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Windows 7: Windows 7 Restore

17 Jul 2011   #1
Lery

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Windows 7 Restore

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.


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17 Jul 2011   #2
ace9062

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havent you got the recovey disk....the recovery disk can make your computer go back to the stage when you have made the recovery discs,,, as these discs are the system image only so both can help the system in the same manner
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17 Jul 2011   #3
theog

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17 Jul 2011   #4
Lery

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ace9062 View Post
havent you got the recovey disk....the recovery disk can make your computer go back to the stage when you have made the recovery discs,,, as these discs are the system image only so both can help the system in the same manner
Would this not be option 1 that I listed? While I am aware I can do that, I was concerned about the hard drives changing and it not working.

@theog, I will look at that. I know HP owns Compaq, but I do not remember seeing an HP recovery option. There is a Compaq recovery partition on the hard drive, that would be totally useless if the hard drive fails, obviously.
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17 Jul 2011   #5
theog

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AS your HD is going down, take care with the backup, as this could pickup bad files.
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17 Jul 2011   #6
Lery

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
AS your HD is going down, take care with the backup, as this could pickup bad files.

I have no files I need to recover. I just need to make sure I can recover the OS.
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