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  • Restoring my HP Vista Laptop without Discs

    Hey everyone, I've run into a bit of a problem. I've been having issues with my laptop and would like to restore it back to factory settings. It's an HP laptop (DV6500). Normally, I'd use the recovery discs I made back when I purchased the computer. However, my disc drive is shot and at the moment I can't afford to replace it. Does anyone know of a way to restore it back to factory settings without having to use a disc?
    What an idiot....

    Yeah, I do that Twitter thing.


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    Re: Restoring my HP Vista Laptop without Discs

    Do you know anyone who has a USB dvd drive? Borrow it and you can use that to restore from the discs you burned.

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      Does the HP use a factory restore partition? This is sometimes available via boot-up break prompt to get to a recovery portion that formats the disc. Dell, Sony, IBM all use this concept.. often in lieu of shipping recovery disks at all.

      the simplest as suggested might be to borrow a USB drive somewhere. You have to use bootable media. You may dig into how some of the netbooks cheat disk drive needs, but I haven't looked into that.

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        Re: Restoring my HP Vista Laptop without Discs

        Thanks guys for the suggestions. I'll look into them when I get home from work.
        What an idiot....

        Yeah, I do that Twitter thing.

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          Re: Restoring my HP Vista Laptop without Discs

          Originally posted by Sosai X View Post
          Do you know anyone who has a USB dvd drive? Borrow it and you can use that to restore from the discs you burned.
          Good advice.
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            Re: Restoring my HP Vista Laptop without Discs

            Originally posted by flynnibus View Post
            Does the HP use a factory restore partition? This is sometimes available via boot-up break prompt to get to a recovery portion that formats the disc. Dell, Sony, IBM all use this concept.. often in lieu of shipping recovery disks at all.

            the simplest as suggested might be to borrow a USB drive somewhere. You have to use bootable media. You may dig into how some of the netbooks cheat disk drive needs, but I haven't looked into that.
            Good advice too!
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            This has been a Filmways presentation dahling.

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              Re: Restoring my HP Vista Laptop without Discs

              My advice is to replace your drive so this won't be a problem again.

              Save your pennies until you can afford one.

              And I still have those record albums if you ever come out this way.
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                Re: Restoring my HP Vista Laptop without Discs

                My HP laptop has the restore partition, so yours probably does as well.

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