive, they erased every little bit of data that was on it. me personally can restore all, if not some of the information and personal data you have. please email me the model # serial # and as much else info you can provide of your computer. and i will do as much as i can to help. if you have any more questions, please email me at meanness628@aim.com

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    Hard drive recovery, hard drive is damaged


    My brother's MacBook Pro had a similar issue a few years ago. In his case the issue started when he attempted to update the OS to the then most recent version. The update failed with an error saying that the Hard Disk needed to be repaired and instructing him to restart in Recovery Mode and repair the disk. When he did this the "Repair Disk" option was grayed out as you said. From my searches then it seems that the drive entered a "write-locked" state that prevented it from mounting. I was able to recover his files and restore the computer to working order. You will need another computer that has enough free space to hold the files you want to save, and the appropriate cable to connect the misbehaving computer to the working computer.
    This procedure requires booting in Recovery Mode and erasing the non-working computer's hard drive, reformatting it, and restoring the system.
    1. Turn on the working computer.
    2. Make sure the non-working computer is turned off, connect the two computers using the appropriate cable (FireWire or Thunderbolt)
    3. Turn on the non-working computer holding down the "T" key to enter Target Disk Mode. (This worked in the case of my brother's computer, but I can't guarantee that this will work in your case, but if you could get it into Verbose mode I would think you should be able to get into Target Disk Mode.)
    4. The non-working computer's hard drive icon should appear on the working computer's desktop. You may get a message that you cannot alter the contents of the external drive (non-working computer), but you will be able to transfer files from the non-working machine to the working one.
    NOTE: You could connect a dedicated external drive to the working computer and transfer files from the non-working computer to the external drive using the working computer as an intermediary of sorts.
    5. Transfer the files you wish to save. We will be erasing the non-working computer's drive and restoring the system so be certain you have what you need transferred before you get to that step.
    6. Once you have saved all of the files you need to save, you can eject the non-working computer's hard drive, and turn off the non-working computer.
    7. If possible connect the computer to the internet, if not possible you can use wi-fi, but it may take longer.
    8. Connect the non-working computer to the drive with your most recent backup.
    8. Turn on the non-working computer holding down the "Command+R" keys.
    9. Once the computer is in Recovery Mode choose the option to Restore From Backup
    10. You will then be asked to choose which backup to use, and then click "Restore". Once this process is done you should be able to boot the system. You can then transfer the files you saved to the other computer or external hard drive back to the restored computer.
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    Laptop hard drive


    You can restore your computer to its original glory (once a new Hard Disk Drive is installed) using the original Operating System (OS) disk that came with the computer (applicable to Gateway, Toshiba, Dell laptops; other brands make you "burn" a copy on your own). I call this the "oops disk" because it restores the computer software back to factory default. If you got the laptop second hand or don't remember which buried box in the asthmatic attic has those old CD/DVD's - then you can do one of the following:
    A. Contact the manufacturer to obtain a new set of "Restore" or "Recovery" disk(s). They will charge small Fee + Ship/Handling. [Tell "Sylvester" from Bangladesh "Hello!"]
    B. Purchase a legal copy of an operating system (XP or Vista) from a local retailer (such as Best Buy) and install it [or hire a Geek Squad Agent to install it for you - much faster, less headache!]
    C. Grab opportunity by the horns and steer into a fun project of installing an open-source (free) Linux-based OS such as Ubuntu or similar. [Happy learning!]
    D. RECYCLE the computer and buy a brand new one, complete with operating system and manufacturer's warranty. ["OOOO, VISTA!"]
    In ascending order of cost: C, A, B, D
    In ascending order of time-investment and learning: D, A, B, C

    HINT: if any or all of this solution sounds remotely confusing (e.g, you don't know how to install a HDD, etc) - hire someone to do it. I don't change my own oil because it's messy and less convenient. So, please support your local Geek Squad Agent and enjoy your free time!

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