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Windows 7: Acer recovery partition, moving it from HDD to SSD

02 Dec 2011   #1
fANAT1C

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Acer recovery partition, moving it from HDD to SSD

hello guys

yesterday I ordered a Crucial M4 128 Solid State Drive. I want to use it in my laptop as a bootdisk for my Windows (my laptop has 2 hard drive slots). My old hard drive came with an Acer recovery partition. My question is simple (I hope the solution is also simple): how do I move the recovery partition from my old hard drive to the Solid State Drive? All the necessary drivers are on the recovery partition, which is the main reason I want to have it on my SSD.

EDIT: will I lose the functionality of restoring my laptop when pressing ALT+F10 on boot?

thanks in advance.


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02 Dec 2011   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fANAT1C View Post
hello guys

yesterday I ordered a Crucial M4 128 Solid State Drive. I want to use it in my laptop as a bootdisk for my Windows (my laptop has 2 hard drive slots). My old hard drive came with an Acer recovery partition. My question is simple (I hope the solution is also simple): how do I move the recovery partition from my old hard drive to the Solid State Drive? All the necessary drivers are on the recovery partition, which is the main reason I want to have it on my SSD.

EDIT: will I lose the functionality of restoring my laptop when pressing ALT+F10 on boot?

thanks in advance.
If you move or copy the recovery partition to a new drive. there is a good possibility that you will lose the alt+f10 recovery option.

What you might do is to create an image of your C drive on an external disk by using any one of the free imaging software programs or a commercial one like I use which is Acronis, which works great.

Rich
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02 Dec 2011   #3
gregrocker

 

You don't need to copy your Recovery partition which won't boot anyway if moved. Instead make your Recovery Disks which are used to Factory Recover to a new HD or SSD. Acer Support: Recovery media and Restoring a system to factory load

If these fail for any reason you can always use a Win7 installation DVD to get a superior clean reinstall with the Product Key on your COA sticker. This is how to get it perfect: Reinstalling Windows 7
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03 Dec 2011   #4
fANAT1C

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
If you move or copy the recovery partition to a new drive. there is a good possibility that you will lose the alt+f10 recovery option.

What you might do is to create an image of your C drive on an external disk by using any one of the free imaging software programs or a commercial one like I use which is Acronis, which works great.

Rich
I used Acronis True Image Home in the past to create images of my system, but if I install it on a hard disk (SSD in my case) will it work? As my SSD is only 128 GB and my previous hard disk is 500 GB. The Acronis .tib image included my recovery partition just fine... the only problem I thought would be that the size of my SSD won't match the size of my 500 GB hard disk and thus won't work.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You don't need to copy your Recovery partition which won't boot anyway if moved. Instead make your Recovery Disks which are used to Factory Recover to a new HD or SSD. Acer Support: Recovery media and Restoring a system to factory load

If these fail for any reason you can always use a Win7 installation DVD to get a superior clean reinstall with the Product Key on your COA sticker. This is how to get it perfect: Reinstalling Windows 7
Well I am now on a clean Windows installation, I have downloaded a Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM version (via torrent) with the idea to activate it with the product key on the underside of my laptop. But Windows Activation tells me that my product key is wrong? I also called Microsoft and they said they can't help me after several tries. I have bought this laptop with an original Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM serial. I have 29 days left to activate Windows.
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03 Dec 2011   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

No need for torrent downloads.

How to use a OEM manufacturer's Product Key (COA) to clean install:
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
If you use the tutorial above,I would obtain a Windows 7 installer from a good source like:



Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 ISO


English x64: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58997.iso


For other languages, you can download from here:
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
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03 Dec 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

There's no reason it should not activate if you're using the licensed version and inputting the correct characters - it's easy to mistype one so triple-check.

If you can't get it to activate, use the official Win7 ISO download Theog links above.
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03 Dec 2011   #7
fANAT1C

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

okay guys, I will try any of the above methods and post my experiences here. thanks for all your help

see you soon!
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01 Feb 2017   #8
expedio

Windows 7 home premium, Windows 7 Pro
 
 

I realize this response is years later, but someone may be in a similar boat these days or in the future.

YOU CAN TRANSFER THE ACER RECOVERY SETUP TO A NEW DRIVE. 

I had to recently 'fix' my Mother in laws laptop where the drive seemed to be irrecoverably damaged in the area used by the OS partition (preventing boot and even chkdsk from being successful... but allowing some files to be read when mounted externally, and the recovery partition(s) were readable. Chosen answer was to replace the damaged drive with a new one, and may as well go SSD in the process.

The original ACER laptop drive had 3 partitions – 2 normally not mounted [a] 100MB, [b] 14GB, and 1 mounted for [c] the normal OS /boot partition (size using the remainder of the 500GB drive). Due to the damage I was unable to completely clone the old drive to the new one, but *was* able to clone the two unmounted and undamaged partitions to the new drive - effectively transferring the ACER recovery setup and then successfully using it to re-install the OS and factory settings on the new drive via the Alt-F10 approach once re-installed in the laptop. Subsequently personal files need to be restored and applications re-installed of course, but that was doable.

Here are some observations:

• Partition Order: The *order* of the partitions on the new drive must match the order on the original ACER drive. I first did the cloning out of order and although the ATL-F10 did start the recovery process it targeted the wrong partition to install the OS on and could not proceed (nor change the target partition). I’m guessing that the target partition is always the next one after the recovery partition accessed via ALT-F10 so ORDER DOES MATTER. If you do it wrong, then delete the new partitions and start again. I think I manually created the third partition on the new drive (simple NTFS) and formatted it, but that may or may not be necessary.

• Drive Sizes: My drive sizes were not the same (orig 500GB, SSD only 250GB), but this was not a problem for the ACER recovery process on the new drive, simply installed Win 7 into the available smaller partition.

• Driver issues with vanilla Win 7 Install: Like some people I had also tried to install a fresh Win 7 from commercial install disks, but there were two issues. [1] not sure the activation using the key from the laptop was working [2] the reason I could not tell is that the drivers for the laptop were not set up properly via the vanilla install and could not get to the net. Looking at the device manager mainly the network drivers seemed to be problematic, but ACER seems to have a bunch of atypical stuff and if you can’t get to the net to get specific drivers it’s a pain. Don’t know if there might be a way of accessing driver info from the unmounted partitions, but seems iffy. Could download on separate computer and use a USB key, but again ugly.

Anyhow, it can be done and although I had to take the drive in and out of the laptop 2 more times than necessary I’m more confident comfortable with the resulting OS install. (side note: bloody Acer laptops while user accessible are something of a PAIN to access. 24 screws on the underside of mine all needed to come out as the entire bottom comes off, and I didn’t want to test or install with a partial reassembly as without the bottom the battery would not seat and you’d have nothing for it to safely sit on. At least I didn’t have to take out the keyboard etc.. so could be worse. )

I used a free version of EaseUS / To-Do software (Clone Windows 7 Hard Drive with Windows 7 Cloning Software - EaseUS )to do the cloning without difficulty which was cool. I may buy a basic copy in thanks as it’s not very expensive.
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