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08-02-2011 06:57 AM - edited 08-02-2011 06:59 AM
I have a HP Pavilion Laptop from the G6000 series which I bought about 3 years ago and has worked brilliantly until recently when the DVD drive was no longer recognised, after trying a number of online suggestions to fix it it was not showing up in the registry and so I decided to give up and I bought a usb drive which has been fine so far. However, It has not been formatted since I bought it and is getting rather slow and I have managed to aquire a pop up / virus thing called click potato which is slowing it down further. I want to format it and have all my files backed up on an external hard drive but without a working CD drive will it be possible to reboot (I've been told it wont recognise the USB one in this state?
I also don't have the original boot disks it came with but it has a "recovery" partition built in. Is there anyway I can format and reinstall windows without this working equipment?
08-02-2011 11:51 AM
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Tapping F11 at the HP bios splash screen should start the restore process.