I hope that this is the correct forum to post this message in. Thank you for your time in reading this post.
Currently I have a computer (Compaq) desktop that was purchased in a store. As we know, these computers do not come with the full Windows 7 DVD/CD. I think it comes with more of a repair disk? I am not sure if it is called a repair disk or not, but I think you get the point?
When booting the desktop it gives a warning about a imminent hard drive failure. So while I diagnosis that, I was wondering about my restore options?
1) I can use the current Windows 7 operating system's backup feature to create a full restore disk/image. Instructions located on this site which I have reviewed. However, when/if I replace the hard drive, will this work to restore?
2) I can use a program like Macrium to create an image and then also use that to restore. However, when if/if I replace the hard drive, will this work to restore? HAL issues come to mind.
3) When/if I get a new hard drive, can I use the disk that came with the computer to reload the OS? I have concerns about it having a new hard drive, and not the original one.
4) Do I have to worry about HAL's with new hard drive?
I look forward to your help on this post, and thank you again for reading it.