My computer is a Packard Bell with Windows XP for an OS. I have a problem. Approximately a year ago I received a blue screen of death and had to use a recovery CD in order to sort out my PC. Unfortunately, it also destroyed the hidden partition which is responsible for system recovery when not using a CD. Now, I am trying to perform a system recovery as my computer is in an appalling condition: it gives me a blue screen every 15 minutes, it crashes frequently, playing games on-line is nearly impossible. However, my CD/DVD drive is dead. I tried to flash it but it still does not read anything. The partition is dead so I gather it is impossible to restore my PC without any external interference. I thought about getting an external cd/dvd drive and using it for system recovery. But I am not sure if it will work. Any help on this would be much appreciated. PS: There is also something called "Packard Bell smart restore" on my computer which allows me to reinstall the hardware (media; modem; monitor, vided). Is it possible to maybe get my drive back working by reinstallking one of these options?