Steven from Louisville, KY writes:
My wife has an emachine running windows 7. We would like to reformat it but she has misplaced the system disk. Can we burn a recovery disk to use to reformat it?
Since it’s a rare occurrence that you’d need your reformat disk shortly after buying a new computer, it’s not that uncommon for the CD to get lost in the shuffle as the years pass by. If you no longer have the disc there are still two other methods available to reformat your eMachines computer – maybe.
Unfortunately not all eMachines models include additional options for restoring the system back to factory settings, as the company instead sells replacement recovery discs online for those who have lost the original. To determine if your particular eMachines model includes a built-in option for burning a new recovery disc, open up the “Start” menu and select “All Programs.”
Open the “eMachines” folder and check to see if there is a program named “Recovery Management” or something similar. If the program is listed, click the icon to bring up the recovery tool. Navigate to the “Backup” tab and click the “Create Factory Default Disc” option at the top of the window.
Insert your first blank DVD into drive (depending on your model and which version of Windows you are running, it may take multiple discs to create the backup tool) and select your DVD drive from the drop-down box. Click the “Start” button located at the bottom of the window. The program will then automatically burn all the relevant data to the disc, and prompt you to enter a second DVD if necessary.
Your eMachines computer may not include this backup program, however. If the software is missing, you may still be able to reformat the system manually by accessing a hidden hard drive partition. This separate partition is made at the factory specifically for recovering the computer in the event of serious problems.
Close all of your open programs and select the “Restart” option in the “Start” menu. Wait for the manufacturer logo to appear on the screen as the computer boots up, and tap the “Alt” and “F10” keys at the same time to bring up the hidden system menu. Select the “System Restore” option and then follow the series of prompts to wipe the hard drive and return your computer to factory settings.
If neither the backup tool or recovery partition options are available on your particular eMachines model, you can still order a new recovery disc directly from the manufacturer’s website, which can be done right here.