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New Laptop Hard Drive Question

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by addyca2005, Apr 7, 2008.

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  1. addyca2005

    addyca2005 Thread Starter

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    :rolleyes: I hope I am posting this in the right forum, if not somebody please tell me what forum I should be posting on.

    Anyway, my question is:

    I just purchased a used laptop computer that has a bad hard drive & have done a backup so I have my recovery/backup disks.

    I will be purchasing a new hard drive for the laptop & need to know if I can just install the recovery/backup disks on it so that I have the same stuff on the new hard drive that I had on the bad one, or do I need to do something else?

    Any & all help will be appreciated & thanks to anyone replying :confused:
     
  2. JSanguancheu

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    Well, ideally you should be able to install the new HDD, insert the Recovery CD and bootup the laptop.
    It should then walk you through the steps to format the HDD and install the OS and whatever other software came with the laptop. Then you can copy the data from your backup CDs to the HDD as needed.

    What make / model laptop is it?
     
  3. Rich-M

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    I am not sure if I am reading this right but if you want to copy the old drive to the new drive a Ghost or Acronis True Image program should do that for you with no problem.
     
  4. addyca2005

    addyca2005 Thread Starter

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    JSanguancheu -
    Does the new Hard drive have to be formated? And do you have to install an operating system, or will the recovery disks install the complete operating system alone? I am being told elsewhere that the new hard drive does not have to be formated & a new os doesn't have to be installed, that the recovery disks contain all of what I need. I don't believe the people that are telling me that, so I need your further input.
     
  5. Rich-M

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    Recovery disks from mfgr should install operating system format and partition so you would not have to do that yourself.
     
  6. JSanguancheu

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    If the recovery CD is from a major manufacturer like HP, Dell, Sony, or Toshiba it should install the operating system, hardware drivers and any other software that was included with the laptop.

    You shouldn't need to format or partition the new HDD manually.
     
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