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Windows 7: Does recovery partition work after hardware change?

12 Jun 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
Does recovery partition work after hardware change?

I have a Dell desktop PC (Optiplex GX280).
It has a recovery partition, which I occasionally use to take the PC settings back to what they were like when I first bought it.
But there is a problem. The interior DVD drive on this PC has stopped working. If I replace it, would the recovery partition still work 100 per cent, or would it stall because of the new piece of hardware?
If the new drive stops the recovery partition from re-vamping my PC, I will not install it, because I can't run the risk of making the recovery partition useless.
Could someone please tell me if a new DVD drive (or any other new piece of hardware) would stop the recovery partition from working? Thanks!

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12 Jun 2015   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

A new DVD drive should not affect the recovery partition. As I understand you, this DVD drive is uninvolved in the recovery operation, which is done purely from the hard drive.


1: recovery partitions are not foolproof regardless.

2: you may be able to make "recovery discs" that accomplish the same task as the recovery partition--but they aren't foolproof either.

3: i'd seriously consider some other means of recovery, such as imaging.
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12 Jun 2015   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

Agreed, just changing the ODD/Optical Disc Drive shouldn't be a problem but changing other pieces of hardware may give issues if the drivers built into the Factory Restore don't agree with the new parts.

Edit: When I finished posting I noticed the word "drivers" became a link to a Website, I didn't do that and would suspicion the validity of that site and avoid it.
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