I want to do a factory reset on an Iconia W3 and Acer is tellilng me I need to purchase a micro-USB cable; a USB hub; an external USB DVD drive and a USB keyboard to accomplish this task. I went to Best Buy and I am looking at $125 - $150 for all of these items. Again, Acer said that is correct. Do I have any other options rather than spending 40% of what I paid for the tablet simply to do a reset? HELP!!!!!!
Actually I would suggest a powered USB hub ($15), USB DVD ($25), keyboard case ($12), USB adapter ($3), and travel mouse ($6) - prices are about what I paid on Amazon for such but do get free shipping.
Will chide Acer for not including the micro-B USB male to USB female-A adapter as they did with the W510. I have a posting here on accessories. Note particularly the powered hub since the DVD requires more power than a Clover Trail tab can provide.
Of course if you have a desktop with DVD then you can put everything needed on a flash drive (several threads) and just need the flash drive (at least 8 GB), keyboard/mouse, and adapter cable. Might be able to do with less, the BIOS seems to support an on screan keyboard but never tried that way.
" Can this be done using a laptop, or does it have to be a desk top?" Please expand on "this" I am not sure what you are trying to do.
If the tablet will boot to Windows, you should be able to create a "recovery flash drive" (several threads on how. I would suggest using an 8GB drive, more is not needed and over 32 GB will be lost.
I wish I could say more about extracting the "recovery partition" which I understand is about 6 GB but my tabs do not have one. I am sure some one else here can tell you how to make the flash drive a stand alone recovery unit but I have just used DVDs.