format an Acer with broken DVD driver.

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I have a problem with my ACER travelmate, (the ones with the windows
CD written in the hidden partition and you have to burn it on a DVD in
order to use them)
The CD driver has an hardware failure, I can not use it neither for
reading nor for writing CDs or DVDs.

That's not a big problem, I have an external hard disk and I anyway
don't usually need it.

I just need it now, because the windows installed is going too loaded
and slow and I would like to format and reset my system.

I heard that there are alternative solutions (like using the USB

Does anyone have any clue on how do these methods work?
Or any other idea on how could I solve this situation?

thank you,

Re: format an Acer with broken DVD driver.


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Are you sure ?
It is my understanding, that you can initiate a reinstall
directly from that hidden partition. Either by making a
modification to the bios manually or by using the supplied

The only limitation is, that you did not make any changes to the
drives geometry or partitions.

The option to burn a CD is intended to safeguard against a
corrupted harddisk.

Kind regards,
Gerard Bok

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