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Acer Aspire 5580 eRecovery

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i have this Acer aspire 5580... would like to do a recovery from the partition on the hard disk. upon going to the erecovery after pressing Alt F10, it prompts for password... enters the default password '000000' but it doesn't recognize the password... run out of ideas as we did not change the password as far as we are aware. 1st time doing the recovery after using the laptop for 2 years.  the os is windows vista home premium
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The erecovery password is stored in a file on the hidden recovery partition. To be able to read that password boot the PC using something like the UBCD, UBCD4WIN or puppy, then find that password file and read it's contents. The Links below is for those CD's, and the last one is a Link which explains better where that file can be found.

http://ultimatebootcd.com
http://ubcd4win.com
http://www.puppylinux.org/

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=105207
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thanks for the link... i have boot using ubcd4win... however, under disk management, it shows the hidden partition as pqservice... no drive letter... how to access the hidden partiion?
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when the ubcd4win boots up, these are the options to select
1) launch ultimate boot cd from windows (i did but can't access the hidden partiion, only able to see it in disk management
2) goback removal tool (not tried)
3) memtest86(not tried)
4) ntfs for dos (can see the drive as d with the correct capacity of about 8GB.. however in Dos, when i type d: it says invalid drive specification)
5) offline nt password & registry editor (able to see the hidden drive as /dev/sda1, but don't think resetting of password applies here?)
6) windows recovery console (can access the hidden partition but i can't edit any of the files, there is no tools folder or the file name aimdrs.dat... how to search for it?)

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by:rindi
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If you can't access the partition with the ubcd4win, use a Linux LiveCD like puppy, mepis or knoppix.

http://www.puppylinux.org/
http://mepis.org
http://knoppix.net
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thanks for the suggestion.. ended using ulitmate boot cd, not ubcd4win -> hard disk tools to retrieve the password
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Which of the harddisk tools did you use?
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low level hard disk edit
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