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Windows 7: Installing windows 7 after wiping hard drive?

29 Nov 2014   #11

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by newbiegirl View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
If you replace the hard drive, you will not have a recovery partition/image unless you saved it externally or have the discs.

I would not even consider using a system image unless it is an out of box/factory image.

Data can always be retrieved from a hard drive. If you are worried, replace it.
It's a system image that I have of when I first bought the laptop. If I do replace the HD, can I use these system images to reinstall the OS onto the new HD?
That`s what system images are for, what program did you use to create it ?

Windows native imaging does not always work to restore an image to a new or different hard drive.

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29 Nov 2014   #12

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

AddRam it's a Disk (set?) provided by the store selling the system but not sure if it's a samsung recovery set or one they created at the store - the op mentioned this in one of the early posts
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29 Nov 2014   #13
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)

Easiest would be to delete all your files, reset to factory settings, install CCleaner and use it to wipe all free space. You can select from 1 up to 35 overwrites but be prepared for quite a wait if you go for the larger numbers. Art.
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29 Nov 2014   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

I'm not exactly sure what newbiegirl is looking for but here is a tutorial by Kari worth reading.

Prepare PC to be Sold

Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold
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30 Nov 2014   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thank- you for all the replies

@AddRAM - It's a disk set (6 discs) that I created when I first powered on my laptop using the Samsung Recovery Solution software. The ones that the store created (PC World) were for a different laptop since I had to get that one exchanged as it was faulty hence why I'm unsure as to if they would work on this laptop now since they weren't created using this one but still the same laptop/model/version etc. But anyway, I did create my own set on this laptop.

Another thing - windows 7 was preinstalled hence why I don't have the windows 7 installation disk.

Thanks for the link Layback Bear!

So if I do this instead - make an iso of complete windows 7 using the links from digital river, run Dban and wipe the drive, then reinstall windows 7 would that work ?

Thanks again!
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30 Nov 2014   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

I do not know why not. Be sure that you have a valid key number and all your stuff is backed up.
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30 Nov 2014   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
I do not know why not. Be sure that you have a valid key number and all your stuff is backed up.
Yup I have the product key on the bottom of laptop - that should work right?
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30 Nov 2014   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

The key on the bottom of the laptop should work.

I would copy that key and save it some place safe. This is done just in case the one on the laptop gets damaged.
I keep my keys in the little plastic case I keep the DVD in.
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30 Nov 2014   #19


If there is more than one disk in the Recovery set they gave you, and the other one is not labeled Drivers, then it is most likely for Recovery to Factory condition. A single Win7 Reinstallation DVD would normally be labeled that and a second disk would only be for drivers. What does it say on the disks?

If you have data which must be protected then wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean All Command which makes data unrecoverable by all but forensics means.

To access the Command Line from System Recovery Options use the System Repair Disc - Create
or Win7 disk provided in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Then run the Recovery Disks to see if they will complete factory recovery, or result in a Clean Reinstall if they are Reinstallation disks. As stated, Recovery disks will self-activate and include the preinstalled programs which came with PC. If these disks are unsatisfactory or fail then do the Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which results in a perfect install of Win7.
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02 Dec 2014   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for the replies!

I'm going to burn DBan & Windows 7 iso's onto discs, and run them and see what happens!

Will post back if all goes well.. or if I need further help (which I'm hoping I don't!)

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