How to make an AST HDR (hard disk restore disk)
1) Go to ARI-Service
by system name or by part number to find the HDR disk file for your
computer. If you cannot locate the file you can email support.
the file to an empty
folder on your hard drive. (DO NOT SAVE THE FILE TO THE FLOPPY DISK
IT WONT WORK!) While the file is downloading read the information on
4) When the
file finishes downloading go to Windows
5) Go to
the folder that contains the file.
click the file. It will expand into other files. One will be called
7) Put a
blank formatted 3 1/2 inch square floppy disk in the drive.
click the file named EXTRACT. This will write to the floppy disk.
This is your new HDR (Hard Disk Restore floppy).
correct way to do an AST hard
both the HDR floppy diskette and the ASTWorks Data CD it to the floppy
and CD ROM drives.
3) Wait for
it to ask the question Do you want to proceed? Answer NO.
4) At the
A:\> prompt type FDISK /MBR and hit return. You will see the A:\>
prompt in a few seconds.
5) Then type
FDISK and hit return.
option 4 to see the partition information.
7) Hit ESC
to go back to the main menu.
option 3 and then option 1 to remove partition information.
Then 1 and hit enter.
9) Then the
volume label. Type it EXACTLY as it is written above. (The _ is the
shift key and the minus (-) Then type Y and hit enter.
hit ESC to continue.
at the main menu chose option 1 then option 1
12) It will
ask if you if you want to use the maximum available size for the partition,
hit Y to answer yes. Some systems will ask if you want to make the partition
active. If so answer yes.
press ESC to exit FDISK This will bring you back to the A:/>
for it to ask the question Do you want to proceed? Answer NO again.
15) At the
A:\> type FORMAT /U C: Depending on the size of your hard drive this
can take between 10 and 45 minutes.
it's done it will ask you for a volume label. Just hit enter. (The volume
label. will be changed shortly) Then you will come back to the A:\>
answer NO then type FORMAT /U C: and hit return.
for it to ask the question Do you want to proceed? Answer YES this time.
the prompts from here and you should have no problems. These actions
will erase and eliminate all data on your system. And return the original
software configuration as it was when it left the factory.
If you have any
problems call tech support.