I have replaced a dead hard disk in an out of warranty Acer Apire 1360 laptop.

The two recovery CDs I have dont appear to be bootable, they just contain .hdd and .ghs (image?) files. On the original broken hard drive there was a hidden partition which could be invoked by pressing alt+f10 when booting. You would then be prompted for the 2 recovery CDs to perform the restore.

Obviously the new hard drive does not contain the hidden Acer recovery partition.

This being the case, how do I go about restoring Win XP?

The 2 CDs are called Aspire 1360/1520 Serires Recovery CD Disk 1 of 2 and 2 of 2. Am I missing a futher bootable recovery CD?

Can anyone confirm how many restore CDs originally came with the laptop.


GHS files are disk images created with Symanect Ghost. their contents can be viewed and extracted with Ghost Explorer (which could be available for free, not sure though). maybe one of them contains the windows installation source files (usually in a folder named i386), then you'll be able create your own Windows Installation CD.

you may also be able to restore your computer from the GHS files with Ghost Enterprise edition (ghost32.exe).

  • Hi Molly, sorry but I made a mistake when I said they were .IMG files. I've ammended my question. thanks for answering. – John Nov 9 '09 at 14:18
  • edited my post accordingly. – Molly7244 Nov 9 '09 at 14:46
  • please note the differences between the various versions of Ghost: up to v8 & v11 = GOOD, anything else = BAD (entirely different software, formerly known as Quarterdeck's Drive Image) – Molly7244 Nov 9 '09 at 14:53

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