OK, here is what you need to do on another computer to download a bootable disk and burn it in order to get into the hard drive contents.
There is a free rescue bootable disk with many useful programs. It is called Hiren's BootCD.
You can download it by clicking on THIS LINK
Once you have downloaded it, extract the zip file and you will get an ISO file which you need to burn onto a blank CD. You can use a program named Free ISO Burner
which you can download on THIS LINK
. It is free and easy to use.
Start Free ISO Burner
and insert a blank CD. Click Open
and locate the extracted ISO file and then click Burn
Once burned, insert the disk into your "Gordon all in one" computer and then restart it. If it is set to boot from a bootable disk by default, then you will see this screen:
There select Mini Windows Xp
and it will start an environment that looks like Windows XP, meaning you can access the hard disk drive and run some programs. You can then connect your external hard disk drive and use it to transfer personal files from the computer's hard drive to the external hard drive.
In case the computer doesn't automatically boot from the inserted disk, then you will need to access the BIOS and enable booting from the CD/DVD drive. Since I have never worked with "Gordon all in one" computers, I don't know the exact key you need to press when the computer is powering on, but it is usually F1
So, restart the computer and keep pressing the F1
key. If nothing happens, restart it again and try with F2
key, and then with Del/Delete
, or check the screen to see if it is mentioning something about the "Press ... to access BIOS" message.
One of those keys should bring you to the BIOS screen where you can go to the BOOT
tab and set CD/DVD drive to be the primary boot device. Once you have done that, save the changes in the BIOS and exit it. It is usually done by pressing the F10
The computer will then restart and boot from the Hiren's Boot CD where you can access Mini Windows Xp environment.
Let me know if you were able to do that.