I just booted up from the disc with only the old drive connected. It DOES allow you to attempt a factory default restore on the old drive. Is this because there is a recovery partition?
Yes, I think that is the case. I suspect that the "recovery disk" that you made originally, will only enable you to boot from it to access an existing "factory restore" recovery partition on the hard drive
. Hence, no joy trying to use it with the new hard drive!
Do not concern yourself with partitioning/formatting the new hard drive. That is not of any relevance at this time.
Have you in any way tested the old "defective" hard drive to find out whether or not there is actually anything wrong with it, and if so what exactly is wrong with it? Please tell us what brand/model this old hard drive is.
At this stage I can see just two options for you:
- Order recovery/re-installation disks from Gateway for your particular system. (This is a commonly used solution)
- Clone the old hard drive to the new hard drive and then, on the new hard drive, use the "factory restore" partition to re-install the operating system. (I have done this a number of times.)
I tend to see option #1 as being the easiest choice for you.