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Using recover CD with new harddrive

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#1 Bobo845


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Posted 14 August 2014 - 09:39 PM

I had a Seagate hard drive fail in a Gateway all in one computer.  I do have the windows recover disk that were made when the computer was purchased.  I realize I will lose all data but if I purchase a new drive will the restore disc work properly?  Is this an easy fix?

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#2 ElfBane


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Posted 15 August 2014 - 03:23 AM

I would say yes. Make sure you set your boot order to boot from the optical drive. Then the CD should load up and offer the OS installation process. You may also need the PCs driver disk when/if the install process asks for it.


Also, when you get to the Windows Activation process, it may complain about the HDD change... in that case you will need to call the provided toll-free number in order to activate the OS.

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 03:29 AM

Hi Bobo845, by replacing the hard drive with a new one and using the created recovery disc, yes it will work. There are a number of youtube videos or online tutorials hits depending on your AIO computer model that would guide you in achieving this. The created disc are meant to preserved your OEM copy of Windows for reinstalling in case the hard drive goes south. By the way, :welcome: to BC Community. :)


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