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Reformatting Hard Drive Problems

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Rich, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Rich

    Rich Flightless Bird

    Have an HP Pavilion that was acting up so I attempted to format the
    hard drive using recovery disks that I had made when I got it.
    Problem is that after the first disk, the PC would not read disk 2.
    I
    tried many, many times after which it told me to put in disk 3. It
    ran through that and asked for disk 1 again. This time though, it
    would not read it. I am stuck.

    Turns out though that I did a back up of the D:/ partition that
    contains the system.sav. I have it on an external hard drive. How
    can I use it to reformat and restore the PC? Any help would be
    appreciated. I am a moderately capable computer user, so if it is
    beyond me, please let me know as well.


    Thanks
     
  2. Peter

    Peter Flightless Bird

    Rich wrote:
    > Have an HP Pavilion that was acting up so I attempted to format the
    > hard drive using recovery disks that I had made when I got it.
    > Problem is that after the first disk, the PC would not read disk 2.
    > I
    > tried many, many times after which it told me to put in disk 3. It
    > ran through that and asked for disk 1 again. This time though, it
    > would not read it. I am stuck.
    >
    > Turns out though that I did a back up of the D:/ partition that
    > contains the system.sav. I have it on an external hard drive. How
    > can I use it to reformat and restore the PC? Any help would be
    > appreciated. I am a moderately capable computer user, so if it is
    > beyond me, please let me know as well.
    >
    >
    > Thanks


    Did you boot from the CD or slip the CD in while in Windows? If the
    former, use another computer to copy Disk 2 and the copy may work. If
    the later, try booting from the CDs. Another way is to get a copy of
    someone's generic OEM CD (it has to be generic and if you have home, it
    has to be home, same for pro) and use the product key from the sticker
    that should be on the case of your HP. Course you would also have to
    find the drivers for the hardware like the video card, sound card, etc.
    on the 'Net.

    --
    Peter
     
  3. Rich

    Rich Flightless Bird

    >
    > Did you boot from the CD or slip the CD in while in Windows? If the
    > former, use another computer to copy Disk 2 and the copy may work. If
    > the later, try booting from the CDs. Another way is to get a copy of
    > someone's generic OEM CD (it has to be generic and if you have home, it
    > has to be home, same for pro) and use the product key from the sticker
    > that should be on the case of your HP. Course you would also have to
    > find the drivers for the hardware like the video card, sound card, etc.
    > on the 'Net.
    >
    > --
    > Peter- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Thanks

    I thought about making a copy of the disk, but wasn't sure if it
    would work.

    Any possibility of using the system.sav I have on the external hard
    drive?
     
  4. Peter

    Peter Flightless Bird

    Rich wrote:
    >>
    >> Did you boot from the CD or slip the CD in while in Windows? If the
    >> former, use another computer to copy Disk 2 and the copy may work. If
    >> the later, try booting from the CDs. Another way is to get a copy of
    >> someone's generic OEM CD (it has to be generic and if you have home, it
    >> has to be home, same for pro) and use the product key from the sticker
    >> that should be on the case of your HP. Course you would also have to
    >> find the drivers for the hardware like the video card, sound card, etc.
    >> on the 'Net.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Peter- Hide quoted text -
    >>
    >> - Show quoted text -

    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > I thought about making a copy of the disk, but wasn't sure if it
    > would work.


    I've seen it work. When you copy it, it won't copy the scratches.

    >
    > Any possibility of using the system.sav I have on the external hard
    > drive?
    >


    No, that's just part of the previous install and won't help you.

    --
    Peter
     
  5. Rich

    Rich Flightless Bird

    On Jun 11, 7:45 pm, Peter <nos...@nospam.com> wrote:
    > Rich wrote:
    >
    > >> Did you boot from the CD or slip the CD in while in Windows? If the
    > >> former, use another computer to copy Disk 2 and the copy may work. If
    > >> the later, try booting from the CDs. Another way is to get a copy of
    > >> someone's generic OEM CD (it has to be generic and if you have home, it
    > >> has to be home, same for pro) and use the product key from the sticker
    > >> that should be on the case of your HP. Course you would also have to
    > >> find the drivers for the hardware like the video card, sound card, etc..
    > >> on the 'Net.

    >
    > >> --
    > >> Peter- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > >> - Show quoted text -

    >
    > > Thanks

    >
    > > I thought about making a copy of the disk, but wasn't  sure if it
    > > would work.

    >
    > I've seen it work. When you copy it, it won't copy the scratches.
    >
    >
    >
    > > Any possibility of using the system.sav I have on the external hard
    > > drive?

    >
    > No, that's just part of the previous install and won't help you.
    >
    > --
    > Peter- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    I thought that was the partition that had the recovery on it.
     
  6. Ben Myers

    Ben Myers Flightless Bird

    "Rich" <dickwyll@dickwyll.cnc.net> wrote in message news:4a08c367-2893-4e56-af25-8633861e17d8@20g2000vbi.googlegroups.com...
    > Have an HP Pavilion that was acting up so I attempted to format the
    > hard drive using recovery disks that I had made when I got it.
    > Problem is that after the first disk, the PC would not read disk 2.
    > I
    > tried many, many times after which it told me to put in disk 3. It
    > ran through that and asked for disk 1 again. This time though, it
    > would not read it. I am stuck.


    See http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&cc=us&docname=bph07143

    > Turns out though that I did a back up of the D:/ partition that
    > contains the system.sav. I have it on an external hard drive. How
    > can I use it to reformat and restore the PC? Any help would be
    > appreciated. I am a moderately capable computer user, so if it is
    > beyond me, please let me know as well.


    System.sav is one of the registry backup files and shouldn't be used once the
    drive has been formatted.

    Ben
     

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