Originally Posted by The Doctor
If any forum members have had luck copying the Acer software off the HD and doing a fresh, one-partition re-install of Windows, could they give a brief description of how to go about it?
At the very least, could anyone tell me where the software (such as NTI's stuff and Platinum) is located on the HD?
Your machine as delivered should have three partitions.
1. A 'hidden' partition containing the eRecovery versions of the factory OS drivers ect.
2. The C: partition containing the 'current' bootable OS.
3.The D: partition used by eRecover for 'snapshot' images and user data files.
Norton Ghost can copy ALL the partitions on your hard drive to an external USB hard drive. However you should consider if it is wise to have a single partition drive ?. eRecover will no longer be available to you. Also you will loose the facility to protect your data files on the D: drive.
IMHO You should complete a 100% security copy of your hard drive and create multiple DVD or CD sets of your OS before you do anything else.
You would need partition management software (Partition Magic) and drive image creation software (Norton Ghost) to secure your system and create a 'single' partition system. Although I belive you will regret your decision.
(Partition Magic can delete the D: partition and resize the C: partition to use the space released)