Can I use a system recovery disk after replacing the hard drive?

Bill A July 31, 2013
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My hard Drive is bad and I want to replace it. After doing so can I use my computer recover disk to get the computer Up? Windows 7 is the operating system.

  1. Kishan M
    August 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    yes if you use your recover cd properly

  2. Justin Pot
    July 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    If you're talking about an actual recover CD, then yes: you should be good to go. If you're talking about a recovery partition on your existing hard disk, things get complicated – though you can usually request a recovery CD from your OEM.

  3. Oron J
    July 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Yes, as long as it's a proper recovery disc (see Jan's reply) it should work. Recovery discs will work with any hardware which is identical or very similar (basically the same model of motherboard) to your laptop - the actual hard disc doesn't matter and in fact this is a good opportunity to upgrade to a higher-capacity model.

  4. Hovsep A
    July 31, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    to eliminate problems buy the same model hard drive, then you can recover the image. Try Acronis true image (shareware)
    softpedia making a deal $9.99-11,89
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Acronis-True-Image-Home.shtml

  5. Jan F
    July 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    If it's an OEM system recovery disk you should be able to restore Windows on a new hard drive using it. At best read the manual that came with the system.

    If it's a system image saved to a disk created within Windows you can restore from it.
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/675-system-image-recovery.html

    If it's a system repair disc created within Windows it will not restore Windows.
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/create-a-system-repair-disc