1. Format the drive.
It's very possible to prepare the drive in a fashion the restore program didn't expect. If I see the restore fail I offer the restore process a blank drive with no partitions.
2. Change the drive for something unsupported. Example: Let's say we had XP. Notice no SP1 or SP2. Our new drive is 160GB in size and we partition it and format it just to be sure it's OK. Since XP doesn't support 160GB drives the restore CD is again tripped up.
Hope this helps you discover the causes.
In closing, the story why you formatted the drive may reveal another source of problems.
I have an 6212 emachine. I'd like to restore my os after format my hd. But when I insert the 1st cd the system states "Preparing system recovery options" then goes to a screen that displayes the "e" logo and "Powered by PC Angel System Recovery", where it stays and never goes beyond.
Could you help me to solve this problem?