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Replaced Hard Drive/Reinstalling Win7 - Gateway NV53A eRecovery?


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#1 poetryblue

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 02:40 PM

I'm currently using a Gateway NV53A laptop as a backup while my main gets worked on. It's not in the greatest shape. The screen was smashed but it works okay with an external monitor. I also had to replace the hard drive. I used a HD from another laptop I don't use to see if it would work without having to buy a new one and it did.
 
Now I'm thinking of wiping the hard drive and starting fresh by reinstalling Win7. Big problem though, I don't have a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium on hand. I can order a recovery disc from Gateway which is much cheaper than buying the OS, but will I have problems because I replaced the HD?

Edited by hamluis, 03 October 2013 - 09:55 AM.
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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:03 AM

If you swapped the drive between PC's, reinstalling the OS is usually required for stability, you also need to reactivate Windows to get it to work properly.  If the recovery disc Gateway sends is an OS image, you should be good but Gateway may assume you are going to try and reuse your old product activation key and not send you a new one.  If the recovery disc does nothing but access some kind of hidden recovery partition on the drive, you may have issues as the drive was replaced.


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