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I am having a huge problem regarding restoring my Compaq Presario PC using Windows XP.

I recently attempted to do a total clean reinstall and recovery using the recovery disks supplied with my PC.

However, whenever I insert the first disk, it froze nearly halfway through the partition setup and gave me the warning "I/O error or CD-ROM read error; Press any key to continue."

When I attempt to continue, it reboots to a black screen indicating "No disk drive set or partition corrupted; press "R" to begin system recovery." When I do, it starts the partition setup....and then freezes as before.

I was able to purchase what I thought were some recovery disks that fit my PC, but when I attempted to load the first disk, I got a "I/O disk error" message.

Is there anything I can do to at least set the partition so that the new disk set I purchased can work?? Is there a boot CD disk I can use to reset the partition? Or....will I have to simply buy a new hard drive or a new CPU??

Any assistance you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I am at my wit's end.


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What's the model number of that Compaq Presario? If you don't know for sure, advise what the product number on the sticker is.

Here is a good place for purchasing a recovery CD/DVD kit for an older HP/Compaq.

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One thing that the HP/Compaq Recovery directions that come with sets I have ordered tell you (perhaps not with the ones you have) is to press "F" key when you see the message to press "R" for Recovery- this stands for Full Recovery, which formats the drive and usually will re-build the recovery partition, then install everything as it was from the factory.

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