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Windows 7: How do i transfer OEM Sony Recovery Partition into new hard drive?

28 Jun 2013   #1
aidura

Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
 
 
How do i transfer OEM Sony Recovery Partition into new hard drive?

Hi Guys,

I bought a sony vaio laptop VPCYB15AG in 2011(only 1 year warranty). Few days ago everytime when i switch on or restart my machine a message will pop up saying "smart hard disk failure, please consider to backup your files", press ESC to continue". Then it will load to desktop as normal.

I have called sony service center in my area to change the new hard disk, but the price are too expensive.
I want to know if i can just buy the new internal hard disk brand Hitachi or others from computer hardware shops to replace the broken hard disk? if yes, do i need to get the same hard disk brand? (hitachi)? Can you guys give some brands/model that suit my laptop model?

I also want to know can i keep/transfer the OEM Win 7 starter,pre installed softwares and recovery partition into the new hard disk?
I just want to change the new hard disk but keep everything else that comes with OEM from sony including the recovery partition.
I have created the recovery disks.

Please help me guys, and pardon me for my bad english.


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28 Jun 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Yes you can install any 2.5" HDD - any make and any size.

2. Best is to make an image of all partitions of your current HDD to an external disk. Then you can restore these partitions to the new HDD. You can try Windows 7 imaging but I would recommend free Macrium.

Imaging with free Macrium
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28 Jun 2013   #3
aidura

Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
 
 

Ok, im planning to get Western Digital 2.5" HDD 500GB, is it ok?

Right now my current OEM HDD have 3 partitions:
1. Recovery partition 9.42gb
2. System Reserved 100mb
3. (C) 288.57bg

I have a external HDD 55.88gb (D) right now with me.

Do i need to make an image of all 3 partitions of my current HDD to an external disk using Macrium?

Then how do i restore restore these partitions into new HDD? Please show me how to do it
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28 Jun 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. The WD HDD is as good as any

2. Your external HDD is not big enough to image all 3 partitions. You should have a 320GB external disk - at least. Otherwise we'll first have to reduce the size of C. How much data is on C.

3. If you study the tutorial I have linked, you will see a link to another tutorial in the 'Information' block at the beginning that explains the recovery process. It has narratives but no sound.

4. To start the recovery, you will need the WinPE CD. You can download the .iso for that CD from my Skydrive site. That saves you 2 hours of work. Burn this .iso to a CD and boot the PC with that CD for the recovery.

I suggest you carefully study the tutorials. That may lead to new questions.

PS: I will be out for the next 6 hours but will be back then.
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28 Jun 2013   #5
aidura

Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
 
 

Can i just use the sony recovery discs that i created to recover the OEM win 7 and others sony pre installed softwares after i change the new HDD?
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28 Jun 2013   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aidura View Post
Can i just use the sony recovery discs that i created to recover the OEM win 7 and others sony pre installed softwares after i change the new HDD?
Yes, you can use the Sony recovery DVD's.
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28 Jun 2013   #7
aidura

Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aidura View Post
Can i just use the sony recovery discs that i created to recover the OEM win 7 and others sony pre installed softwares after i change the new HDD?
Yes, you can use the Sony recovery DVD's.

That's good.
So after i install new internal HDD, what i need to do is just to boot from optical drive to use the sony recovery disc right? that's all yes?
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30 Jun 2013   #8
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

If your goal is to "restore" the Sony image to the new internal drive, there is no need to "install" it first.

Simply connect up that drive, boot from the Sony recovery DVDs and run their restore. That will format the drive automatically and reinstall Windows.

But ... the Recovery Disks most likely will NOT have any of your apps, settings, or data on them. I've not use Sony recovery DVDs, but unless when you made them, you were given an option to back off ALL of your Win7 install, the only thing they will do is restore your drive to the shape it was in when you first used it -- meaning, all the apps, settings, and data you added since then will be gone.

My own preference would be to use MR to image off the entire drive -- but if you don't have a large enough external drive to hold a compressed image of your internal drive, that can't be done.
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01 Jul 2013   #9
aidura

Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
If your goal is to "restore" the Sony image to the new internal drive, there is no need to "install" it first.

Simply connect up that drive, boot from the Sony recovery DVDs and run their restore. That will format the drive automatically and reinstall Windows.

But ... the Recovery Disks most likely will NOT have any of your apps, settings, or data on them. I've not use Sony recovery DVDs, but unless when you made them, you were given an option to back off ALL of your Win7 install, the only thing they will do is restore your drive to the shape it was in when you first used it -- meaning, all the apps, settings, and data you added since then will be gone.

My own preference would be to use MR to image off the entire drive -- but if you don't have a large enough external drive to hold a compressed image of your internal drive, that can't be done.


Thanks for your info, but i only have 50gb external drive.

I want to know if this possible..

1. Can i transfer my current HDD partitions, Recovery partition 9.42gb
and System Reserved 100mb to my external HDD? if yes, how do i do this?

2. Once i install new internal HDD, i just boot from optical drive with recovery disc inside and complete the
recovery process into new HDD. Can i do this?

3. My current Sony Vaio VPCYB15AG HDD model is Hitachi HTS545032B9SA00 Sata Disk 320GB, 5400rpm.
I plan to buy this hitachi HDD model : Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B 2.5 inch 500GB Hard Disk (HTS545050B9A300) : Buy Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B 2.5 inch 500GB Hard Disk (HTS545050B9A300) shipping from Malaysia - ipmart.com

I want to know if this HDD model compatible with my laptop model? I heard if non compatible HDD install the recovery disc will not work.


For your info i don't need all the datas and programs in my current HDD now, already backups them all and format my laptop to factory setting, so my laptop its new like when i first buy it.

I just want to know how to transfer recovery and reserved partitions into new HDD so i can use it with the new HDD.
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01 Jul 2013   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64 Linux Mint 17 x64
 
 

Better to make or order recovery dvd`s , that way you can use your entire new hard drive for windows 7 and your data.

Best to ask the manufacturer if it`s compatible.
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