Create recovery CD or boot Win 7 netbook without CD drive

January 15, 2012 at 13:27:00
Specs: Windows 7 basic, 1.6GHz / 512 MB
Hi all, I bought for xmas an acer aspire one d257-1880. It doesnt come with a boot or installation cd. Id like to have one since A- im not good with computer B- ill install windows 7 premium and C- if I change the hard drive or something happens Id like to feel secure by having it.
NOw I have usb keys (4gb) and hard drive 500gb with half of it empty. How can I create such a cd or image or usb installation file...HOpe you understand

HOw come we fork 300$ and they cant give it to us«

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#1
January 15, 2012 at 13:42:38
What good are recovery disks if you don't have a CD drive? Read the manual and follow the instructions on how to make back ups.



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#2
January 15, 2012 at 13:46:03
Someone told me we can find a way to make it using a usb or hard drive. Therefore my question I dont have a cd drive and wont buy one I have a desktop no need for it EXcept for this sole purpose

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#3
January 15, 2012 at 14:04:47
Your documentation should tell you what is possible. I know the only method of creating any back up with Windows 7 starter edition is to burn the files to an external USB burner.

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#4
January 15, 2012 at 14:08:32
yes when I tried thats all it offered but again some people told me they or theyre should be another way using whatever software or else to burn into usb or hard drive via usb connection

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#5
January 15, 2012 at 14:44:42
You are running around in circles... your friends and your manual tell you to burn a recovery disk but you won't buy a burner because you have a desktop!... something does not gel here!

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#6
January 15, 2012 at 14:46:00
I ended up taking an Acer netbook back because of that. I tried to burn the disks across my LAN to my desktop. When I couldn't, I contacted Acer tech support and was told I couldn't because my unit had Windows 7 starter edition.

I wouldn't rely on a flash drive for a backup.

You could use a third party program and just image the disk using the network connection.


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#7
January 15, 2012 at 15:41:42
well does anyone thene know s of a way of using an internal dvd writer for it? would there be a cable that would allow me to plug it in(one end usb one end to it??

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#8
January 15, 2012 at 16:39:07
I tried to use an Internal as described above. The whole thing is BS. I guess you might be able to use one of the adapters linked below if you have an extra burner lying around. I have that exact adapter and it is really useful.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#9
January 15, 2012 at 16:54:11
Is this the same thing cause im in canada... thansk for ur help

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listi...

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#10
January 15, 2012 at 17:01:40
Looks to be about the same thing. I know the Vantec one I have works. Just a note. newegg product states it works with 5.25" drives (CD/DVD) I think if it works with 3.5" IDE drives it should work with 5.25".

Newegg.ca ships to Canada.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...


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#11
January 15, 2012 at 17:05:34
Thanks if u say it worked with that i might do this... I still cant understand why they oblige us to have an external cd burner. usb key now are cheap 16gb or even 32 gb so I dont get the point in buying anohter tool which I wont use again. (dont you think portability should mean portability i.e no need of other adapting gimmic so we can use it!?)

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#12
January 16, 2012 at 03:11:52
There are methods of making a usb pen drive bootable, but most require an ISO image of the cd/dvd.

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#13
January 16, 2012 at 04:03:36
Making an USB flash disk bootable and installing Windows from it is easy. Just follow the guidelines below:

HOW TO MAKE A USB FLASH DISK BOOTABLE WITH OS INSTALL FILES

Note: You need a PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7 installed to create a bootable USB flash disk because the commands you will need come built-in with these OSes only. You also need Windows 7 or Vista DVD disk to copy the installation files from.

1. Insert your USB (4GB+ preferable) stick to the system and backup all the data from the USB as you are going to format the USB to make it as bootable.

2. Open elevated Command Prompt (with Admin Rights).

3. When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following commands and press <enter>:

DISKPART <enter> ( diskpart program starts running ).

LIST DISK <enter>.

Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your USB drive (stick). Let's assume it is DISK 1.

4. In this step you need to enter all the below commands one by one and hit enter. As these commands are self explanatory, you can easily guess what these commands do.

SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number) <enter>.

CLEAN <enter>

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY <enter>.

SELECT PARTITION 1 <enter>.

ACTIVE <enter>.

FORMAT FS=NTFS <enter>.

ASSIGN <enter>.

EXIT <enter>.

Don’t close the command prompt as you will need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.

5. Insert your Windows 7 DVD in the optical drive and note down the drive letter of the optical drive and USB media. Here we use “D” as the optical (DVD) drive letter and “H” as the USB drive letter.

6. Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands:

D: (Replace D: with the drive letter of your DVD drive) <enter>.

CD D:\BOOT <enter> ( where “D” is your DVD drive letter ).

BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: <enter> (where “H” is your USB drive letter)

7. Copy Windows 7 DVD contents to USB stick.

Now you can insert the bootable USB stick and restart your PC. You may need to make the removable disk as the first boot item in BIOS.

CoolGuy


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#14
January 16, 2012 at 04:57:48
Guys, the problem is that the only device you can configure to is an external hard drive. As I stated above, I returned a netbook for that very reason. I was told it was something to do with the licensing of Windows 7 starter edition. From what nbabe indicates the same requirements are on the netbook with WinXP on it. I can't verify that is the actual case for the unit in this thread.

The adapter we both linked is a really useful item and is not much cash. So I suggest you get one and use it to make a backup of the hard drive.


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#15
January 16, 2012 at 09:09:53
You're not going to run Win7 Premium with just 512MB RAM. You'll need to install the max your toy-book can handle, which I belive is 2GB. Even that isn't a lot these days & certainly won't give stellar perfomance.

As for not having an optical drive, I'm sure you knew that going in. If you thought it was going to be a problem, you shouldn't have bought it in the 1st place. There are plenty of small screen laptops that don't cost much more than what you paid for the toy-book, but have an internal optical drive PLUS the ability to hold a decent amount of RAM. By the time you buy an external DVD burner & upgrade to 2GB RAM, you'll be at the price a "real" notebook but without the perfomance.


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#16
January 16, 2012 at 12:52:03
No I didnt know I couldnt or wouldnt receive an installation file. I didnt know I oculd use a usb or external drive to save or create a back up. And the reason I bought it was portability and size (small and fits in a purse) but I sure dont want to spend 20$there and another 50$ or yes it would be better/cheaper to get a real notebook. For my usage I thougth it would do (size speed and price)

BTW it is a windows 7 start up. and I have 2 more weeks to decide if I keep it or return it.

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#17
January 16, 2012 at 14:09:10
nbabe

I bitched at Acer about the same issues you have with the difficulty in making a backup image. The result was that the person I spoke with sent me a set of restore disks.

I ended up returning the netbook to costco anyway because the keyboard and screen were just too small. Bought the netbook to use for travel but when using online maps the display was too small to really use the map.

Gateway is under the Acer umbrella as is emachines.

I ended up buying an HP laptop with a 17 inch screen and a full size keyboard for $500.


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#18
January 16, 2012 at 15:32:12
I called acer and they tell me there is no cd recovery that they can offer me!!! What model did u have??? I argued with her that I could make one if I had an external drive but she tells me they dont offer one (called acer company directly) Really im getting fed up

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#19
January 16, 2012 at 16:21:13
4 DVD disks. 3 with Acer name on them

1-6SWC7N
Disk 1 of 2 Recovery Disk
P/N RD.A0532.W7S

1-6SWC7N
Disk 2 of 2 Recovery Disk
P/N RD.A0532W7S

1-6SWC7N
Disk 1 of 1 P/N LD.USE32.W71
32 bit Language Disk

1-6SWC7N
Disk 1 of 1 System Disk
P/N : SD.A0532.W7S

Looking at the ini files on the disk indicate the disks are for an Aspire One, which is the netbook a had bought. Besides the OS (Windows 7 starter) there is reference to Works 9 and other software.


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