The backup image is an BigDrive (F) isn't it? YES
Did you make an macrium image of C, system reserved and recovery?
I believe I did.=>open the image(s) in macrium reflect and you seee what's in it. Partition recovery isn't necessary anymore.
Does this mean I don't have to make a partition in the new disc to put the restored image?=>bigdrive has a partition with the image file(s) already on it. It also has a lot of unallocated space. Restore the image(s) to the unallocated space as told you before
- connect new disk to same connector as old disk. (not really necessary I think)
I can do that but why would it not be necessary? You mean just do it when it's connected to the usb enclosure? =>just to be sure it boots from the new disk after restoration. new disk may not be external if you try to boot from it. Windows 7 cannot boot from usb drive!
I can do all that -- good explanation and thank you. I'm starting to think though that I want to do a clean install as described elsewhere on this forum. I am just so upset with HP that my 1-year-old computer has a failing hard drive
- Boot from macriurm recovery CD. Be sure it is the WINPE version!! Only winpe version can resize on restore. And can put it on another place.
- reserved" first. Put in in the unallocated space. A 100MB partition appears
and I don't want any of their software near my computer anymore.
When I called them they said they'd be happy to put in a new hard drive for me if I'd ship my computer to them and pay $350 plus $60 for the hard drive. That's no help at all since with shipping costs I can almost buy a new computer at that price.
As a single working mother I don't have the time or money for yearly computer fixes or a new purchase. This is the first and last HP computer I'll ever purchase. => just do the restore.. it's quite simple and fast