Before recovering, back up files from the My Documents folder and from other folders you may have created.
Disconnect all connected devices (such as the Personal Media Drive, USB drives, printer, and fax), remove media from drives, and remove any recently added internal hardware. Do not disconnect the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power cord.
Turn on the computer and press the Esc
key when the first logo screen appears.
Insert the first recovery disc into the top CD or DVD drive.
Use the Up Arrow
and Down Arrow
keys to select the CD or DVD drive containing the recovery disc, and press the Enter
key to start.
If a screen displays Press R for recovery options
, press the R
A screen with a list of options should appear: R, F, and Q. These options can change depending on the state of the hard drive. For example, if the hard drive is new, only R lists.
Select one of the following methods depending on the type of recovery method you want to perform:
to perform a standard system recovery.
to perform a destructive recovery. This will format the hard drive. If the hard drive is new or has had the recovery partition damaged, this option will also create new partitions and format the drive.
to quit recovery.
Read and respond to each window and screen that appears.
NOTE:When changing discs, do not press the OK
button. Instead, wait for the drive to read the disc and automatically continue the recovery.
NOTE:If you are using a supplemental recovery disc (select models only), you must remove the supplemental disc before restarting the computer.
After the System Recovery is complete, the computer restarts and continues into Windows setup. Complete the setup screens and wait until the computer finishes the setup.
NOTE:It may take a long time to complete Windows setup. This time varies and may take over several hours. Recovery times are most affected by using recovery discs that were ordered from HP and/or the amount of files that were stored in the user account folders (Like My Documents and the Desktop).