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    I have an Acer laptop which I bought in early 2008, and has had so many issues and a final one being that the only administrator account has suffered the 'user profile service' failure error, which I've read around that I can only fix by resetting to factory settings (and I've already sent it off to my insurers and they have said the same).

    However when I restore to factory settings, will this only be applied to the main partition, or also the a 'free' partition which has all my data stored/backed up in? Atm I have not got an external hard drive to back it up with, so if I restore to factory settings, will my D: Drive still remain as normal? Or should I just wait until I have purchased a ext hard drive before I restore it?

    (Also my recovery files are on a recovery disc, not on a partition)
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    well ,I know nothing about acer, but lenovo will keep the things outside the system partition still.

    and it doesnt matter the recovery application is on a disk or a hidden patition,

    but, if luck enough, your recovery disk is merely a system disk, you can install the system without format your hard driver.

    why not find a friend of you and transfer all the things to their laptop or external hd temporarily? you can fulfill the transfer with the help of router or to say in a lan. it's very fast.
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    It should leave it untouched theoretically, but it depends what you use to do it really. I wouldn't put it past Acer to just write the whole disk, partition table and all.
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    Hmm seeing as I've never done this before I guess I'll just use a external hard drive for the mean time
 
 
 
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