I did a system recovery and lost my d drive and went from a 80gb hard drive to a 30 gb hard drive. I was told to put everything that was important in the d drive and do a system factory restore and not loose anything. Once I did the restore the system runs very slow and I now only have a 30gb hard drive the other partition no longer shows up. please help
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What makes you think you've lost everything? Unless you specifically instructed your computer to Format the hard drive, I would doubt very seriously that you have lost everything. Everything might still be there, but a virus has hidden it to make you think you've lost everything. Oh, one more way to lose everything is to interrupt a System Recovery before it completes, or interrupt an Fresh Install of Windows before it completes.
A lot of times the System will think you've lost everything because somehow a setting the bios was changed either by you or some virus and it has set the hard drive where it is not detectable. Turn your computer off then watch the screen to see which key you have to hit to get into the BIOS or SETUP or System Setup.
Once you are in the BIOS scroll through it looking for AHCI that will be associated with disk drives or disk controllers. If it is Enabled, Disable it and Boot your machine. If it is Disabled, Enable it and Boot your machine. In other words just change the settings for AHCI.
Please keep in mind this unit uses IDE hard drive instead of SATA. The default 2300 uses a 30 GB high-capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk. With latest BIOS upgrade, this unit will be able to have anything installed. 80GB, 160GB, 250GB, 320GB, 500GB.
However, I believe that IDE hard drives are slowly but surely becoming obsolete and legacy and they seem to be more expensive as well.
A recovery partition is mainly a waste of hard drive space. Instead, click Start, All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Backup Status and Configuration. Fallow the instructions. System Restore is also a hard drive hog. There is a way to limit it to a user specified hard drive allocation... http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2262&page=8
I have a 160 gb hhd also and Vista wanted too much of it... Much luck to you!
Do you have more of those recovery discs? are you sure you have the right one inserted?
I remember on my acer I first had to enter a system disc, then when asked the two recovery discs.
If your unable to get it working with those cds I would suggest you get your hands on a original windows xp or vista installation cd and install windows from it.
also have you tried to enter the boot menu on start up? when you power up it says on some corner of the screen what button to press to get it to open the boot menu and then select the cd/dvd rom drive.
If you have the proper Recovery disk in machine, Reboot system. It should prompt you if you would like to reformat drive. And will warn you that all info on drive will be lost. If you have back up of everything you want to keep just answer yes. System may take a while but it will reformat hard drive and install all original system files and programs.
mite try going to www.MajorGeeks.com and downloading the recovery of lost files if this doesn't work I would highly suggest going into www.dell.com
the have everything you need to redownload all your lost files oh and by the way you mite try downloading it on to a 1g scan disc drive usb and downloading it sometimes it helps better reinstalling promblem missing software la la linda
you can put up to a 20gb drive in this machine,,,,the other thng you can do is actually format your drive, do not quick format as this will not map bad sectors,, then I would use the restoration disk to recover your operating sytem and programs, and do all available updates,,,,good luck i hope this helps...