Using my recovery discs/reformatting

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Wicked_Angel666

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I decided to completely reformat my desktop computer. I have 2 discs that came with my computer when I bought it (recovery disc 1 and 2). I run Windows XP Media Center Edition on a Compaq. For some reason, it has taken hours and hours to do this. Over 24 hours. I was told that a reformat normally takes about 5 hours. I keep getting an error message every so often "Error! Cannot copy file >filename<. Please eject disc and clean it and try again." Well I have cleaned the disc about 10 times by now and it hasn't helped. Either it has a scratch (nothing really serious that I can see) or the data is corrupt somehow. Both the discs are like this. Could this be why it is going so slow? This is definitly not normal, and I am thinking maybe I have really wrecked my PC. Also, it had been going for about 24hours, and it restarted the whole thing for no apparent reason. And now I realized that XP isn't on the disc. Or is it? My friend told me it was, but now I am getting conflicting information from other people. So pretty much these are my questions: Why is it taking so long? Should I give up, and bring it to a professional before I make things worse? And is XP on a recovery disc, and if it isn't how should I go about getting it again? Any suggestions or thoughts on this will be very helpful, thank you!
 
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With MCE there is a process of swapping those two discs back and forth to complete the loading process. A little stupid if you ask me when MS cold have put them on a DVD instead.
I too have had this issue.
 
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I agree with the lens cleaner idea...that might be part of your problem.

5 hours for a system restore????!!! :eek: I think something is wrong there! Mine only took like 1 maybe 2 hours to do the system restore. Someone on here (JohnWill? Rollin' Rog? Byteman??) has a "guide" to restoring your computer in case you don't have the directions that came with your pc. You might also find one on www.pchell.com They have some really down to earth guides to make things easier for you to understand--not that I think or am saying you are stupid!! It's just written for the average semi-computer literate person.

From personal experience I highly recommend doing the full system restore instead of making a "backup" copy (you'll get this option when you do the restore--AVOID DOING THIS!!). My backup copy is STILL on my computer, because there isn't a program out there that will take it off--not Brute Force/Killbox...you'll be stuck with it forever (and all the little nasties it might contain! :eek:) So if you are going to do it, it's gotta be a clean break--full system restore, no backup folder!

I wish you luck! You might very well need it! ;)
 
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