Solved where can i download a free gateway mx3228 recovery disk for

August 26, 2018 at 20:18:33
Specs: Windows xp
when i tried to create the applications and drivers discs, i get the following msg- 'no recovery partitions or update cds files found. process aborted'- even though there is a 'd: recovery disk' on the hhd. i tried the 'f11 key on start up' and it wants me to insert disc 1 of the recovery disk. which i do not have.

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August 27, 2018 at 01:22:19
Typically you can't. It doesn't exist as a download or likely a purchase item from gateway either. It was only freely distributed with your computer when new and now it's lost. You might try to burn your D: Recovery disk to an actual optical disk but I doubt you saved it as an .iso file which would be the form needed to burn a new optical disk. It's not so much the files it's looking for but the proper form of Gateway special boot sectors on the optical disk that would have been preserved with .iso file format storage. It will never look at the hard drive for a source of those files either. Sounds like somebody tried at least, maybe next time it gets done right?

Lee


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August 27, 2018 at 06:22:52
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The Recovery disk(s) can only be created once. It appears either you or someone else already created them. You should be able to run a full recovery directly from the HDD, essentially a factory reset, which means you'll probably lose all your files & programs. Reboot the laptop & press Alt+F10 as soon as you see the Gateway logo. However, I would seriously consider installing a different OS. XP is no longer safe. Mint Linux Xfce would be a good choice but you should have at least 1GB RAM.

https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3599


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August 27, 2018 at 12:19:45
Thank you both meele5 and riider.
Meele5, yes I think you are right, someone did make those discs and now they are lost. The D: recovery disk is protected and I cannot access its contents, get the msg if you delete these files you will lose the recovery files needed to restore system or something to that effect. I got this little laptop as a fixer upper and want to reset it to factory and give it my granddaughter with no surprises,lol. Thank you for your input, much appreciated and helpfull.
Riider, thank you I think that's much only option, since I don't have any files that I care about to save, thank you

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