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Laptop HD Replace - Recover Files on Old HD


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#1 LittleGreenDots

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 01:24 PM

 I have a Lenovo laptop computer and might need to replace the hard drive.  I did not get a Windows disk with this computer.  The Windows recovery is stored on a partition on my HD.  Is there a way I can transfer it onto a new HD?  Can I transfer the files to a Flash Drive and then to the new HD?  If so, will I need additional drivers specific for my laptop?

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 01:43 PM

If the old drive still worked to some extent and the recovery partition did not contain corrupt sectors you could potentially clone the old drive to the new one with clonezilla or some other clone software you chose. If the old hard drive does not work at all or has too many corrupt/bad sectors, you will likely need to reload windows from restore media (you can usually order from lenovo) with restore media specifically for your computer you should not need to get drivers. If you can not get restore media you will need to reload windows from an OEM windows disc that matches the type on your license (probably located on the bottom of the computer) you will also need the 25 digit key to activate when installed.


Edited by zingo156, 31 January 2014 - 01:43 PM.

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