Trying to recreate bootable CD from zipped files


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samwyse

I need to run recovery on a laptop. The manufacturer no longer provides recovery media. I've tracked down a bunch of ZIP files that contain eight CDs worth of files. Not eight ISO files, all the files and directories that were on the CDs. The instructions say to copy and paste the files and thenburn the CD. Needless to say, this doesn't produce a bootable version of the first CD. I'm now using InfraRecorder to create bootable ISO files of the first disk and testing inside a VM. Unfortunately, I can't figure out which, if any, of the files should be used as my boot file. Below is an edited listing of everything on the first disk. Thanks for any and all help.

C:\...\Recovery1>dir /s
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 32B6-C79A

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1

10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> ..
04/30/2008 01:24 AM 0 ACERBOOT_FOLDER.TAG
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> BOOT
01/18/2008 11:45 AM 333,203 BOOTMGR
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> EFI
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> GAIA
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> IMAGES
08/31/2010 05:06 PM 349 RCD.DAT
08/31/2010 05:06 PM 311 Restore.dat
10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> SOURCES
4 File(s) 333,863 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\BOOT

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
01/04/2008 03:22 PM 262,144 BCD
01/02/2008 11:23 PM 3,170,304 BOOT.SDI
01/04/2008 03:23 PM 2,048 ETFSBOOT.COM
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> FONTS
3 File(s) 3,434,496 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\EFI

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> MICROSOFT
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\EFI\MICROSOFT

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> BOOT
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
01/04/2008 03:22 PM 262,144 BCD
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> FONTS
1 File(s) 262,144 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\GAIA

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
11/01/2006 12:34 PM 324,096 PEIMG.EXE
12/27/2007 07:55 AM 33 PEIMG.INI
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> SERVICING
2 File(s) 324,129 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\SOURCES

10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> ..
03/12/2009 02:55 AM 186,609,352 BOOT.WIM
1 File(s) 186,609,352 bytes

Total Files Listed:
75 File(s) 648,192,575 bytes
35 Dir(s) 16,864,903,168 bytes free
 
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Ken

I need to run recovery on a laptop. The manufacturer no longer provides recovery media. I've tracked down a bunch of ZIP files that contain eight CDs worth of files. Not eight ISO files, all the files and directories that were on the CDs. The instructions say to copy and paste the files and then burn the CD. Needless to say, this doesn't produce a bootable version of the first CD. I'm now using InfraRecorder to create bootable ISO files of the first disk and testing inside a VM. Unfortunately, I can't figure out which, if any, of the files should be used as my boot file. Below is an edited listing of everything on the first disk. Thanks for any and all help.

C:\...\Recovery1>dir /s
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 32B6-C79A

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1

10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> ..
04/30/2008 01:24 AM 0 ACERBOOT_FOLDER.TAG
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> BOOT
01/18/2008 11:45 AM 333,203 BOOTMGR
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> EFI
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> GAIA
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> IMAGES
08/31/2010 05:06 PM 349 RCD.DAT
08/31/2010 05:06 PM 311 Restore.dat
10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> SOURCES
4 File(s) 333,863 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\BOOT

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
01/04/2008 03:22 PM 262,144 BCD
01/02/2008 11:23 PM 3,170,304 BOOT.SDI
01/04/2008 03:23 PM 2,048 ETFSBOOT.COM
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> FONTS
3 File(s) 3,434,496 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\EFI

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> MICROSOFT
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\EFI\MICROSOFT

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> BOOT
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
01/04/2008 03:22 PM 262,144 BCD
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> FONTS
1 File(s) 262,144 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\GAIA

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
11/01/2006 12:34 PM 324,096 PEIMG.EXE
12/27/2007 07:55 AM 33 PEIMG.INI
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> SERVICING
2 File(s) 324,129 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\SOURCES

10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> ..
03/12/2009 02:55 AM 186,609,352 BOOT.WIM
1 File(s) 186,609,352 bytes

Total Files Listed:
75 File(s) 648,192,575 bytes
35 Dir(s) 16,864,903,168 bytes free

What brand and model of computer are you looking for? Someone might
have restoration disk for that computer.
 
G

glee

I need to run recovery on a laptop. The manufacturer no longer
provides recovery media. I've tracked down a bunch of ZIP files that
contain eight CDs worth of files. Not eight ISO files, all the files
and directories that were on the CDs. The instructions say to copy
and paste the files and then burn the CD. Needless to say, this
doesn't produce a bootable version of the first CD. I'm now using
InfraRecorder to create bootable ISO files of the first disk and
testing inside a VM. Unfortunately, I can't figure out which, if any,
of the files should be used as my boot file. Below is an edited
listing of everything on the first disk. Thanks for any and all help.
snip

Acer Store: Recovery Media Purchase Program
http://us-store.acer.com/rcd/
 
Z

Zaphod Beeblebrox

What brand and model of computer are you looking for? Someone might
have restoration disk for that computer.


I'm guessing ACER...

--
Zaphod

"So [Trillian], two heads is what does it for a girl?"
"...Anything else [Zaphod]'s got two of?"
- Arthur Dent
 
Z

Zaphod Beeblebrox

On Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:58:03 -0700 (PDT), "(e-mail address removed)"
I need to run recovery on a laptop. The manufacturer no longer
provides recovery media. I've tracked down a bunch of ZIP files that
contain eight CDs worth of files. Not eight ISO files, all the files
and directories that were on the CDs. The instructions say to copy
and paste the files and then burn the CD. Needless to say, this
doesn't produce a bootable version of the first CD. I'm now
usingInfraRecorder to create bootable ISO files of the first disk and
testing inside a VM. Unfortunately, I can't figure out which, if any,
of the files should be used as my boot file. Below is an edited
listing of everything on the first disk. Thanks for any and all help.

<snip directory listings>

It looks like you are working with Vista or Windows 7 (given the file
names). I don't know how to make a bootable CD with what you have, but
you can make a bootable USB drive with them. Here's a tutorial:

http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Bootable-Windows-7-or-Vista-USB-Drive

HTH
 
S

samwyse

I have Acer Aspire One D150-1322, running Windows XP. After upgrading to IE9, it locks up while loading the drivers. I was able to find the recoverydisk images for this model in a "dark corner" of the Internet.

I also have an Acer Aspire One AO751h, also running XP. It stopped bootinga month or two ago, but fixing it wasn't as high of a priority since its sibling was still working. :) I haven't found any drivers for it, and it may get turned into a low-power Linux server.

Both system boot Windows 7 Home from an external DVD just fine (which I used to xcopy everything in Documents and Settings into an external 1TB disk),so I suspect virus or driver issues. I'd like to do a fresh install and start over.
 
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G

glee

I have Acer Aspire One D150-1322, running Windows XP. After upgrading
to IE9, it locks up
while loading the drivers. I was able to find the recovery disk images
for this model in
a "dark corner" of the Internet.

I also have an Acer Aspire One AO751h, also running XP. It stopped
booting a month or two
ago, but fixing it wasn't as high of a priority since its sibling was
still working. :) I
haven't found any drivers for it, and it may get turned into a
low-power Linux server.

Both system boot Windows 7 Home from an external DVD just fine (which I
used to xcopy
everything in Documents and Settings into an external 1TB disk), so I
suspect virus or
driver issues. I'd like to do a fresh install and start over.

And how, pray tell, did you install IE9 on XP? It does not install on
XP. If you installed IE9, you are running Vista or Seven, not XP.
 
P

Paul

I need to run recovery on a laptop.
The manufacturer no longer provides recovery media.
I've tracked down a bunch of ZIP files that contain
eight CDs worth of files. Not eight ISO files, all the files and
directories that were on the CDs. The instructions say to copy
and paste the files and then burn the CD. Needless to say,
this doesn't produce a bootable version of the first CD.
I'm now using InfraRecorder to create bootable ISO files
of the first disk and testing inside a VM. Unfortunately,
I can't figure out which, if any, of the files should be
used as my boot file. Below is an edited listing of everything
on the first disk. Thanks for any and all help.

C:\...\Recovery1>dir /s
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 32B6-C79A

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1

10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> ..
04/30/2008 01:24 AM 0 ACERBOOT_FOLDER.TAG
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> BOOT
01/18/2008 11:45 AM 333,203 BOOTMGR
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> EFI
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> GAIA
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> IMAGES
08/31/2010 05:06 PM 349 RCD.DAT
08/31/2010 05:06 PM 311 Restore.dat
10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> SOURCES
4 File(s) 333,863 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\BOOT

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
01/04/2008 03:22 PM 262,144 BCD
01/02/2008 11:23 PM 3,170,304 BOOT.SDI
01/04/2008 03:23 PM 2,048 ETFSBOOT.COM
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> FONTS
3 File(s) 3,434,496 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\EFI

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> MICROSOFT
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\EFI\MICROSOFT

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> BOOT
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
01/04/2008 03:22 PM 262,144 BCD
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> FONTS
1 File(s) 262,144 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\GAIA

10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> ..
11/01/2006 12:34 PM 324,096 PEIMG.EXE
12/27/2007 07:55 AM 33 PEIMG.INI
10/17/2012 07:39 AM <DIR> SERVICING
2 File(s) 324,129 bytes

Directory of C:\...\Recovery1\SOURCES

10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> .
10/17/2012 07:40 AM <DIR> ..
03/12/2009 02:55 AM 186,609,352 BOOT.WIM
1 File(s) 186,609,352 bytes

Total Files Listed:
75 File(s) 648,192,575 bytes
35 Dir(s) 16,864,903,168 bytes free

Apparently the Acer Aspire One has a number of operating
system options. Are you sure you've got the right
recovery media ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_Aspire_One#Operating_systems

The boot.wim and references to BCD, suggest the above
download is related to Vista or Windows 7. And the Wikipedia
article mentions Windows 7 Starter is used on models with
"D" as the first letter.

Paul
 
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samwyse

That would explain why it's not booting, I guess. It's my daughter's netbook, and several web sites that she frequents started saying that she neededto upgrade her browser. I went to microsoft.com, and it said it was goingto install IE9, which actually worked until the next reboot. And yes, it was running Windows XP. I bought both Aspire's in early 2009 (the sticker on the bottom has the mfg date), and I made sure to get XP because Vista had just been released and it was receiving terrible reviews. I've kept up to date on the service packs and have only had to de-virus them once or twice. I've got a Windows 7 Home DVD that they will boot, and it also insists that Win7 isn't installed on the hard drive. (It also says that I can upgrade, but (a) I'm pretty sure I'd need a proof-of-purchase at some point, and (b) it wants me to boot from the hard drive, which ain't happening.)
 
S

samwyse

Have you tried booting to safe boot and running Acer Recovery?



Jim

Well, that's an embarrassing question. :) I'd tried that several times without success. Then, when I was supposed to be packing to leave on a business trip, I noticed an admonition to hold down the left Alt key during boot.. I tried again, and it worked; I guess I'd been using the right Alt key up until then. As soon as I get back home, I'll double check my back-ups and try the full restore.
 
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G

glee

Bill wrote:
I had thought IE9 wasn't even compatible with WindowsXP (i.e., if
we're

using Windows XP, IE8 is as high as we can go). Am I mistaken?

That would explain why it's not booting, I guess. It's my daughter's
netbook, and several
web sites that she frequents started saying that she needed to upgrade
her browser. I
went to microsoft.com, and it said it was going to install IE9, which
actually worked
until the next reboot. And yes, it was running Windows XP. I bought
both Aspire's in
early 2009 (the sticker on the bottom has the mfg date), and I made
sure to get XP because
Vista had just been released and it was receiving terrible reviews.
I've kept up to date
on the service packs and have only had to de-virus them once or twice.
I've got a Windows
7 Home DVD that they will boot, and it also insists that Win7 isn't
installed on the hard
drive. (It also says that I can upgrade, but (a) I'm pretty sure I'd
need a
proof-of-purchase at some point, and (b) it wants me to boot from the
hard drive, which
ain't happening.)

IE9 will NOT install on XP, and if you went to the Microsoft web page
for IE9, it detects your operating system and automatically redirects
you to the download for IE8.... I just tried it, multiple ways. If you
go to the "Other versions" page from the link there, you have to choose
your operating system, and XP is not listed there either, so it is
highly unlikely that you even got the IE9 offline installation
package.... and if you did, it would have halted with a message that it
will not install on XP, if you had run the installer. You probably
actually got IE8.

As to creating your bootable CD from these files you claim to be for XP
recovery, well they are not. Where did you get them? They are install
files from a recovery disc for Windows 7 or Vista, not XP. The files
you have are NOT for an XP recovery.
 

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