Solved W7 Recovery DVDs wont work on swapped HDD in new HP W7 PC

February 26, 2012 at 10:14:03
Specs: Windows 7, 6GB
BOUGHT A NEW HP PC AND IT CAME WITH A 1TB HDD. I BACKED UP MY SYSTEM ON 3 DVDS. I HAD A SMALLER 80GB HDD I WANTED TO PUT MY BACKED UP SYSTEM ON BUT WHEN REBOOTING WITH THE 80GB HDD AND RESTORE DISK #1 IN DVD DRIVE IT SAYS RESTORE CANT CONTINUE BECAUSE THE HDD IS SMALLER THAN THE 1TB THAT CAME WITH THE PC. HOW BIG A HDD DOES IT TAKE TO RUN WINDOWS 7 64-BIT?

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#1
February 26, 2012 at 10:29:51
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Those restore cd are of an "image of the hard drive" with all the properties of the original hard drive etc...so it can reproduce the exact image on the same size hard drive. To use those disks you either need a 1tb drive or larger or you must install using an actual O/S cd.

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#2
February 26, 2012 at 10:40:35
Please turn off the Caps Lock.

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#3
February 26, 2012 at 20:56:46
IF you are able to shrink the C drive partition to a bit less than 80GB then make the image of the drive, you should be able to restore it to the smaller drive, If not then you will need to reinstall from scratch.
Are you sure you really want to do this? Unless you are installing onto an SSD drive I cannot see the real reason for doing this. You can shrink the C drive partition down to between 120GB and 200GB for Windows and your programs and the rest of the drive for your files and be in better shape overall. If the 80GB drive is not an SSD then it probably is an older hard drive and is either an IDE drive or an early SATAII drive with a smaller cache than your 1GB drive which may very well be a SATAIII drive. Therefore using that hard drive would effectively hurt your Windows and overall system performance.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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