A relative gave me there dv4000. of course its seen bad times since i last saw it. but anyhow i am wanting to restore the original software. i recall hp and compaqs often have a partition on the drive to do this, though sometimes its either the eds you get, or the recover partition, what is the way to start this if so possible?
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Re: Recovery options onboard hard drive?
When you start up the computer at the very beginning when it shows the logo it should have the key to press for system restore at the bottom of the screen usually on HP's and Compaq's its F11 at startup
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Hi, I saw ur post I have a acer 5315_2826 with not bootin im not in Expert!! U can take a chance in tryin f8 it will give u set of options try the recovery one or tha last good known location it dint work for me it might work for you or.maibe Alt+ f10 both at the same time u might hear a load beep u let buttons go I think she said it might wipe off hard drive fore people wish u luck with ur laptop:)
your HDD may be corrupted, re-installing windows vista is one option. Your best bet is if you have/ can obtain a copy of windows vista run setup and try the repair wizard in the windows vista setup, the wizard automatically finds errors and missing files and replaces them therefore solving any errors in your HDD. you can also try to use the recovery wizard from your recovery disc.
best of luck
It is strongly recommended that recovery discs be
created to help restore files if the operating system will not start.
Recovery discs are bootable and can be used to perform a recovery on a
properly functioning hard drive.
Backup and Restore option opens the Backup
and Restore Center provided with the Windows Vista® operating
system. This provides the ability to save information from the hard
drive, such as personal data files, and restore previously backed up
Computer problems related to hardware can be diagnosed
using the VAIO Hardware Diagnostics option.
One or more drivers or factory-installed applications may be
reinstalled with the Reinstall Programs or Drivers
The entire (C:) drive can be restored to its
original, factory-installed condition by selecting Restore
C: Drive .
Complete System will restore the entire (C:) drive, while
removing or restoring the Recovery Drive partition. Modifying the size
of the hard drive partitions is also an option with this type of
recovery. This option requires you to insert Recovery DVDs created using
the Create Recovery Discs option.
remove all data from the hard drive, including the operating system,
all programs and personal data, choose the Wipe
and Erase Data option. This option is provided for the
convenience of advanced users who want to install a different operating
system, and who want to ensure all data has been removed from the hard
drive first. All other users are strongly urged to avoid selecting this
In most cases you need to press F8 at boot like going into safe mode when booting the computer. If the option is not there then it is possible that the option is not setup properly. Note I have seen this from time to time.
Another way to tell is go into my computer and for a 2nd hard drive listed as recovery. If it is there and/or you knew it was there you just can not boot into Windows. Let me know and I can give you the steps to readd the recovery option to the startup.
I had the same problem with a customers laptop. There hard drive died nothing related to that error then when i placed in the new hard drive the recovery disks gave me 10-FC12-0017. Everything I saw online said that means the hard drive is dead but it was brand new and I even tested it on another computer it worked fine. In order to fix the issue I had to find a Windows Vista CD, deleted all the partitions with the windows disk, created a new one and then installed. Worked fine, no problems.
Have you created the Recovery CD's? If so, put the recovery CD in the disc drive and restart your machine. Most notebooks start from CD first and then from hard drive. If not, you could change that in it's BIOS. (Press F10 at the moment you see the HP Invent logo).
When the disc boots it allows you to choose from multiple options. Choose the options that sounds like "Restore factory defaults" or something like it.
The D-partition is only used to create the disc and hold info. There is no software there to run for recovery.
I hope this helps, if you need more help just ask. I work at a company who is an HP Partner so.