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Windows 7: How do i transfer OEM Sony Recovery Partition into new hard drive?

01 Jul 2013   #11

Windows 7 Starter 32-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Better to make or order recovery dvd`s , that way you can use your entire new hard drive for windows 7 and your data.

Best to ask the manufacturer if it`s compatible.
As i said i already have/created the recovery dics/dvd....

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19 Nov 2014   #12

windows 7 64 bit


My sony VAIO HDD also crashed....are you able to install the new HDD in VAIO through recovery disc... please guide.. so that i can try for replacment at home only. Sony service centre is too expensive for the same
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19 Nov 2014   #13
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

are you able to install the new HDD in VAIO through recovery disc
That actually depends on what's contained on the "recovery" disk.

Unfortunately, there are two kinds and the OEMs tend to be somewhat vague on labeling each.

The first is a CD that is used to boot the PC into some kind of recovery mode, at which point it searches for a Recovery partition containing the compressed Windows image file, and if found and not damaged, starts the recovery process.

The second is a DVD (or set of disks) that contain the image files needed to do a full system restore. They generally reformat the entire drive, repartition it, and then proceed to reinstall the OEM Windows version from scratch.

If you have the first kind, and your drive crashed, you can't do a full system restore because the Recovery partition is probably damaged, as well.

If you have the second kind, you can restore the Windows image onto a new drive.
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19 Nov 2014   #14

windows 7 64 bit

unfortunately not...i think my recovery disks pertains to first type what you had mentioned.....
what is the way forward now. Is it possible to clone a old hdd with the new one ? However my old hdd is working but it had lot of bad sectors in it.....i such a situation can i clone the same.

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20 Nov 2014   #15

windows 7 64 bit

also I had recovery paririon easily accessible in my old drive as of now...but how can I use the same to replace old hdd with new one..please advise
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