Reformatting my compaq presario using my recovery disks
Last night i was using my compaq and a message came on the screen that my disk space was low and that the system recovery was being disabled. I removed nearly 12 gigs of stuff, rebooted and still the system recovery is disabled. Is there a way to turn it back on, OR if that doesn't work, how do i reformat using my recovery disks? I didn't receive anything with my computer when I bought it that explained the process.
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(A) Try interrupting the boot sequence and telling the computer to boot using the last known good configuration. Here's how: 1) Turn the computer on, and press F8 repeatedly until the boot options menu appears (the menu items include "Start Windows Normally," "Use Last Known Good Configuration," etc.).Use the arrow keys to select "Last Known Good Configuration" and press ENTER. The computer should boot correctly.
if it dont this is the procedure given below to format the whole operating sys
1) Put the CD in the CD drive and turn the computer on. 2) As the computer begins to turn on, you should see the message "Press __ to enter setup" (it's usually F1, F2, or F4 - models vary). Press that key.
3) You should then see the Setup screen for the BIOS ("Built-In Operating System") - using the arrows, find the "boot disk priority" settings and select your CD Drive as the first priority.
4) Exit setup, saving changes (usually by pressing F10). The computer should then boot normally using the CD.
When you say that 3% of your drive space has been taken up without you loading files on to the drive, this makes me think you may have a virus on one or both drives. If your antivirus software isn't detecting anything try a third party (free) online scan. Make sure you disable your installed antivirus software before beginning the scan. Kaspersky.com or TrendMicro.com offer good scans that automatically clean most infected files.
If there is a virus present it won't do you any good to simply restore the C drive only.
"low disk space on Presario_RD (D)"
This looks like you are running low on disk space on your D: drive, not your C:. If you were deleting files and programs, I bet it was on C:
It is now very common for manufacturers to split the hard drive into 2 partitions, C: for everyday use and a smaller D: partition that hold recovery files to restore the computer to a factory install state. If your computer was set up this way, the D: is not suppose to be used but I have run into systems were backup programs are putting the backup files on D: and filling it up.
You need to find out what is writing to D: and stop it and then remove the files it placed there.
Be very careful with D:, if you remove the wrong files you may not be able to reinstall windows if you have a serious problem unless you have created recovery CDs.
Seems the screen is slow to start up, right after pressing the power button, keep tapping on f1 or f10 untill the bios screen or something else comes up. that will definitely get you into the bios and dont mind if the computer starts to beep, slow down a little and keep tapping.
Hello Joresnore, When booting to the XP install disk you should arrive at a "Repair Install" option that will not format the HD (I am reasonably sure it has to be SP2 though). It will just overwrite Windows system files, .dll's , etc... I think this is only available when using an XP SP2 disk so if your installation disk doesn't contain SP2, I would look for one that does and give it a try. I have had multiple successes using the repair install method without loss of data. Good luck.