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#1 Negotron

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 03:21 PM

I bought a new hard drive but I been wondering if I'm going to be able to install windows 7 on it since my system came with it pre-installed. I'm going to remove my current drive and replace it with a new one and I made recovery discs with the system I have now but under notes this is what I read "If you restore the system from DVD to the original hard disk without any re-configuration, the hidden partition will be retained. If you recover on a brand new hard disk instead of the old one, the Gateway Recovery Management partition will no longer exist. The backup discs created by Gateway Recovery Management will work better with the optical drive that came with your machine. They may not work as well in other optical drive".

 

So im worried that when I do this something will not work and im not sure what I should do in this case.



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 03:26 PM

If your current HD is Ok just in need of replacement I would clone it onto the new one, that will be you easiest path.  That being said if you have a valid COA sticker you can down load a new copy of 7.


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 03:33 PM

It has to be valid I guess but I went to the Microsoft site to try and download windows 7 iso and after putting in the key from the COA sticker it said it was pre installed and to contact gateway in this case.

If your current HD is Ok just in need of replacement I would clone it onto the new one, that will be you easiest path.  That being said if you have a valid COA sticker you can down load a new copy of 7.



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 03:48 PM

Then I would clone the old to the new, doing that will allow you to use your recovery software should the need arise.

 

Macrium free will do the job.   http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 03:57 PM

Well my problem is that im not sure the current hard drive is okay I know its about to fail at any moment.

 

Here is a link to give u an idea of the problems. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/569579/logged-in-with-a-temporary-profile-windows-7/#entry3649599

Then I would clone the old to the new, doing that will allow you to use your recovery software should the need arise.

 

Macrium free will do the job.   http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:11 PM

If you can get it up and running I would try the recovery software you made, you don't have much to lose.  If it does help do the clone then run it on the new drive you may come out Ok.


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 04:23 PM

If you can get it up and running I would try the recovery software you made, you don't have much to lose.  If it does help do the clone then run it on the new drive you may come out Ok.

 

Yeah that seems to be the route to go ill give it a shot thanks. I do have one question though since its the first time I clone a hard drive, Macrium free will do a imaging of what exactly? I see that it will not backup files and folders which is okay but what exactly is a fast imaging? Would that have windows 7 on it so that if I have to use will it work?



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Posted 24 March 2015 - 10:30 PM

It'll create an exact copy (image) of that drive assuming the new drive has enough space.  So it's essentially becoming exactly like your old drive with the data but new hardware.  You would need another computer to clone the drive, I don't think it can clone a Running OS someone verify this with me plz.  So after cloning/imaging with the appropriate software, once it finishes hook the new drive up, and if it works voila should be like old or new if I should say  :lmao:

 

Alternative Method through Windows

http://www.pagestart.com/win7bckuprstrnhd072610.html


Edited by illestrate, 24 March 2015 - 10:35 PM.





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