Has my mate just knackered her laptop??

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Found 21st Oct 2008
she had to install windows vista on her laptop and she formattted the hard- drive didn't know it would delete it ) and now laptop has restarted it says disc read error

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If she formatted the partition / drive and proceeded to install Vista then data loss is inevitable, it won't break the laptop though (beyond repair).

il take it off her hands

Yep ! She has lost everything on it .....but it's not broken .....if she was trying to install Vista from CD then she'll need to change the BIOS to Boot from CD to continue the install process.. ! :thumbsup:

So she wants to recover files from the drive before she installs Vista ?? or she just wants to know how to install the Vista ??

K

Just re-install vista.
Any info on the Hard drive is gone. :-(
The laptop is definitely not broken.

Original Poster

kevingattaca2;3251796

So she wants to recover files from the drive before she installs Vista ?? … So she wants to recover files from the drive before she installs Vista ?? or she just wants to know how to install the Vista K



just how to install it, but when she turns laptop on it comes up with disk error

Mecoconuts;3251557

Yep ! She has lost everything on it .....but it's not broken .....if she … Yep ! She has lost everything on it .....but it's not broken .....if she was trying to install Vista from CD then she'll need to change the BIOS to Boot from CD to continue the install process.. ! :thumbsup:



is it f9 to get into bios?

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abomination;3251538

If she formatted the partition / drive and proceeded to install Vista … If she formatted the partition / drive and proceeded to install Vista then data loss is inevitable, it won't break the laptop though (beyond repair).



she formatted it but didn't proceed to install vista

Kellie + Paisley;3251865

she formatted it but didn't proceed to install vista



you can only format/partition using vista install disk.
put the disk back in the drive and restart the lappy.
Bios usually f2 or del key during boot.

Banned

1- swith on laptop
2- insert vista disc
3- switch off and on again- keep pressing key "r"

now just follow the on screen instructions

get back if more info required

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bargain surfer;3251886

you can only format/partition using vista install disk.put the disk back … you can only format/partition using vista install disk.put the disk back in the drive and restart the lappy.Bios usually f2 or del key during boot.



f2 isn't working but f10 came up with computer setup ?

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ROKO;3251890

1- swith on laptop2- insert vista disc3- switch off and on again- keep … 1- swith on laptop2- insert vista disc3- switch off and on again- keep pressing key "r"now just follow the on screen instructionsget back if more info required



it just comes up with disk read error

Banned

bios- either "del" key or f2

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ROKO;3251927

bios- either "del" key or f2



done them but just comes up with disk read error, f10 brings up computer setup though?

Banned

Kellie + Paisley;3251959

done them but just comes up with disk read error, f10 brings up computer … done them but just comes up with disk read error, f10 brings up computer setup though?





whats make/nodel of laptop

and what options it gives u under computer setup

Original Poster

it gives - file, security, diagnostics, system configuration

tapping f12 or f8 can also allow to boot from dvd or cd. tap them as soon as laptop starts
F2 generally only enters bios not to boot from disc. Thats in my experience anyway.
tapping F12 should bring you to a 'one time boot menu'

Banned

Kellie + Paisley;3251987

it gives - file, security, diagnostics, system configuration



go into system config- what does it say now? anything about bootable devices?

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ROKO;3252009

go into system config- what does it say now? anything about bootable … go into system config- what does it say now? anything about bootable devices?



its got boot options, device configurations, built in device options, port options

Banned

Kellie + Paisley;3252031

its got boot options, device configurations, built in device options, … its got boot options, device configurations, built in device options, port options



good ..... your now getting there

boot options- make cd/dvd drive the first on the list

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ROKO;3252049

good ..... your now getting thereboot options- make cd/dvd drive the … good ..... your now getting thereboot options- make cd/dvd drive the first on the list



it don't have cd/dvd on there . Boot order

optical disk drive
usb cd - rom
usb floppy
usb superdisk
notebook hard rrive
usb hard drive
network controller

Banned

Kellie + Paisley;3252060

it don't have cd/dvd on there . Boot orderoptical disk driveusb cd - rom … it don't have cd/dvd on there . Boot orderoptical disk driveusb cd - rom usb floppyusb superdisknotebook hard rriveusb hard drivenetwork controller






"optical disc drive" is your cd drive

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ROKO;3252093

"optical disc drive" is your cd drive



oh ok lol.. made that my first now should I save changes and restart?

Banned

Kellie + Paisley;3252099

oh ok lol.. made that my first now should I save changes and restart?





yes- once restarted with cd in drive remember to keep pressing "r" on startup- now what u see?

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ROKO;3252121

yes- once restarted with cd in drive remember to keep pressing "r" on … yes- once restarted with cd in drive remember to keep pressing "r" on startup- now what u see?



disk read error occurred , press ctrl + alt + del to restart :roll:

Banned

Kellie + Paisley;3252138

disk read error occurred , press ctrl + alt + del to restart :roll:





ok- need more info on the cd

what does it say on the cd?

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ROKO;3252150

ok- need more info on the cdwhat does it say on the cd?



I know have it up , she had the driver recovery disc in there :w00t::oops:

Banned

restart laptop without cd- do u get same error?

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ROKO;3252198

restart laptop without cd- do u get same error?



yeah saying disk read error

Banned

looks like its still not reading the cd.......

insert cd and restart laptop and press f12 on startup- what happens?

Original Poster

ROKO;3252257

looks like its still not reading the cd.......insert cd and restart … looks like its still not reading the cd.......insert cd and restart laptop and press f12 on startup- what happens?



I now have the install windows up, she had the wrong disc in there:oops:

Banned

Kellie + Paisley;3252272

I now have the install windows up, she had the wrong disc in there:oops:





ok its a blondde day!

keep pressing "r" on startup and hopefully it should start the recovery

Original Poster

ROKO;3252298

ok its a blondde day!keep pressing "r" on startup and hopefully it … ok its a blondde day!keep pressing "r" on startup and hopefully it should start the recovery



I now have windows box up saying install etc

Banned

Kellie + Paisley;3252323

I now have windows box up saying install etc




press instal......

so u should be sorted now

pm me if u get stuck

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ROKO;3252348

press instal...... so u should be sorted nowpm me if u get stuck



when she trys to save it to hard drive it says installing but doesn't do anything and then comes up with "windows setup could not reinitialize the deployment engine, to install windows restart the installation "

Banned

f8 usual to boot menu then select dvd drive

Kellie + Paisley;3252424

when she trys to save it to hard drive it says installing but doesn't do … when she trys to save it to hard drive it says installing but doesn't do anything and then comes up with "windows setup could not reinitialize the deployment engine, to install windows restart the installation "



Did the Laptop originally come with Vista installed ? or was it Windows XP ?

Just that some hards drives are not Vista compatible..... ! :?

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