|15 Oct 2012||#1|
Clean install windows 7 without recovery disks?
My HDD on my HP dm4 laptop recently started giving me problems. Initially I got a "Hard Drive not found error" or an "Please install an operating system" error. I thought this might be a loose connection with the hard drive so I opened the backside and made sure it wasn't. But it still started doing the same thing and started running very slow. So, I ran a few diagnostics and hard drive checks and it came up with a "303" error. When I googled it, I found out that its time for me to replace my HDD (its been only two years since I got this laptop). So I ordered a new one (WD 750 GB @7200 RPM. The one I have now is a 640 GB @7200 RPM) and once I get it I have to do a clean install. Fortunately, my school provides us with free windows software, which includes all the operating systems. So I am planning on getting the windows 7 pro. However, I don't have my recovery disks. I made them when I got my laptop first but I misplaced them somewhere when I moved. So I don't think I can find them. However, fortunately, I backed up my HDD last week. So when I clean install Windows 7, what should I do about the drivers? In other words, how much do I need the recovery disks? Please let me know. Thank you in advance. Also, I found this excellent tutorial by gregrocker: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 - which I plan on using.
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|16 Oct 2012||#3|
Hi Sneaky -
Follow the steps in the tutorial closely and you'll get and maintain a perfect reinstall.
You may not even need any drivers from the HP website as the installer is pretty complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Updates. So do all your Updates first and then see what's missing.
Let us know how it goes.
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