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Recovering from format!

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I am trying to fix my sister's notebook, which dates back to whenever this PCG-952A Sony Vaio with Windows ME on it came out. I figured out how to format it, but I fear now that her System Recovery Discs (1+2) do not contain another full copy of ME. When I try to boot from either of them, Invalid System Drive comes up and it wants another disc. Do I have to now find and borrow a copy of ME, is there a way I'm missing or don't know about? Please help.

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The recovery disc point to a section on the hard drive that holds the files you need. You have wipped the computer. You can try searching for unformat software
I have not tried any of these so I can not say how good they are.
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Edited by peterm, 15 September 2006 - 01:46 AM.

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I suppose there are other ways to go, but it is possible to change OS's from where you are. Once you erase the hard drive you could use a 98SE (for example) boot disk to format the drive. Only do this if you have a full copy of 98SE (or whichever OS you intend to be on the laptop). I've reformatted my own several times and one or two others also. It's not easy but it is possible.
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