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Windows 7: Win 7 to new hard drive

28 Mar 2011   #31

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

If this computer is still working and you can locate the dell recovery manager (may be called dell datasafe or something else, check under Start-All programs, should be there unless you have formatted the c: drive sometime), just create the recovery disks right now. You can use them to factory restore on the new hdd.

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28 Mar 2011   #32
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Here's what they're trying to tell you.

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media; if you can find an exact Windows version that the PC shipped with you can do a clean install using the activation key on the COA sticker attached to the PC though it may require a robo-call to MS to sort the OEM batch-key.

How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone

If you can't find an exact same version, you could use the info in this tutorial to create an "all versions" installer of any version Windows installer, to install using the same method I posted above.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

After you have made backups of everything you care to save, the best method is to do a complete wipe (secure erase) of the entire Hard Disk Drive first, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including all the old drivers/programs, giving you the best possible space to install Windows to.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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28 Mar 2011   #33

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit

New hard drive will be here this Friday and Dell is shipping me a new Windows 7 cd for free and that will be here in 2-3 days.

Thanks for all the help guys. Def will be coming back here if any issues arise in the future
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28 Mar 2011   #34
Microsoft MVP


If Dell actually sends you a Win7 Installation DVD rather than bloatware Recovery Disks, then you are a lucky guy since they stopped doing that on new shipped units last year.

Now you can get a perfect Win7 install without the factory bloatware or useless factory utilties which have better versions built into Win7: Reinstalling Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

If you get Recovery Disks, you can gradually clean up the factory bloatware to get better performance using these tips: Clean up factory bloatware
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28 Mar 2011   #35

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

It was a fair bit of effort but at least you have a solution.
I have a suspicion you will get factory recovery disks - even so you get them for free.
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28 Mar 2011   #36

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit

She said I will be getting 5 disks, I told them my hard drive failed and I need the Windows 7 disks for the new hard drive

Dell Customers can now request a set of backup discs containing the factory-installed operating system as well as the device drivers and utilities specific to your system.
  • Requests are limited to one (1) set of backup discs per system purchased.
  • The backup discs requested must match the operating system that was factory installed on the original order.
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