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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This happens when the operation system is corrupted or files needed for successful boot are missing ..so the the basic fix is to reinstall the operation system or use teh recovery partition if you have one on your laptop or the recovery disk if you got one when you bought it .. this link will show you how to operate this using the recovery partition built in http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_8463155_restore-compaq-presario-cq50-disk.html basically restart and press F11 for the boot menu and select recovery partition ..and go for it .. If the partition is missing or damaged use a recovery disk if you have ..or a operation system boot-able one ..The last one need to be inserted ..and the computer restart ..and if it is set to boot first from the disk will ask you to press any key to do it ..and you will go on with the instructions for a clean install ..You will need all drivers for it when you finish ..so is best to get them before using another computer .. here is the support site where you can find them http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&lc=en&product=3795238&
(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 turn it on, watch the screen carefully. Many times recovery is contained on a small partition of your hard drive. When your computer begins booting, watch for a short message that says something like, "For recovery press F11". It could be another F key. You will only get a couple seconds to choose it. Choose an option that does a full restore which will reformat the drive.
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.