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

02 Feb 2010   #51
Microsoft MVP


I'd just not do the file system check on data drive until you get Win7 installed.

To run chkdsk on C, boot Win7 DVD, select Repair on second screen, click through to Recovery Tools list to open a Command Line, type:


After chkdsik has scanned/repaired file system, boot GWScan CD to run full HD diag/repair scan on C, then boot Win7 DVD and install to C:

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03 Feb 2010   #52

Windows 7 and Vista

Hi Greg
Well I had hoped to be up and running with Windows 7 by now! Afraid not yet!
This is an update so far
I assigned letters to all partitions in Disk 1 - F, C, X
But I stilI couldn't run "Check File System" (see pic 1)
See pic 2
see pic 3
It ran Ok but said it would take 300+ hours to complete and then it said
"Too many errors found please contact Technical Support"
pic 4
This speaks volumes I think!!
pic 5

At the moment Windows Repair is trying to clean Disc 0 - it has been running for
nearly two hours now - I suppose there is a lot to clean!!
When its done I shall attempt to put Windows 7 in if you think its worth a try.
I think there has been a problem with that drive for a long while which is why I had so
much trouble installing Windows 7 and so next step will be RMA to retailers.
clean all finished ok
about to reboot windows 7 disc to start installing when i
had bad error message Hard drive about to fail see pic 6
so the problem is the hard drive

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03 Feb 2010   #53

Windows 7 and Vista

Last but definitely not least thanks so much to all who tried so hard to help

hopefully i will be back on Windows 7 soon

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03 Feb 2010   #54
Microsoft MVP


Glad you've finally found the cause, Susan, and that you'll soon get to experience Win7 without the HD probs.
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04 Feb 2010   #55


susan if you go to pc world & ask the tech guys for a brown box (no instructions or frills just hard drive unformatted) you will be able to get a 500gb hdd for 100-120 cant remember exact price but its somewhere between these two prices as my friend got one for his ps3 not so long ago just make sure you get the right type for the laptop (SATA or PATA) connection (i would imagine its a SATA connection but i cant be sure as i don't know the age of the laptop) but if you take it in with you or the broken hard drive they can tell you this - only thing with this is im not sure if your acer backup disks will install to a new hdd as those recovery disks are specifically tailored to the hardware on the system they are to be installed to - but as i have read in the previous posts you are going to give windows 7 another try anyway so its a non issue -good luck with it i think you will be impressed with 7 the only problem you might run in to is the famous media player 12 processor hogging issue but this can be solved (if you don't mind going back to media player 11)
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