But I've always tried more than one time.
In closing somewhere in the instructions is to unplug any USB device, remove upgrades and make it "STOCK" when restoring.
Hope this helps.
I have a Studio 17 purchased in June 2009. In August, due to issues with a faulty downloaded program (iTunes) I decided to perform a factory restore from the recovery partition. In the middle of the recovery, I got an error and the entire thing crashed. Vista would not even load. I had to manually install vista and of course everything else.
My question: what good is the recovery partition and the data stored there? Could I just delete the entire thing? I would NEVER try a restore again since there is obviously something wrong with it.