Originally Posted by Dave_Clan_Man
Users who advocate deleting the PQSERVICE should be aware once it's gone, it's GONE FOR GOOD. New users should image it, and backup the ACER MBR. Before messing.
I would also add this...
If your notebook came with FULL recovery discs, then the PQSERVICE partition (also known as D2D recovery) isn't as important. My Acer TM8104 came with four discs:
- 1 System Recovery CD (bootable), contains all Acer drivers too
- 2 System Restore CDs (2), contains the WinXP image in Ghost files
- 1 Useless NAV CD (I use the nice, free, lightweight AVG)
If you didn't get any recovery CDs, then your recovery partition is your ONLY lifeline. Image backup your HD (the whole things) as soon as you can [insert ominous gloom-and-doom music here].
The D2D partition makes for EASY restoring of your Factory WinXP install, without the need of the Restore CDs - and it's faster. It also somehow integrates with the NTI BackupNOW software (bundled), so you can make recovery backup discs. I haven't used this feature so I plead ignorance.
If you decide to do ANYTHING to your PQSERVICE partition, then it's a good idea to delete, rename, or "hide" your eRecovery software folder. I think this is in C:\Acer. Also, run something like AUTORUNS (from www.sysinternals.com
) and remove the startup of monitor.exe. Monitor.exe does something in the background to "manage" your D2D and eRecovery stuff. I have NO CLUE why this process has to run to support D2D/eRecovery. But, if you remove your PQSERVICE partition, monitor.exe gets "upset" and can drive your CPU to 100% and leave it stuck there. It's not well written code, to be sure.
So basically, if you're going to wipe out your PQSERVICE partition, you should also disable and/or remove your eRecovery/D2D Acer software so it doesn't keep trying to access the now defunct D2D partition.
Also, the Acer-specific MBR code may try to keep hiding your partition #1 entry. So even if you remove the first PQSERVICE partition, the MBR code may still try to hide partition #1. If you use something like partition magic and move your WinXP "C:" drive to slot 1, you may find that after booting the HD, the partition will get hidden on you. If you use something to repair the Acer MBR code (back it up first), then when you boot the HD it will no longer try to do Acer-specific things to your partition table.
Not all of Acer's laptops use exactly the same D2D/eRecovery software, so YMMV with regards to the above. Best bet (say it with me), BACKUP EVERYTHING FIRST.