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Old 06-07-2006, 13:50
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Post How to access recovery partition on Acer laptop.

I need to restore my Asus A4000 laptop to it's original state but cannot access the recovery partition. I've lost the original docs and Asus have not been too helpful.

I know that it is there please could anyone help and tell me how to find it.
Perhaps it is a combination of keys?

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some recovery partions are hidden via a ghost partion getting access to it is one thing !
but withoutout the program to put it back is another.
one program i have found resently is Stellar Phoenix Recovery Suite ,
this will access the partion and recover it to another location, it will give you full access to everything on it and view it as a tree.
Had to use it on a mates pc whos hard drive decided to vanish on him, it did a grand job on rebuilding the parts that i opted for namely docs settings emails etc.
you run it via its installer and point to the hard disc you wish to access ,,
it will scan the drive for all partions and give you a tree view on whats there.


What you may find in most cases is that is compressed for protection and space saving so you will probably find unusable data on it anyway.

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Thank you very much for such a quick reply i really appreciate it.
I will try it.
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I need to restore my Asus A4000 laptop to it's original state but cannot access the recovery partition. I've lost the original docs and Asus have not been too helpful.

I know that it is there please could anyone help and tell me how to find it.
Perhaps it is a combination of keys?

Thank to you all.

Spartan
What is the exact model number, because the A4000 is just a series, there are various models within this A4000 series.
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Greetings,

You can try ALT+F10 or CTRL+F10 during the initial boot cycle - this will prompt the laptop to access the recovery partition on the hard drive. I had problem with this though and used a boot disk and partition magic to "unhide" the partition, from which I burnt a copy of the hidden partition to disc. Although the laptop did not boot via this image, I booted to the DOS prompt and was then able to access the recovery images.

However... the ghost images on the recovery partition appear to be password protected. Speaking to the Acer tech they have given several possible password, none of which have worked.

If you need to boot from the cd/dvd drive you will need to change the boot order. You can do this in the BIOS setup, accessible by pressing F2 during the power on cycle, and editing the "boot" section.

If you have made progress on this please post a reply.

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welcome to the forum camrada,
A very usefull addition to the thread mate cheers!
it may be late for this one but early for the next
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I have been trying for several days to find the password for the ghost image. After upgrading to XP PRO from the home edition that came with the laptop, it does not recognise the bluetooth device - hence the attempt to recover to Home Edition to get more info - as advised by acer techs.

only problem is the password on the ghost image. if you can offer anything on this, it would eb appreciated...

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Un fortunaterly i cant i'm afraid, however the bluetooth device driver if standard should be available via the acer website, or if you would rather choose the driver yourself i can send you the everest home edition.
this will give you a breakdown of the hardware you have and the related websites for the drivers for them.
this is a longshot but could get it working!
If nothing else its a very usefull tool!
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Yeah, I've had a look at Everest Home Edition as you suggested - seems a decent little app. it picked up everything ont he machine, but alas still no bluetooth. thanks for the suggestion anyway
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