I have an Acer Aspire laptop I bought last year and had to replace the hard drive which was not covered under warrenty because it was my fault the old HD broke. So, I went out and bought the exact same one from ServerSupply. It was blank and needed to be reformatted and partitioned so I called Acer and had them send me the recovery discs. I installed the HD and changed the BIOS to:
1. USB CD/DVD ROM
2. IDE0: Hitachi HTS545025B9A300
3. IDE1: MATbleepADVD-RAM UJ8A0AS
4. USB HDD
5. USB FDD
6. Netwok Boot: Legacy PCI Device
I saved and opened the CDROM and inserted the System Disc first as per directions and restarted. It ran fine and the Windows screen popped up and soon after the eRecovery screen popped up. I followed the instructions and selected "Completely Restore System to Factory Defaults" since the only other option required retaining user data which there was none since it was a brand new hard drive. Upon selecting my choice it takes me to a 'Restore Destination' screen and I think this is where the problem is...
Hard Drive Name: Hitachi HTS545025B9A300 ATA Device
Partiition Size GB.
^^^That is exactly what it says and no I did NOT make any typos.
So I click "OK" and it tells me via popup "This action will erase all existing data on Partition Label: ." I click "OK" to that and it tells me to put in the Restore Disc and I do. It runs for a min and then a popup displays saying "There is insufficient space on the disk for the temporary files required for this operation".
I am so frustrated I'm on the verge of pulling my hair out. Its a brand new 250gig hard drive. Exact same one as the old one. Am I missing something? Did I do the BIOS right? Please help!
I'm in the same exact boat except I'm trying to wipe a hard drive cannibalized out of a Toshiba laptop (it was 32 bit and I'm 64, so the drivers are a tad screwed up) and the recovery disks are only picking up a 1.5gb partition named "ACER," like the OP said. Super frustrated that there is no place to choose which partition, drive, etc, within the discs themselves. I'm debating using Ubuntu to format the hard drive and hopefully wipe out any other partitions but I'm nervous it will be a hidden partition and I'll still be SOL. Thoughts?
Could it be a BIOS issue?
But in the OP's case, even if I were to break down and buy a fresh hard drive to theoretically be able to do a "clean" install from the recovery disks I still might have these issues?
Any other Acer owners have any suggestions?
Edited by hamluis, 18 December 2011 - 12:53 PM.
Split from different topic, PM sent new OP.