Originally Posted by brotherwes
Once again, strikes the folly of listening to the resident CompUSA staff technician. I figured he had seen a lot more to these than had I. Therefore I took his word. Goes to prove the value of forums such as this and the generousity & Experience of others. Thank you for the correction.
I had searched my hard drive for cab files using the find function and came up null - I'll do a manual search now that I have the direction to look. I have Powerquest Partition Magic v.8, and Drive Image v.7 and tried to image the hidden partition to a DVD, but it appears this version only recognizes CD-r's and CD-rw's, not DVDs.
Since the HD is still acting a bit flakey, I'd like to have a full back-up copy of the ACER software "just in case" - the Arcade is a waste, but the energy management, admin and security stuff I find useful.
Frank - any more words of wisdom? I can't afford a full XP-Pro license, and don't mind waiting for the VISTA and a better HD purchase in a few months. I can make do with the XP-Home until then, so long as I can establish a reasonably stable system. I am not a gamer, just a poor struggling digital photographer.
My humble appreciation for the clarifications
No surprise there about Compusa techs or Compusa marketing geniuses.
They sell alot of Acer notebooks and other notebooks that use SATA hard drives,
but they don't stock any SATA notebook drives. If you need to replace drive
check out these people http://www.drivesolutions.com/cgi-bi...0&type=Slaptop
I have used these people to purchase a spare Seagate Momentus 120GB SATA for my machine (my machine came with a Seagate drive).
Maybe that is why I haven't had problems. These folks are great. I use the spare drive to Ghost a copy of my stable install
via USB enclosure so that I have a solid backup. I have XP Pro installed without the Acer crap.
Anyway, did you make a recovery disk(s) when the system nagged you. If you didn't make one now. You should be able to
using the eRecovery feature. That way if your HD fails you can use the recovery disk(s) to restore to a new HD.
If you have the disk(s) you can restore any HD to factory new installation, even if the hidden partition is not there. I don't
think there is a way to easily copy the hidden partition to a new drive. You should know that on my machine the first reboot
ejects the DVD. When the machine restarts and continues the install it tries to install drivers (the hardware wizard pops up)
but the files needed are on the disk. If this happens to you reinsert disk and using wizard dialog box browse to D:\\PATCH\\VGA\\ATI\\DRIVER\\2KXP_INF\\B_29799 where D:\\is your CD/DVD drive. When your computer reboots from now on during install
it shouldn't eject disk and find all the files it need from there. Not a very elegant solution but it works. Of course your
machine may be different. At the end you will have a shiney new XP home install with all hardware drivers and Acer crap.
BTW, if you ever do a clean install with a XP install disk all the drivers you need are athttp://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/for...d=3394#results
enter you computer data in search tool and it will take you to driver site.
Hope you made that/those disk(s).
Acer should be able to replace the HD for you, after all you are under warranty.
Good luck. If you have any questions feel free to reply here.