I have read many post about re-installing Windows 7 on a new hard drive with the Recovery media supplied by the manufacturer, in my case Acer. I made set of recovery discs immediately after starting my Aspire One AOD257 Netbook for the first time. I even shelled out $20.00 for an Official Acer Set of media.
What I do not understand is why I cannot makethis work. First you must know I replaced the Acer hard drive (250GB) with an OCZ SSD (120GB). I have an external USB DVD which I can boot from, this option is in my BIOS. I inserted disk one, and followed the boucing ball. After the 3rd disk, I removed it as instructed, reboot the Acer netbook going into the BIOS first and setting the boot order back to SSD 1st, but I get an error, no operating system.
I'd prefer a default factory reinstallation, with drivers
and apps, but if all else fails, I have a Universal Windows 7 32-bit Installation disk, and the activation keycode on the netbook. Before I give up on the factory re-installation to a new SSD, maybe I am doing something wrong. Do I need to create multiple partitions first? The Acer HDD had 3 partitions: 13GB Recovery partition, 100MB System Partition and 220GB Acer C: main Windows partition. All are healthy.
I have an Acer desktop with 6 SATA ports. I was wondering if I could do something using the desktop to facilitate getting my Windows 7 installation over to the SSD. I am thinking about booting from a CD with something other than Windows, and cloning. Would this create the 3 partitions of the SSD. Isn't this what a clone is, and exact copy of the source to the target? I have read that the newer cloning software can deal with the different size issue. Can anyone better explain this to me. I'd also like to know why the media I purchase from Acer won't install on a new disk drive?