will Win7 HP recovery disc work on a new HDD?

September 19, 2011 at 01:09:17
Specs: Windows 7
I want to buy a new hard drive, but im not sure if my recovery disc's will work if i change the hardware.. I created them with HP recovery manager. Is is possible to do so, or do i have to buy a new windows 7?

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September 19, 2011 at 04:32:44
It should work with just a new hard drive. I don't see a problem as long as the original hardware, minus the drive, is the same.

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September 19, 2011 at 04:36:21
Yes, they should work as far as installing Windows, your drivers and probably a few basic programs HP feels you need, but you will need to reinstall other programs from original install media and your files from back up. Make a back up of your files anyway before you begin but if the hard drive is still usable then you should use the software included with your new hard drive (or download/burn CD) to clone your old hard drive over to the new hard drive and that will bring over everything at once. If you are going to a larger hard drive then you will probably need to use disk manager after that to make use of the rest of the hard drive by allocating the remaining space and formatting it. The easiest would be to make another drive out of the remaining space and Windows will probably call it E or F drive. Windows will also let you expand the C drive to use all of the space except that you probably have a D recovery drive that will occupy the spot between the c drive and the remaining space, in this probable case Windows cannot make one continuous drive. If this is what you really want you can use 3rd party software to 'Move' or 'Slide' the D partition to the end of the drive and then expand the C drive (Disk manager can then do this if you like. As with all partitioning and formatting there is some risk so backup your data and remember you have the original hard drive also to fall back on until/unless you wipe it. You can of course just go with the first option and use the recovery disk and partition/format the entire drive and install that way.

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September 19, 2011 at 05:38:17
Did you have to create 4-5 DVDs? You should be able to use them on an "virgin" HDD, but you will be stuck with all the HP garbage software that came prebundled with your system. If it's desktop system, why don't you just leave the OS intact & install a 2nd HDD for storage?

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September 19, 2011 at 18:22:15
There are two types of DVD's
One can recover that even if you replace the HD.
The other can't, it needs files on the old hard drive.

Good news is you should be OK in either case. Almost every hard drive maker offers some way to clone drives. Even if you wanted a new install or old install you should be OK.

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