Originally Posted by samuderaindia
So here is the story, my sister used my TM 8200 for it's first 3 months. And she didn't burn the recovery CD.
Now, when I'm trying to burn Recovery CD, it said approx size is 20GB ( I need Blueray disc for that)
My question is, if anything happen to my Xp, and I need to do fresh install it, is there anyway I can do it?
And also my C: drive now use NTFS (with 512 cluster, stupid me again), someone said e-recovery will not work.
Is it true?
Acers come with a "hidden partition" located at the physical beginning
of your HDD. This partition contains about 4GB of data including your OS
install. E-recovery accesses this partitions data when you use it to restore
to factory. Check your documentation. You are supposed to be able to restore your original installation using e-recovery but I read that your
drive needs to be in the original Fat32. Again read the documentation
or check Acer's website. When new Acer's nag the daylights out of you to
create a restore DVD. Acer uses the hidden partition for this also. I have used this DVD to successfuly restore to factory. It is a little quirky but works well. Of course if you have removed/deleted/modified this hidden partition.....
What you were attempting to do was image what you have on your C: drive
after installing programs etc.
The hidden partition was created using an old PowerQuest program
I believe the D to D imaging program is an old PowerQuest utility also,
part of a suite.
They were both written before NTFS became wide spread hence Fat32.
I am not 100% sure about this but it makes sense to why the cheap bastards
at Acer would hobble XP with Fat32. After all they can't even burn a simple DVD restore disc to include with their machines.
Instead they depend on the end user to do that for them.
It isn't just Acer most companies do this nowdays.
I bought a retail XP Pro CD when I purchased my 5672 anticipating
such crap and very soon after making my restore DVD I wiped my entire
drive including the PQ partition and installed XP Pro and the needed drivers
from Acer Euro website (more up-to-date). Haven't look back since.
As I said earlier I did test the DVD on a spare HDD, worked great.
Call Acer and see if they will send you a restore DVD.