Transfer HP laptop Recovery partition to new larger HDD

March 30, 2012 at 13:55:50
Specs: Vista Home Premium, 2.2 GHz/2 GB
I have a friend's computer which is an HP Pavilion Laptop, DV9500. 2.2Ghz cpu, 120GB HDD, 2 GB DDR2 RAM using Vista Home Premium. He only has left free, 15GB on his HDD. He has a D partition with the Recovery program. Is it possible to install this Recovery partition unto a newly installed and bigger HDD so as to make his Laptop like Day one, only with a bigger HDD? I don't have enough space to create an image file of his system as it now stands. Herein lies my problem. Can anyone suggest the best and economical way to accomplish this task? Thanks. BTW, there are no recovery discs that came with this system.

OS: Windows 7 64bit/Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 64bit
CPU/Ram: E8500/8GB PC2-6400
Manufacturer/Model: AVA Direct / Built online


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#1
March 30, 2012 at 17:37:50
How does the owners manual suggest you create disks?

It may be possible to move the data. Sometimes you can use like clonezilla or dd or partimage or some tool like Ghost to move that data. The issue is more how the system allows you to access the data. Some let you use a F key at boot to allow the partition to boot. This is not always easy to replicate.

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#2
March 31, 2012 at 00:22:38
Buy a USB Adaptor for New Drive

Clone old drive to new drive (actually you will find that a 3rd hidden partition is sometimes on the drive to facilitate the Recovery that is why Cloning the entire drive is best)

Remove old drive, install new drive and that is it......

Easeus, Acronis and hard Drive Manufacturers provide software to undertake cloning, some are Freeware and very good.

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#3
March 31, 2012 at 15:59:01
Thanks guys. Looking into cloning software and adapter. Just curious. My Windows 7 64 bit disc came with a spare 32 bit disc in the same package. Could this 32 bit disc be used on his 32 bit laptop without any conflicts to my 64 bit installation on my own personal computer?

OS: Windows 7 64bit/Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 64bit
CPU/Ram: E8500/8GB PC2-6400
Manufacturer/Model: AVA Direct / Built online


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#4
March 31, 2012 at 17:37:48
Only one install is possible at a time. You choose between one of the two choices.

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#5
March 31, 2012 at 17:40:48
OK. Thanks. I guessed as much. Will continue with the cloning software suggestions. Thanks again to all.

OS: Windows 7 64bit/Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 64bit
CPU/Ram: E8500/8GB PC2-6400
Manufacturer/Model: AVA Direct / Built online


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