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Windows 7: Hard Drive Failing

15 Sep 2015   #1
grandpamike

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Hard Drive Failing

Recently, I have gotten the message, Winodws detected a hard disk problem
Back up your files imm to prevent loss, and then contact the comp manufacture to determine if u have to repair or replace the disk. What I have done is, create a disc image on an external HD, and also d/l and created Gateway Recovery Disc <3 discs> and the Gateway apps and drivers disc. Where I am confused is, whe the drive finally goes, and I install a new HD, how do I use the image and discs I have to enable the new drive to be able to boot up into Windows 7, which I think would be there by virtue of what I have collected <image + recovery discs>. The question I have is, what would be the correct sequence of getting the OS and all the files needed to enable the drive to work correctly. I am sorry if I am not explaining this correctly, but maybe someone can give me nformation on how to do this.

Thanks in advance.


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15 Sep 2015   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

If you used the built-in Win 7 program to create your system image, you should use the built-in program to create a repair disk. You can boot from the repair disk to restore the system image you created.

You actually don't need the Gateway Recovery discs, if you use them to recover your system it will be restored back to the way it was when it left the factory. The system image will restore your system back to the way it was the day you made the image.
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15 Sep 2015   #3
grandpamike

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I used a program from Macrium called ReflectFree, the question was, in the image of the drive I made contain the OS as well as all of the files, programs drivers etc ?
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15 Sep 2015   #4
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grandpamike View Post
I used a program from Macrium called ReflectFree, the question was, in the image of the drive I made contain the OS as well as all of the files, programs drivers etc ?
Yes. The image that Reflect makes is an exact image of your disk, complete with OS, Programs, drivers, etc...

Within the Reflect program there should be the ability to create a boot disk which you can use to boot the computer in order to do the restore.
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15 Sep 2015   #5
grandpamike

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Yes it does have a restore, but where I am confused is, when I replace the HD, how do I get the image I backed up onto the new drive ? When I start it, does it look for an OS and if it cannot find one does it give me some type of instruction on how to migrate the image I made to the new HD.?
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16 Sep 2015   #6
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

You need to make a bootable disk. Look under "Other Tasks" on the Menu of Reflect, there is an option "Create Rescue Media". That option will help you create a bootable CD that you can use to boot from and do the restore in the event that you are unable to boot from the hard drive in your machine.
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16 Sep 2015   #7
grandpamike

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

It may be too late for that. Woke up this AM, and had the following: Restarted, and the monitor just kept flicking, no loading.Tried another restart, with a different monitor, and got the opening Gateway Logo, then nothing, just stopped working. I assume that this is due to a complete HD crash.


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16 Sep 2015   #8
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Bummer. You may still be able to recover the image to a new hdd. Use the Gateway discs to restore the system back to factory, then install Reflect, create the Rescue Media, then boot from the Rescue Media and restore your image.
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16 Sep 2015   #9
grandpamike

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Well, here is what I just got on startup:

Reboot select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key

Which I think is the drive is completely gone as it cannot boot into C:
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16 Sep 2015   #10
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Since you need to replace your hdd, consider replacing it with an ssd and you will get a nice performance boost.

One you get the new drive installed, follow my instructions above to be able to restore the image. You will need the new drive to be as large or larger than the original drive.
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