I HAVE AN ACER POWER F2 DESKTOP WITH NEW HARD DRIVE (NO OS INSTALLED), ACER STARTUP DISK, AND ACER RECOVERY DISK AND WANT TO SET UP THIS COMPUTER. WHEN I TRY BOOTING FROM START UP DISK AND RECOVERY DISK I GET AN ERROR SAYING DESTINATION DRIVE INVALID. IS THIS BECAUSE THERE IS NO OS PARTITION SET UP? WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO MAKE THIS WORK?
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You need to enter the BIOS. immediately upon starting the computer start tapping either the F2 or the tab button. Once in the bios, go to boot order and set the cd/dvd drive as the first boot priority, hard drive second. It is ok to leave this permanently, save and close settings which will reboot the system and considering everything goes as planned you should be able to start up from a disk and then repair or replace XP. When replacing XP remember to delete partition and write a new copy. THIS WILL ERASE ALL INFO ALREADY ON THE HARD DRIVE!!!
You can do it without disk to but for it should be hiddden partition is installled when your vista is load first time.For that There is one option in bios D2d enable it .then save settings. For enter bios when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del" key then go to main menu find D2d then enable then save and exit. Then when it restart press ALT +F2 then you see recovery mode follow the procedure and wiped acer. But if there is not any recoverry then you need recovery disk.
The cause of this problems is a corrupt boot files, Settings for hard disk drive are not correct,Floppy diskette or CD in computer causing issue, Boot devices not set properly, BIOS corrupt or misc. hard disk jumper setting not set properly, Connections loose or disconnected, Bad Hard disk drive or other bad hardware.
Note: Try this first. Check the cable setting of your hard disk in the BIOS. try swithching it to IDE, SATA, RAID. save your seetings and restart your computer.
if problem still exist... Follow this steps..
Step 1: If you have a USB stick with capacity of 4Gb and up or another hard disk... try installing a fresh Operating System in the USB stick or in the extra hard disk that you have.. after you install.. boot to bios and set the Primary boot in the extra hard disk or Removable Device (USB) save your settings and restart.. your computer will start normally booting the windows in your newly installed extra hard disk or USB stick. when you are in the Desktop, now try accessing your old hard disk and copy your files.. after you backup your files to the new installed hard disk. go to step 2.
Step 2: Turn off your computer... uninstalled the newly installed hard disk or USB.. after you uninstalled the hardware.. turn on your computer and reinstall your Operating System again. if the problem still exist go to step 3.
Step 3: if the problem stil exist. i think ther is something wrong with your hard disk.. try installing the OS again in second partitioned of your hard disk.. create first partition, then second partition. then installed your OS in second partition... if the problem still exist and you cannot go to windows desktop.. maybe your hard disk drive is damaged...
Looks like your Recovery Partition or the Software for the recovery option isn't accessable. Here is a link to the website for that desktop. Can you access the Bios and View the Hard Disk Settings to Verify that the Hard Drive is installed and recognizable.
Link to Recovery Guide: http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/forms/portal20.cfm?recordid=631&formid=3425&website=AcerPanAm.com/us&siteid=7293&words=all&keywords=&areaid=7
You may need the Recovery CD's to invoke this option. Did you burn the images when you first got your computer?
Why not use your new hard drive as a storage disc. Reconnect your old hard drive as it was before. Hopefully it will boot the computer again. If it does, shut down the unit. On the primary bus, set your old HD as master & the new HD as slave with jumpers. Boot the unit & hopefully you will now have a "c"&"d" HD showing in My Computer. Remember that your are dealing with Windows & what should happen & what really happens can be two entirely different things.
There should be more than one disk, as the other will be drivers, all you need to do is press F2 or Del to get into your pc's bios settings and change the first boot device to your cd drive, insert your acer disc into the drive, then save the bios settings, restart the pc ,then, when prompted on screen to press enter to boot from cd; do so.
You should then follow instructions to set up windows on the 'C' drive as is default and it may need to reformat in NTFS.