How to Format & Reload an Acer Aspire Netbook

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If system files on your Acer netbook have been deleted or corrupted due to a virus or user error, formatting the hard drive and starting over fresh is often the best solution. The Acer Aspire One line of netbook computers come with a built-in disk-to-disk (D2D) recovery partition that restores the hard drive to its factory default image. The partition formats the rest of the hard drive and reloads Windows onto the disk.

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  1. 1

    Turn on the Acer Aspire One and press "F2" on the boot screen to go to the BIOS. Use the directional keys to select "Main."

  2. 2

    Go to "D2D Recovery." Use the "F5" or "F6" keys to set the option to "Enabled." Press "F10" then press "Enter" to save and quit the BIOS.

  3. 3

    Hold down "Alt" and "F10" on the Acer logo screen. Read the license terms then press "A" to accept the terms.

  4. 4

    Follow the on-screen directions to format the Acer Aspire One netbook and reload the PC to its factory default state.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't format the drive without first backing up all files on the hard drive.
  • Performing disk-to-disk recovery on the drive will erase all files on the disk.

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