Solved Possible to Format laptop using only 1st of 6 DVDs?

July 24, 2015 at 03:24:16
Specs: windows 7
While I was using my asus A53S laptop I made backup for the PC using six DVD's. But now I only have the 1st DVD only.can it be use to format? If can, how? Thank u

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July 24, 2015 at 09:58:10
You had a valid copy of win-7 installed. Is/was it an OEM (came with the system) or Retail.

The key - usually on the sticker on the base - or sometimes within the battery compartment(!) - will have the actual key itself. It will include the letters OEM (usually) if the system came pre-installed. Equally if you already know the key then again it will likely be an OEM. If per chance you have a Retail copy then the key will be different - no OEM. You have to use a copy of win-7 which matches your current key. Retail with Retail, and OEM with OEM. They cannot be mixed.

Whichever - you can "legally use a suitable win-7 disk to re-install the OS - using "your" key.

If you have access to the appropriate version - from a friend (and make a copy) - or download an ISO (which then burn to a DVD and use that DVD) - you're home and dry?

This is one site for the download:

http://www.w7forums.com/threads/off...



#1
July 24, 2015 at 04:20:33
I wouldn't attempt it. Let us know what you are trying to achieve overall and we might be able to suggest another way forward..

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
July 24, 2015 at 04:48:53
Agree with Derek; wait and perhaps give us more complete information/details as to why you are thinking of reformatting/re-installgetc.?

Also have you safeguarded "all" your personal files - as in copied them to external storage; typically DVD but an external hard drive too is nice(r).

If you haven't then I suggest you make that your first and immediate project.


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#3
July 24, 2015 at 05:48:33
Actually this is the case

My laptop keep hang and i try to recover using dvd backup i created before that is total 6 dvd. Then when i try to recover, at 4th dvd it going 100% percent and said the restoration is complete. But, when i press next it juz said that choose to format disk using media device or etc(i dont remember). Sorry if im not giving lot of info.im actually very noob pc user.


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#4
July 24, 2015 at 06:07:22
Can you boot to Windows now?

If so, run a chkdsk /r

Click on the Start "button"
Type cmd
Hold down both the Ctrl and Shift keys and press Enter
At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r
Press Enter
You should get a message that the volume is in use and do you want to run the utility at next boot
Just press Y and then Enter
Then restart your computer

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#5
July 24, 2015 at 08:05:33
No i cant go to windows. im stuck at halfway of the recovery and now my pc cannot be used.😞

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#6
July 24, 2015 at 08:05:33
No i cant go to windows. im stuck at halfway of the recovery and now my pc cannot be used.😞

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#7
July 24, 2015 at 09:19:05
Fomat will effectively erase the contents from the hard drive, is that what you want to do?

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#8
July 24, 2015 at 09:21:10
As you are stuck part way through restore then there is little scope for alternative fixes.

See this:
http://www.tomsguide.com/answers/id...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#9
July 24, 2015 at 09:22:00
I dont really mind about the data. Important files already backed up

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#10
July 24, 2015 at 09:58:10
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You had a valid copy of win-7 installed. Is/was it an OEM (came with the system) or Retail.

The key - usually on the sticker on the base - or sometimes within the battery compartment(!) - will have the actual key itself. It will include the letters OEM (usually) if the system came pre-installed. Equally if you already know the key then again it will likely be an OEM. If per chance you have a Retail copy then the key will be different - no OEM. You have to use a copy of win-7 which matches your current key. Retail with Retail, and OEM with OEM. They cannot be mixed.

Whichever - you can "legally use a suitable win-7 disk to re-install the OS - using "your" key.

If you have access to the appropriate version - from a friend (and make a copy) - or download an ISO (which then burn to a DVD and use that DVD) - you're home and dry?

This is one site for the download:

http://www.w7forums.com/threads/off...


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#11
July 25, 2015 at 20:48:36
Owh thank you to all of you for helping. Really appreciate it. I'll try to download the windows 1st that matching with my key

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#12
July 25, 2015 at 21:57:35
This is a relative new laptop. Was the reason for the "hang-up" software related, while running a specific program? Or did it freeze randomly?

If you still have warranty on this laptop consider contacting a service centre near you.


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#13
July 26, 2015 at 01:05:16
When i try to use about 2 to 3 program it will freeze.and also internet connection will be lost. My pc already 4 years old and serve me a lot b4. Been using matlab a lot during my final year project at university.then after grad i uninstall it and it went crazy

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#14
July 26, 2015 at 06:49:10
For the future... if you have problem with the system (whatever they may be) perhaps come back here (or go to similar forums) and seek advice; rather than go for re-install (however you may decide to do it)?

Also when you do have a working system, make a fresh set of recovery disks; and (ideally) make an actual image too. Acronis and Easus are two utilities to seriously consider re' imaging the drive. An image would allow an easier(?) way to rebuild a fully working system - one that could (if updated as/when you install software) - include whatever you have installed since rebuilding?

Keep the first image - regard it as a “working image”; and also duplicate it - keeping this duplicate safe and separate; suitably labeled of course). The duplicate is never to be updated; as it will allow you to rebuild to a basic working state - regardless of what you may have installed later.

Later make a second/fresh image (as/when you have installed software and/or made changes to the system). Retain both the originals and the new second image. So you now have a "never to be updated original"; an original (working copy) which can be updated later; and the new second fresh image. As/when etc. update the “working” copy of the original (“not” the never to be updated copy) to create a third image. You will now have a second and a third image - plus the original (never to be updated image). Later as/when... etc. update the second image to create fourth; so you now have the “never to be touched first image”; a third image and the new fourth. If at some time you update an image again, update the third to a fifth - and so on; always updating the oldest (but NOT the never to be updated copy). That way you have the option to rebuild to a reasonably recent setup if serious problems really arrive…

Might seem a little cumbersome… but it’s actually quite simple; and allows you rebuild options various? Modeled somewhat on how it’s done in some major outfits for servers etc…


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