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Acer Hidden Recovery Partition

Discussion in 'Acer' started by baz999, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. Jml

    Jml Newbie

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    If you plan on installing Vista, you won't be needing the hidden partition. I actually tried Vista on my notebook for a bit before reinstalling XP Pro. I'm pretty sure my hard drive had about 6-10GB less space after a clean install of Vista (hidden partition was deleted during format).
     
  2. max 0401

    max 0401 Notebook Consultant

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    I have Aspire 5112 WLMi "Windows Vista Capable",I read on some other forum that if your Acer notebook has this sign you get a free copy of Vista.Is this true and if yes how do you get it,you download it or...??????
     
  3. MegaJim

    MegaJim Newbie

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    Acer 1360...

    I messed up my hidden partition with partition magic.

    First i couldnt restore the partitions (this was due to stuff that was already on my drive interfering with the symantec thing)

    so i deleted the partitions that were left (i keep all my data backed up on another computer) and used the recovery disks to repair the ghost partition,

    however now i cannot use alt+f10 to boot into that partition (it is enable in bios settings).

    anybody got a program for restoring this custom MBR? my recovery CDs dont have it :(
     
  4. Vanja

    Vanja Newbie

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    AFAIK, this label only shows the user that his PC/laptop meets the system requirements for the Windows Vista (here's the link for the requirements - Link)

    Here' what they say on the Acer Webpage about Express upgrading to the Vista:
    Link
     
  5. max 0401

    max 0401 Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks Vanja,unfortunately I bought my Acer in july.
     
  6. umanzor

    umanzor Newbie

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    Hello!

    I installed Ubuntu which installed GRUB thus deleting the acer MBR. Now I need to restore my laptop, but I can't access the D2D Recovery, probably because of the MBR.

    Is there anyway to restore the MBR? The partition is intact. I don't have recovery cds, cause my dvd writer never worked.

    Please help!!

    edit: Hmm, I can explore the PQSERVICE partition with Acronis Disk Director. Maybe if I extract the that mbr??dos.exe file (meh, can't remember the name) and run it, it could work?
     
  7. ASTROB

    ASTROB Newbie

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    Hi umanzor,

    if you are looking for the mbr exe to restore the alt F10. You need to look into the PQservices or a back up disc that was made before losing this function. The file to look for is mbrwrdos.exe, you will find this in file acer\tools\mbrwrdos. To run this you will need to be in dos.
    Once ran this should rebuild the mbr to allow the recovery to work.
     
  8. Bishop0102

    Bishop0102 Newbie

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    Hi everybody,

    I have an Aspire 3624 (Win Xp home). I don't have the recovery CDs, neither recovery DVDs. The C: got broke and windows coundn't start. As I have important stuff, I tried to copy it but I couldn't. Then I tried the ALT+F10 thing but didn't work, beacuse of C: root files or files like this are missing. Finally I installed Win XP Pro from other CD (not the recovery one).

    What can I do to create the recovery DVD...? how can I recover by pressing ALT+F10..? How can I copy the hidden part as a backup..? which program should I use..?

    Thanks
     
  9. uGuru

    uGuru Notebook Enthusiast

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    This is what I did, I called Acer support told them that I just purchased the laptop it didnt come with any recovery cds and that i did nt make any backups because i didnt know how to-> computer illiterate ^^. Told them that when I pressed alt+f10 nothing but a cmd prompt came up; guy put me on hold and told me that they would ship out recovery cds to me. Sure enough 2 days later they were there ^^. PS never tell them you installed another OS > void warranty immediately.
     
  10. Sam1

    Sam1 Notebook Evangelist

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    I found the eRecovery is very useful in creating current OS and programme installations backups in D:drive. I need to replace the 40GB HDD on my ACER AS3623 with a 120GB. I do not have the NAPP CD, any help to create the hidden partition on the 120GB is appreciated.
     
  11. Mattkaz629

    Mattkaz629 Notebook Guru

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    How do I view what's on the PQSERVICE partition of my hard drive so that I can find mbrwrdos.exe?
     
  12. Sam1

    Sam1 Notebook Evangelist

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    The "guest" & "guest" login is no longer valid password. Where can I download the NAPP CD?
     
  13. muja

    muja Newbie

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    If somebody can upload ISO image of NAPP cd on rapidshare or similar that would be highly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  14. franjoseljak

    franjoseljak Newbie

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    Hi,

    I have an Acer 5024wlmi laptop with Vista OS and would like to go back to Xp but every time I try to install it, the laptop shuts down during installation process without warnning. The solution, I think, is to format the whole disk and do a clean install of Xp but that would erase the hidden partition and away warranty (or would it?). So my question is: How to go from Vista back to Xp but still keep the hidden partition?
     
  15. SSX4life

    SSX4life Notebook Deity

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    Without using the D2D recovery partition or without the restore DVD the next best option would have been to back up your partition table with Acronis True Image 7 for FREE. But you probably did not do that, so your only hope is to send it back to acer and have them re-image the hdd for you.

    --ssx--
     
  16. franjoseljak

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    I have the Acer backup DVD and I've tried using it but the same thing happend (shut down during installation) and the screen went black, so I've re-installed Vista. Looks like I can (re)install Vista but not XP.
     
  17. daubers

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    Hi all

    My girlfriend has a 1690 and it recently started losing XP files at random (from the system32 folder). We reinstalled it a couple of times and itkept losing files after a period of time. I assumed this was a hd prob and installed linux and some tools to try and track it down.

    Now when the restore CD is put back in it complains about "incorrect disk in drive c:"

    Is there a way to solve this or is it a dead HDD?

    We've since tried linux again once or twice and it seems to not hold its partition table. Keeps reading the table as "unknown filesystem".

    Anyone seen this before?
     
  18. daubers

    daubers Newbie

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    Fixed it!

    Redid the partition table, then restored windows (which didn't restore the MBR, can I have a REAL windows disk with my purchase next time please?) and then restored the MBR with a copy of knoppix and testdisk :)
     
  19. F_O_XXX

    F_O_XXX Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi!
    I want to make a clean XP install, but to leave all partitions as they are so that I don´t mess anything up. I was thinking of formatting C: and D: (by using Partition Magic from Hiren´s for exampe, although I´m not sure yet if that will work, more research is to be done), then converting them to NTFS and finally installing XP. The idea is that I want to leave PQSERVICE and be able to use it, if I need to. But then I found this:
    "Also, if you re-installed WinXP, it would have overwritten the MBR (WinXP tends to do that nasty). This means you've lost the Acer-specific MBR code (unless you imaged the drive before installing WinXP). The Acer-specific MBR is what "notices" Alt-F10 and changes which partition to boot. You most likely now have the WinXP MBR code, which doesn't check for Alt-F10, so nothing will happen. :(

    If you still have your PQSERVICE partition, and want to boot it, you still might be able to. You'll need a bootable CDROM (or bootable USB floppy drive) with Win98 command prompt and some utilities, like PTEDIT."

    So, what about that?
    And what would be the best way for me to format the partitions separately, not the whole hard drive, and convert thenm (if that´s possible) and will I lose this booting option as far as the MBR is concerned (I know PQSERVICE won´t work with NTFS)?
     
  20. koubik

    koubik Newbie

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    Hi!!!
    Guys i need some help...I own Acer Aspire9804WKMi with raid hdd and my recovery partition must be erased (my disk is formated)Alt+F10 don't do anything.Now i can't install XP, i need to go with F6 and install raid drivers but i dont have floopy drive :( (Acer say's that they want 50 Euro for recovery disk LOL)

    Plzzzzz Help meee!!!

    P.S. Sorry for my English.
     

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