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Windows 7: Can I restore back to Factory Settings Vista?

01 Feb 2010   #41
SusanHC

Windows 7 and Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I'd install Win7 to the Acer partition after it has its file system checked and full GW Scan diagnostics/repair scan I uploaded above.

I would run the file checker and HD diagnostics/repair on data drive first, then unplug it until Win7 is installed.

Next run both tests on Acer HD, finish by writing zeroes to the Acer HD to get rid of that first partition which might also be interfering.

Then try installing Win7 there.

Ask if you have any questions.
thanks Greg yes Ill try tomorrow


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01 Feb 2010   #42
SusanHC

Windows 7 and Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would run the System File checker on all drives.

I'm also uploading for you the installation file for the best HD diagnostics I've found, GWScan which is Western Digital's Data Lifeguard. It works on almost every brand HD, not only diagnosing but fixing many problems. Certainly worth a try since it only costs a CD. Installer will place ISO in C root to burn to CD using ImgBurn. Boot it to run Full Scan on each HD, plugged in one at a time. I suggest you also use the feature to Zero the Acer HD as that first partition may be interfering with Win7 install and zeroing cleans the slate.

Is GW Scan easy to use?

Between SFC and Data Lifeguard I've saved several dozen HD's of all makes over the years, many still running.

Then try booting Win7 DVD to install it there. Use Custom Install, then Drive Tools to format the partition first.
not sure what " DRive Tools to format the partition first" means, I think I need sleep to get my brain going!
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01 Feb 2010   #43
SusanHC

Windows 7 and Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SusanHC View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would run the System File checker on all drives.

I'm also uploading for you the installation file for the best HD diagnostics I've found, GWScan which is Western Digital's Data Lifeguard. It works on almost every brand HD, not only diagnosing but fixing many problems. Certainly worth a try since it only costs a CD. Installer will place ISO in C root to burn to CD using ImgBurn. Boot it to run Full Scan on each HD, plugged in one at a time. I suggest you also use the feature to Zero the Acer HD as that first partition may be interfering with Win7 install and zeroing cleans the slate.

Is GW Scan easy to use?

Between SFC and Data Lifeguard I've saved several dozen HD's of all makes over the years, many still running.

Then try booting Win7 DVD to install it there. Use Custom Install, then Drive Tools to format the partition first.
not sure what " DRive Tools to format the partition first" means, I think I need sleep to get my brain going!

meant to say - will GWscan repair the problems in Acer HD? magic if it does - is it easy to use? I had better sign off now as its 3,00 am here!
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01 Feb 2010   #44
gregrocker

 

GWScan/Data Lifeguard HD diagnostics/repair scan can fix many problems that kill a HD. That and the File System check are about as much as you can do for a HD before formatting, which itself locks out bad blocks.

Be sure to check the box to fix problems found in file checker. It also says it needs a drive letter assigned to run on a partition so you might need to rightclick and assign a drive letter to each partition before scanning.

The Drive Tools will be offered during Win7 install when you boot from DVD and select Custom install. You can see screenshots here of the process: Clean Install Windows 7

We are pulling for you here, Susan, as you are due some good luck soon!
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02 Feb 2010   #45
SusanHC

Windows 7 and Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would run the System File checker on all drives.

I'm also uploading for you the installation file for the best HD diagnostics I've found, GWScan which is Western Digital's Data Lifeguard. It works on almost every brand HD, not only diagnosing but fixing many problems. Certainly worth a try since it only costs a CD. Installer will place ISO in C root to burn to CD using ImgBurn. Boot it to run l Scan on each HD, plugged in one at a time. I suggest you also use the feature to Zero the Acer HD as that first partition may be interfering with Win7 install and zeroing cleans the slate.

Between SFC and Data Lifeguard I've saved several dozen HD's of all makes over the years, many still running.

Then try booting Win7 DVD to install it there. Use Custom Install, then Drive Tools to format the partition first.
good morning!
just burning gw scan to disc not quite sure about "boot it to run 1 scan on each Hd. shall i run it from external dvd drive wherre it has just burned
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02 Feb 2010   #46
baron75mk2

 

hi susan i also have acer recovery disks (witch i made when i first got the PC - then threw in the drawer & installed vista ultimate & later windows 7 ultimate as i hate pre-installed windows) i did a little test last night as i have a complete PC backup of 7 so re-installing whole pc only takes about an hour anyway - what i did was to leave my partitions in plus my windows installation & tried to re-install using recovery disks & guess what `couldn`t be completed because of an i/o error` now on all my other pre-installed windows they usually just format the entire disk (partitions as well) & lay the recovery partition on the disk & install from it when its laid (witch is sometimes a hidden partition its self) anyway after re-formatting the entire drive (partitions as well) i re-installed using recovery disks without error (i know this isn't much help considering you need to recover data from a particular partition but at leased you can go back to vista if you want to) the only reason i can think of for this is with acer recovery disks they don't completely reformat the entire disk before laying the recovery partition & require the original layout of the disk or a clean one - just wondering what was your biggest problem with 7 ? was it wild & erratic processor usage making the system slow & unresponsive ? if so i can help you with this its a problem that you would not expect & is easy to solve (relatively) 7 is a great os (loads better than vista) i only had 2 issues one was the above mentioned witch i solved & a soundboard driver issue that i solved by making a hybrid xp/vista combination driver & installing in vista mode (in the troubleshooting section of 7) other than that its been like having xp back again with the nice look & feel of vista - i wouldn't be to quick to give up on 7 just yet - once you get used to it its great - its not perfect but its a real step up from vista - also what flavor of 7 do you have ? is it 32bit or 64bit ? i went back to 32bit as a lot of my software/hardware works better on 32bit plus one of my DVD drives is not compatible with 64bit even though it came with windows vista home premium 64bit -(NICE ONE ACER) same issue with the sata controller in the PC as well witch was designed for windows xp not vista (NICE ONE AGAIN ACER) so i had to remove it in the end completely as i couldn't get a driver to install during installation of vista or 7 witch meant bye bye to two of my hot-swap bays as i had to pull them out to put the DVD drives in my point is that it isn't always the fault of the OS as in my case they built the pc with two parts that were not compatible with the OS they supplied with it give 7 another try - good luck with it anyway if you do get the problem i mentioned above with 7 ill be glad to help with this
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02 Feb 2010   #47
gregrocker

 

Place the GWScan in the built-in CD drive (if you have one) then restart computer. If prompted, boot from CD although it should autostart. Select Run GWScan, then on Next Screen Full Diagnostics scan.

You'll need to leave only one drive plugged in during scan of each. If not able to do this, then see what the results are of scan on DISK0.

As the last step after scanning both HD's, while leaving data drive unplugged I would use the feature to Write Zeros to the Acer HD to get it the cleanest possible for Win7 install. Be sure to create New partition to format using the Win7 DVD during install.
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02 Feb 2010   #48
SusanHC

Windows 7 and Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Place the GWScan in the built-in CD drive (if you have one) then restart computer. If prompted, boot from CD although it should autostart. Select Run GWScan, then on Next Screen Full Diagnostics scan.

You'll need to leave only one drive plugged in during scan of each. If not able to do this, then see what the results are of scan on DISK0.

As the last step after scanning both HD's, while leaving data drive unplugged I would use the feature to Write Zeros to the Acer HD to get it the cleanest possible for Win7 install. Be sure to create New partition to format using the Win7 DVD during install.
Am I to abandon Partition Wizard Bootable CD now?

Not sure what you mean by " leave only one drive plugged in" as they are both internal drives on laptop
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02 Feb 2010   #49
gregrocker

 

To Check File System using Partition Wizard you'll need to assign your HD's a letter.

This should be no problem with the data drive. Just rightclick it and assign a letter above C.

On the Acer HD, you'll likely need to rightclick>Delete each partition, then Create a New Primary partition formatted NTFS with drive letter C assigned. Apply all Steps.

Now Check File System on Acer HD.

Then boot the GW Scan CD which should autostart and default to Acer HD. As it is doing the full Diagnostics/Repair scan, observe that the size and name of the HD are the correct Acer HD, not the data drive.

Once Diagnostic scan is complete, it is then safe to Write Zeros to the Acer HD to get it the cleanest possible for Win7 install. Afterwards, boot the Win7 DVD, select Custom install, then Drive Tools to Create New partition, format and install.

If you'd rather not do this extra step of zeroing, then after Diagnostic test proceed directly to boot Win7 DVD and install to the partition you created.
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02 Feb 2010   #50
SusanHC

Windows 7 and Vista
 
 

I right clicked on DATA, was about to label it “(D) Data” when it just closed the box down and showed “unassigned” and appeared to have deleted everything in it!! Was able to recover it with the “undo” button. Is it essential that I file check DATA as I don’t want to delete the data in it?
I have assigned ( C ) to ACER but cant open up “Check File System” as it is greyed out (see photo). What shall I do?


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