complete operating system not on disk from Gateway

December 1, 2012 at 22:25:58
Specs: Windows vista, 240
I had to install a new hard drive in my Gateway MD7818u laptop and decided to go to a 750gb rather than a 500gb. After doing the installation, I loaded the System disk and then the 2 recovery disk and after restarting, I got an error message stating windows could not be found. OS is Vista. I called Gateway and was told I needed to download a file on another computer to burn to a cd and use to format the new HD. I did this and started again with the installation. Again, it failed so I called Gateway or might I say Answer It who handles support for Gateway and Acer. I was told that the disk I received with the laptop for the OS was not a complete OS and that I would have to either purchase a complete licensed OS such as Windows 7 Professional or go back to a 500gb hd. Do you have any suggestions?

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December 2, 2012 at 02:24:53
Have a look/search in your 500gb HDD & lets us know if you have i386, about 500mb in size.

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December 2, 2012 at 04:02:31
All you need is the license key on the side of your computer to install Vista. See if you can borrow some ones full disk, just use your "key". Vista and Win 7 come in 32 bit and 64bit, (most are 64bit), but you should find out which you had.

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December 3, 2012 at 13:32:13
i386 is a folder not a file and is much larger than 500mb since it contains the installation files.

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December 3, 2012 at 14:48:26
"i386 is a folder not a file"

"much larger than 500mb since it contains the installation files"
It varies, here is my mine.

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December 9, 2012 at 15:22:34
I don't see why the recovery disk wouldn't be complete. Beside borrowing a copy of the same edition of Vista, another way at this is to clone the old drive if it is still working well enough for that. Even if you could get the recovery partition, if there is one, you would be in business. You could hook the drive up to the laptop and use a linux boot disk to do the cloning.

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