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How do I reinstall windows to a new hard drive without cd?


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#1 ksinley

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 04:43 PM

Hello, my computer keeps alerting me that my hard drive might be failing and theres an issue with it.  After doing a system test on the HDD, it said it failed the test, so i think my hard drive is going bad.  So I am wanting to reinstall windows 7 to a new drive, which I plan to get an SSD.  I have never done this so I am not sure what steps to take and how to merge windows from my old drive to my new drive.  I have the windows key and such.  I can do a clean install as I backed up everything i want to back up from it.  

 

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WIndows 7 Home premium
8 GB Ram
I5-3210M processor
750 GB HDD
17 inch screen
 
 
I plan to go from a 750 GB HDD to a 500 GB SSD


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 04:53 PM

Hi,

 

Please Open Disk manager and take a screen shoot, post in your reply.

To Open Disk Manager
- click Start
- on the search box type diskmgmt.msc
- click diskmgmt.msc on the search results to open the Disk Manager
- expand the window to show all drives and blocks then take a picture


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 04:54 PM

See this post.  Since you have Home Premium, make sure you get the same Windows version.  Also, make sure the architecture is the same, i.e. 64-bit or 32-bit.



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:02 PM

SleepyDude: 

here is the image  http://prntscr.com/avmp3p

 

Agouti:

ok i will check it out,  thank you :) 



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:06 PM

You have an HP machine? post the exact model.

 

There is a restore partition oh the HDD and probably a program to create Rescue DVD's that can be used to reinstall the machine to factory state on a new HDD.


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:10 PM

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:13 PM

I think this link: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01867124 apply to your machine


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:20 PM

ok, I will see what i can do with the given information i got,  thanks :)  once i find a solution, i will try to post it here on what i did.



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:28 PM

ok, I will see what i can do with the given information i got,  thanks :)  once i find a solution, i will try to post it here on what i did.

 

Despite the path you choose is always recommended to have the Rescue Disks.

 

One example, in case of doubts about an possible hardware problem restoring to factory settings is a reliable way to find if the problem is hardware or software related.


Edited by SleepyDude, 22 April 2016 - 05:28 PM.

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:30 PM

yea i am doing the rescue disk first, so i have it.  I think that is all i will need actually and what i am looking for :)






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