Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 HP on a new hard disc from recovery discs

29 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Installing Windows 7 HP on a new hard disc from recovery discs

The hard disk of my Gateway NV78 notebook pre-installed with Windows 7 HP has crashed. I have made the recovery discs in 3 DVDs . I will be buying a new hard disk. I would like to know whether it is possible to install Windows 7 HP on the new hard disc from the recovery discs or I have to go in for a new installation disc.

Nagarajan Chennai India

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Oct 2010   #2

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

Hopefully wouldnt be a problem. The only 2 issues that i have come across in people trying to use the recovery disks on a replacement drive are:

1) In HP (hewlett packard) computers, sometimes this process doesnt work on aftermarket hdds unless they have been purchased from HP. The reason ascribed is that the hdd needs to be "tattoed" by HP.

2) Acer notebooks may have an issue if the new hdd is unformatted. So make sure you format and
create 2 partitions before trying to install from those disks. The second partition seems to be needed for expanding recovery files.

Should all fail, you can still do a clean install of home premium using a disk borrowed from a friend or downloaded off the web. You can activate it using the COA key on the sticker on your computer, or if that doesnt work by calling MS. Should it come to that, post back and somebody will help you out with the tuts and procedures.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 64 bit

Many thanks.

My original hard disc size was 500GB with a single partition. If at least 2 partitions are to be provided, what can be the size of second partition, if I go for a new 500GB hard disc..

Can you suggest a download site for downloading Windows 7 Home Premium. I have the OEM product key on the label affixed to the laptop.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Oct 2010   #4

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

1) Size of partitions would depend on whether you use large programs or run games from the windows partition. If you dont around 50-60 gb should be sufficient. If you're keep 100 gb for the windows partition and 400 gb for the next. In any case partitions can be resized after the install so dont worry.

2) Unfortunately i cannot suggest a site for downloading home premium since that would be seen as encouraging piracy. However, google is your friend. Do avoid "pre-activated" ones, they are no good. As long as you have a legit key, theres no issue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Oct 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello nag45, welcome to Seven Forums!

As Bill has said, you can use any disk to create an "all versions" installer though they are bit-rate specific, you can only create a 32-bit all versions installer from a 32-bit Windows 7 but you are able to install either bit-rate using your key as long as it's the same version.

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Sep 2013   #6



There are Two options available.

1. You can order a replacement set of Recovery Discs using the link below - these will reinstall the operating system, all required drivers and nearly all of the original software ( the exception often being trials of MS Office ). They will also re-create all the original partitions, including the Recovery Partition.

Order HP Recovery Discs.

2. Another option you could consider is to create your own Windows 7 installation disc.

Before trying the following, make sure you can still read the 25 Character Product Activation key on your Windows COA label ( 5 blocks of 5 alpha/numeric sets ).

An example of a COA Label can be seen Here.

You can create a Windows 7 installation disc yourself using another PC - just download the correct Disc Image ( this must be the same version that originally came with your PC ) from the link below and use an application such as ImgBurn to burn the ISO correctly to a blank DVD - a guide on using ImgBurn to write an ISO to a disc is Here. These Images are clean and from a well-respected source ( Digital River ).

Windows-7 sp1-iso-official-32-bit-and-64-bit

Use the disc to perform the installation, enter the Windows activation key found on the COA Label when requested and when the installation has completed, use the 'Phone Method' detailed in the link below to activate the OS - this method supported by Microsoft and is popular with people who just want a clean installation of Windows 7 without the additional software load normally bundled with OEM installations.

How To Activate Windows 7 by Phone Step-by-Step Guide
سامانه هوشمند ارسال پیامک اَوَرپیامک

Additional drivers and software you may need can be found Here.

Best regards,

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Installing Windows 7 HP on a new hard disc from recovery discs

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How do I install Windows 7 from recovery discs onto new hard drive?
Hi, I have a Sony Vaio laptop - VGN-NW265F/B , and the original hard drive went bad due to a SMART failure. I've installed a new hard drive, and used the 1st recovery disc to get to the recovery menu. I've tried numerous times to install the OS from the recovery discs provided by Best Buy, which...
Installation & Setup
Installing OS on New Build Using HP Recovery Disc
Hello All, Please excuse my ignorance for the title as that was the best I could do to condense. My old Gateway has finally become unusable. In short, I am unable to boot at all, even in Safe Mode. My tech has gone through BIOS, etc. and still nothing. So, I have decided to go the...
Installation & Setup
Factory image recovery w/system backup discs freeze at disc
I am performing an image recovery. I have 4 DVDs that came with my laptop from geeksquad. They say HP System Backup. Everything runs smoothly in disc 1. When I get to disc 2 nothing happens at all. Any ideas of what I can do? I do have an external hard drive. I was considering trying to copy the...
Backup and Restore
windows recovery discs
I lost my recovery discs for my lenove 3000 N200 where can i get. Thanks
Backup and Restore
windows 7 and using vaio recovery discs?
i have just installed windows 7, from xp with no problems. but im not sure how to now use my recovery discs for my sony vaio so i can install all my old programs and software, adobe, click to dvd etc?? do i use the recovery discs as normal, system recovery, then applications recovery? will it then...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:07.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App