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failed system restore; recovery discs will not load
Topic Started: Jan 29 2011, 05:47 PM (861 Views)
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I have an E-Machines ET1161 that was working fine till a few months ago. Over the 2 years I have had this PC I have added a considerable amount of software to it, and quite a few hardware upgrades. The first sign that I had a problem is that all of the icons in the start menu except the search bar d all programs tab were missing, and windows explorer was using 55-75% of my memory. At first O thought I might have a virus, but after running multiple virus scans I found nothing. My next thought was that I simply had too many programs on the system so I decided to do a system restore to the factory defaults. Before I started the recovery I backed up the HDD to an external and I removed all hardware upgrades and reinstalled the original parts. At this point I started the system restore, but the recovery freezes at 2-33% of the first disc. My computer is now a paperweight. The recovery went far enough to delete my bootmgr and most of the partition but did not write anything to the drive. Now I am trying to figure out what caused the problem. I think that it could be that the recovery disks are bad, the HDD is toast, or that the dvd drive is bad.
Would replacing the HDD or optical drive cause me any problems with the recovery because they are not the original parts?
Should I order a set of recovery discs from E-Machines?
The last thing I want to do is replace the hdd and find out I have to buy a new OS as well. While I like my computer I don't see the point in changing the HDD and buying a new OS it's just not worth it, the OS alone costs more than I spent on the machine in the first place. I have hit a wall and I am not sure where to start, any and all advice is welcome

here are the specs

CPU: AMD Athlon xII 4050e 2.6Ghz
Memory: 3GB
PSU: 250watt unknown brand (upgraded to 750W Corsair)
Graphics: onboard Nvidia GeForce 6150se (upgraded to ATI Radion 5970)
OS: Vista 32-bit
HDD: 320GB Hitachi
Optical drive: unknown brand

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"Would replacing the HDD or optical drive cause me any problems with the recovery because they are not the original parts? " - It shouldn't. I've done both and the recovery disks still worked. Only when I've replaced the motherboard and CPU have I had to resort to a new OS.
I'd replace the HDD for $50 and go from there.If that doesn't solve the problem, then the optical drive would be next ($30).
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well its good to hear that i can swap the HDD without worring about needing a new OS. I had read on a few other forums that i had to have original hardware in order for the discs to work. I'll try changing the drive and see what happens. thanks for the advice
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