I have Dell laptop Win7 that was hanging on boot including in all safe modes so i did factory reset which went fine but afterwards still hung on boot. fast forword a few days and found out the hard drive was bad. Went to order another of the same model but was out of stock so i just found another (Seagate) with exact same specs and im waiting for it to arrive in the mail. Originally i planned on just putting fresh copy of Win7 via disc but after awhile i got to thinking about just copying the recovery data off the old hard drive to the new one and just installing a fresh copy via that way. I plugged the old hard drive up externaly to my desktop and it pops right up but oddly enough all i see is the recovery data. Honestly, i was expecting to see it it pop up under removable storage on my desktop under "Computer" listed "F:" which it did but once i clicked on it further i expected to see the typical file system intact like folders such as Program Files, Program Files x86,Users,Windows etc.. and then assumed the actual partition with the recovery data on it would be hidden and since i had just recently did a factory reset i wasnt expecting to see all my old but i figured i would at least see a fresh windows install but instead, soon as i open "F:" up all i see is what looks to be the recovery data right there in plain sight and nothing else.. Now, i know i can just simply copy n paste that data over to the new hard drive once it comes in but what i really want to do is put that data on a hidden partition on the new hard drive and pop it in the laptop and just reboot to factory reset from there putting a fresh copy of windows on it that way and keep me from having to go download drivers,antivirus,updates and all that crap. does anyone know how i can go about doing this ?
BTW, A few years back i had this HP laptop that had all of its partitions deleted for some reason including the recovery. I remember buying a set of disc for like $20 that actually put the recovery partition back on it and then i just did a factory reset from there and had a fresh copy but i couldnt find any from dell.
Edited by hamluis, 15 April 2015 - 03:59 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.