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Windows 7: Replaced laptop hard drive, need restore partition

20 Dec 2014   #1
lenberman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Replaced laptop hard drive, need restore partition

I replaced the hard drive on my Lenovo G585 laptop and I'd like to include a restore partition. I already created a 25GB partition but how do I include a file to restore an image of my fresh system?


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20 Dec 2014   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

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20 Dec 2014   #3
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Having an Lenovo you could use Onekey ... Always better to backup to an External Drive though ...
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20 Dec 2014   #4
lenberman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your answers but I want to install a copy of my drive in it's newly installed condition. I have loaded drivers and programs that I don't want to install manually again.
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20 Dec 2014   #5
mdd1963

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It's fundamentally a better idea to use an image on a separate drive anyway, as if your hard drive actually fails, it is of little comfort having a restore partition on the same physical drive.
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20 Dec 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lenberman View Post
Thanks for your answers but I want to install a copy of my drive in it's newly installed condition. I have loaded drivers and programs that I don't want to install manually again.
But not on the same disk. What will you do when the disk goes south. Make images to an external disk.

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21 Dec 2014   #7
gregrocker

 

Did you use a Recovery disk or image to recover the new drive? If not then you'll have no Recovery partition and as suggested should save your backup image to another drive in case the HD fails again.

Absent recovery media you will get a much better install anyway by doing Clean Reinstall Windows 7 with the Product Key from the COA sticker on the PC. Everything needed is in the blue link including the Win7 installation media for your licensed version.
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