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Windows 7: can I use Windows7 repair disk if hard drive is replaced?


14 Nov 2012   #1

windows 7 professional x64
 
 
can I use Windows7 repair disk if hard drive is replaced?

I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,

Tom

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14 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thomas1004 View Post
I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,

Tom
When you get the PC, it will have Windows on it just like when it was new. Using your Repair Disk would not put your settings or anything else that you had put on there. It is only for, well Repair. You will have to install all of your programs again.
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17 Nov 2012   #3

windows 7 professional x64
 
 
I sort of expected it would be a no go

Thanks for the response bigmck. It was a stretch to think a repair disk would restore an image. I do have a data backup so maybe I can get some files back, and I had one file on Dropbox (as a test) and I'll be using that app a bit more.

And if I can create images or restore points to external storage, I'll be trying that.

Thanks again for your help.

Regards,
Tom
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17 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thomas1004 View Post
Thanks for the response bigmck. It was a stretch to think a repair disk would restore an image. I do have a data backup so maybe I can get some files back, and I had one file on Dropbox (as a test) and I'll be using that app a bit more.

And if I can create images or restore points to external storage, I'll be trying that.

Thanks again for your help.

Regards,
Tom
You should get an externam HD for your backups. This is a good one for the system images Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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