Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:44 PM
Gateway SX2802-01 Desktop running Win 7 64-bit. My HD is about to go. Lots of noises. Intel Matrix Storage Console reporting SMART error.
I have backed up all my files and documents. Under Computer Management, under Disk Management, my disc shows three partitions. One is 13 GB (Recovery Partition), 100 MB (System Reserve), and then my main C: which is 684 GB.
I did a full recovery using Gateway software (wipes everything and does a fresh install). Didn't fix the HD problem. So I used Gateways recovery program to create recovery DVDs(took 3 DVDs). However, instructions say that if I buy a new hard drive, I won't have the Recovery Partitions that exist on the current drive.
I'm looking for advice on how to proceed. I know I'm going to buy a new HD. I'm just wondering how to get the same exact partitions that I currently have. If that's not possible, what is the best way to start with the new HD?