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Windows 7: How to know what drivers you will need for clean install.

25 Aug 2011   #81
ariel5345

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Cloning requires plugging the HD's into IDE or SATA port, not a USB hub. I wish you'd mentioned this earlier. As suspected your clone was bad.
You guys can't blame the student. It's on you guys.
I did this Exacxtly how it is shown here Laptop


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25 Aug 2011   #82
gregrocker

 

Indeed you did, Ariel. I've never seen that before.

Can you try it again with both HD's plugged into IDE or SATA port, using Seagate's free Acronis cloning app?
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26 Aug 2011   #83
ariel5345

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Indeed you did, Ariel. I've never seen that before.

Can you try it again with both HD's plugged into IDE or SATA port, using Seagate's free Acronis cloning app?
Well unfortunately no. I sent the Seagate HD back to Newegg. I had another thinggy to return that I had only 4 days left to get it there, so I shipped them together trying to save 6 bucks. Yeah I'm poor. Obviously if I'm still holding onto this Laptop.

I'm ordering the Hitachi right now. I will need your help with It. I see I can't do it the same way as the Seagate. I have only one Mobo port.
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26 Aug 2011   #84
gregrocker

 

In that case save an Acronis backup image externally then reimage to the new HD, making sure to include MBR and Track1.
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31 Aug 2011   #85
ariel5345

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I got the new Hitachi drive. I made an Acronis backup to a Western Digital external HD.

I made a bootable usb firmware upgrade key that I downloaded from HP.

I swapped out my HD and put in the new Hitachi.
I booted up my laptop into the usb key and I get this message. "invalid system disk. Replace and reboot".
I have remade the usb key and re-tried.

I think that it is saying that the new Hitachi Is not the right one and the bios flash will not take place.
I have tripled checked the model # and I DO have the correct one.
There are no forums no help anywhere on the web. I cannot find any help.
I will never buy anything from HP again. I swear on my mothers grave. I am so frustrated I want to spend the next 20 years diligently working a smear campaign against them.
I doubt anyone on seven forums would be able to figure this one out.

But If anyone is brave enough to try here is the HP link that started this whole thing.
Firmware Upgrade for Specific Hitachi Hard Drives Compaq Presario V6620US Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
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01 Sep 2011   #86
theog

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Firmware Upgrade for Specific Hitachi Hard Drives Compaq Presario V6620US Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

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Description:
This package contains a firmware upgrade for specific Hitachi Hard Drive models that are installed in the supported laptop models running a supported operating system. This package upgrades the firmware to version C40A or C80A, depending on the hard disk drive (HDD) model. If the HDD in the laptop is not within the scope, the firmware upgrade does not take place. The following list specifies the Hitachi Hard Drives for which the firmware will be upgraded: - HTS542580K9SA00 - HTS542512K9SA01 - HTS542516K9SA02 - HTS542525K9SA03 - HTE542580K9A300 - HTS722080K9SA00 - HTS722010K9SA01 - HTS722012K9SA00 - HTS722016K9SA00 - HTS722020K9SA00
Do you have one of the above Hd Drives?
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01 Sep 2011   #87
ariel5345

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Yep... second to the last. Is it possible that I have a fake, a knockoff drive? You know the Chinese imitate everything.
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01 Sep 2011   #88
gregrocker

 

Make sure you have a working bootable flash stick installer first.

Use this easy tool to write ISO to flash stick with Win7 in dropdown menu: Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3. Boot using one-time BIOS Boot menu key, under USB, Removable or HD's.

Make sure new HD registers correctly in BIOS, set SATA controller to AHCI to try install.
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01 Sep 2011   #89
ariel5345

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I plugged it in to the usb port and windows did its plug and play thing and installed the driver. The properties menu gives the correct model #.
Do I need to put my system image on it first? If so then since HP won't support win 7 on my model Laptop do I need to load vista on it then flash the bios and then restore my win7 image?
"supported laptop models running a supported operating system"
Maybe it won't flash unless it sees what operating system I have on it.
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01 Sep 2011   #90
gregrocker

 

No, you don't have to have Vista on the HD to reinstall Win7 Upgrade version: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Seems the problem might be you tried writing the HP Recovery disks to USB and it's not booting correctly.

Better anyway to write the Win7 installation ISO for your version to stick since the HP Recovery has all of the sponsors' preinstalled bloatware which is the worst on HP computers.

If you only have the DVD then it's easier to use UltraISO trial version, on File tab Open DVD, on Bootable Tab Write Disk Image, Format, Write.

Tips for getting a perfect clean reinstall of factory OEM are in my signature below.
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