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Old 27. Nov 2014, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can eRecovery run if C drive is formatted?

Acer machine.
The HD is partitioned by OEM as the following:
Drive 0 20GB which is reserved and hidden and contains the OS.
Drive 1 223GB which is drive C and onto which OS is installed.
Drive 2 223GB which is drive D.

eRecovery formats drive C and installs OS on C.
I have run many times the eRecovery.
It first formats the entire C drive and then installs OS from drive 0 to drive 1, drive C.
And the process is the same either the eRecovery is run by Alt+F10 hot keys or by DVD's.

For some reason, I want to have drive 1, the C drive, formatted before I run an eRecovery.
So, I asked Acer if this could be done.
And the answer was NO!

Beasts me. I really don't land can't understand.
The eRecovery formats drive C and installs OS of it.
Why drive C cannot be formatted by a human prior to running the eRecovery?

Has anyone formatted the drive C before running the eRecovery?
Acer says NO. Why?

Thanks.
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Old 27. Nov 2014, 05:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't see why not.
BUT if you're running the restore which includes a format, why do you need to do it separately?
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Old 30. Nov 2014, 04:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Can't see why not.
BUT if you're running the restore which includes a format, why do you need to do it separately?
Thank you for sharing your point of view on this matter.

Why do I need to format the C drive prior to eRecovering ?
Because it does not complete the recovery.

The eRecovery worked well for many time in the past.
About two weeks ago, I copied a folder containing various photo-frames, 1.7GB total, from my PC to several UFD's for sharing with friends. It took about 20 minutes for each copy.
An hour later, my PC shut down by itself during a copying process and restarted by itself.
The PC could not copy anything after the restart. The next day, the PC seemed to have returned back to its normal functions. But its monitor shut down in about 20 to 30 minutes after the start of the PC.

I, therefore, wanted to run an eRecovery.
The eRecovery went on well until it came to the last part of the job, the part for setting language & time zone and so on. The eRecovery did not run this part and restarted the PC automatically. The PC restarted but could not boot into Windows. Right prior to coming to its desktop, a message popped up saying some like WINDOWS COULD NOT COMPLETE THE INSTALLATION DUE TO THE INCIDENTAL RESTART . . . .

Many times tried, by pressing the Alt+F10 hot key and by running the eRecovery DVD's, and all ended the same.

Two years ago, I came across a similar problem.
It was re-installing Windows 7 Pro. by DVD disk to a PC. Failed many times. Then, the C drive of that PC was first formatted by EaseUS Partition Master, the re-installation completed smoothly. The features of that failure were similar to that of the eRecovery.
So, I wondered whether a format could be run before running the eRecovery.

Asked Acer, the answers were always the same no matter what and/or how to ask, that is, take the PC to their service station.

What I am afraid of is that Acer and all the OEM's might put something of their own
secret APP's in the C drive for their eRecovery or recovery. And if so, eRecovery or recovery would be impossible and the OS would be lost forever if the C drive is formatted.

Why do I want to format the C drive before running the eRecovery?
This is why.

All what I am thinking is that of a layman's point of view.
I need your professional guide.
This is why I come to this forum.

Thanks.
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Old 30. Nov 2014, 02:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think you need to thoroughly check that disk for errors before you try to restore to it.

A format DOES do some disk checking, but it is not enough if the disk is suspect in the first place.

You need to find out the manufacturer of the actual disk in your machine and download and run their disk tools (including a surface test which will take several hours).
They are run from a CD or USB so that the disk is freed up for checking.
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