How to copy Windows 7 OS from HP laptop

August 14, 2010 at 01:46:23
Specs: Windows 7

I bought HP laptop recently in US. They did not give any OS cd/dvd. I want to copy the os to dvd because they have given 95% memory in C drive. So I want to format my system to repartition my drives and future purpose also. It will be better to copy my os before installing any softwares.

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August 14, 2010 at 03:07:50

the reason c; is a little smaller thanadvertised is that it contains the inage of your win 7, installation so that if anything goes wrong you can reinage in 10 mins.
IT IS NOT wise to delete this hidden partion for a few Gb od space.!!!
if you want to copy your OS use the windoes restore option and choose create inage, this will image your drive as is, and you will be to reimager should you have problems in the future, however, it would still be better to keep the hp hidden drive just in case, you access that by tapping f10 at boot time and following the instructions.

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but cant help myself....

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August 14, 2010 at 08:31:46

Are you saying the C drive is 95% full on a new laptop?

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August 14, 2010 at 09:12:59

I mean 95% memory is allocated to C drive. If I create all my files in C drive. If there is any problem comes, I have to format my machine. I will lose all my files to do so. Thats why I want to copy my OS and repartition my drives. So that I can divide the memory to other drives. I can keep my files in other drives. If any problem comes, I will lose C drive data.

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August 14, 2010 at 09:28:05

right click computer/manage/disk management richt click on the c; drive and choose shrink volume, you can make the c; drive smaller and create a d; drive with the remaining space, copy your files into the d; drive they will remain safe.

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August 14, 2010 at 10:33:02

First create the restore disks from the data on the D partition. Test to verify they work. Then wipe the entire drive using killdisk.

Repartitioning the C partition will most likely make the restore function from the hidden partition useless.

Once you wipe the drive you can use a third party utility to partition the drive as you wish. Then use the restore disks to reinstall Windows 7 on the C partition.

Then buy an external hard drive and image your partitions to folders on it. You can also use DVDR disks.

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February 19, 2011 at 00:42:27

From what I understand from you question is that -
1. There is only one partition C: which is 95% of your total HD space.
2. You want to create new partitions out of it to store your personal files seperately like D, E...
1. You don't need windows CD to do that
2. You dont have to reformat/re-install the entire HD
1. Right-click on MY COMPUTER > MANAGE > DISK MANAGEMENT > Right-click on the C partition and click >SHRINK Volume >choose a size (in MB) for the new volume
Total size show will be that 95% in MB
Choose a size by calculating say 40% of the total 95% and shrink
You will be asked to label, format the new partition and bingo >Your new partition will be created.

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February 19, 2011 at 07:45:50

You are concerned about losing your personal files if you need to re-install Windows. If you are concerned you should be keeping copies of the files elsewhere. There are many ways to lose the files. The entire hard drive will eventually fail, the computer can be lost, stolen or destroyed. The entire drive can become corrupted by any number of causes.

You get the idea? Backup your files somehow.

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February 19, 2011 at 10:34:28

To create the Disc (3 or more DVD) to restore your HP back to Factory Setting.
They will work to Install new hard drive.
Start - All programs - Recovery Manager - Click Recovery manager again -
Recovery Disc Creation. Only 1 copy allowed.
Others have told you how to save your documents.
You can also use Ghost or Acronis with an exterior hard drive.

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February 19, 2011 at 11:37:54

and if something goes wrong at anytime you can call HP support and get the Recovery DVD which do same as your recovery parttion (13 gb) d: does.

Subhash Chandra.

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February 19, 2011 at 11:45:14

siva_326 it is a misconception to think you can protect your data by a partition. It does not protect you from drive failure or virus infections.

As long as you save your data to a folder other than a system folder [users/documents and settings for example] you can repair the OS without affecting those folders containing your data.

None of this is in replacement of doing good backups.

This exercise is a complete waste of time imo and is based on practices no longer needed in todays computing due to the ability to repair the OS.

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February 19, 2011 at 12:05:10

Be sure to be using the AC adapter before starting to make the restore set.

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