Change of hard drive

December 10, 2010 at 14:50:13
Specs: Windows 7
If i was to change the hard drive of my laptop, would i need to buy a new version of windows 7 or would the recovery disc do?

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December 10, 2010 at 15:08:20
It depends on a number of factors. These being:

1. The geometry and partitioning of your current hard drive. Some recovery partitions do not play well with imaging software.

2. If you have access to good disk imaging utilities like Acronis True Image or other similar utility (there are some good freeware ones too such as EASEUS Partition Master) which can create and image of your current hard drive to a USB based hard drive.

3. Most laptops can only support 1 hard drive.
You need either a special drive bay (some laptops have these) to support an extra hard drive or an external USB box (available fairly cheap) into which you can temporarily fit the new hard disk.

4. Once you have these pre requisites you can image your current hard drive onto the new hard drive.

5. Finally you would remove the old and replace with the new and if all goes well you will have achieved your goal and still have the old hard drive as a backup until; you are satisfied that the new one is working satisfactorily.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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