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How To Prepare Your Computer for a Restore

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by NYCGurl, Sep 12, 2003.

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  1. NYCGurl

    NYCGurl Thread Starter

    Jul 8, 2003
    I want to do a restore on my computer and I wanted to make sure I do it right. I have a Compaq 5461 and a Quick Restore CD.
    I backed up stuff I wanted to put back later (files, email etc). The main reason for this is to restore Direct x and my drivers back to what it was before it all got screwed up. And to also obliterate the stuff I will never download again like AOL and Realplayer.
    Any tips will be appreciated.

  2. Annorax


    Aug 11, 2003
    By restore, I assume you mean reformat and reinstall of the OS.

    Just make sure you have everything you need, such as music, games, email, text, and especially drivers. Then, you should be fine when you do the reinstall.
  3. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jan 24, 2002
    Hi, Number 1- Have unneeded peripherals disconnected, add them back after the main install. Printers, scanners, ZIP drives...anything except mouse, keyboard, monitor, modem and phone wire.

    2- Disconnect network cards from any network, routers, etc you may have.

    3. For anything you added after you got the system you will have to reinstall from a disk that came with the device. The Restore can only put back what originally came with the system.
    (If you have changed the modem, for instance...)
    4. Don't use fdisk- that is usually not needed with the Compaq restore, which runs from the CD.
    5. Do you have the floppy bootdisk that goes with the Restore CD? They can be downloaded for some models.
    Compaq website has the download if available for your model.
    You MAY be able to run the restore from the CD by setting the CDROM as first boot device in your BIOS- whole thing works best if you boot from the floppy disk so do that if you can.
    Good luck.
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