Why wouldn't the recovery disk (assuming it's on a cd) work? Or was your recovery disk a ghost partition on the old drive?
I'm not familiar with Acer's support website (or if they even have one
), but they may have a recovery disk download for your model or might be able to send you a cd/dvd for a small fee (for shipping?) after confirming your model serial number and whatnot. That's what I've done with Dell and HP laptops in the past that I've replaced hard drives in.
Here's a link that I found trying to google your question/situation - might have what you need ... might not: http://www.user-guides.co.uk/acer/ac...disk%20torrent