Quantcast

Maximum PC

It is currently Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:37 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: HDD imaging
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 9:46 am 
8086
8086

Joined: Thu Jul 08, 2004 6:46 am
Posts: 73
I just purchased a new laptop and I am hearing that it comes with a lot of bloatware (no surprise). I want to reformat the HDD and do a dual boot, but like most laptops now they come with system recovery partitions instead of a DVD. Can I use the windows 7 image backup to save all the partitions on the HDD, including the OS, in case something goes wrong? Or can I just format the OS partition, then create new partitions and still use the system recovery partition to restore everything back to stock? I don't get to buy new hardware very often, so I don't want to break it on day 1. Thanks


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: HDD imaging
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 8:46 pm 
8086
8086

Joined: Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:28 am
Posts: 25
You are right about all the unnecessary crap being installed! My laptop had all kind of junk installed on it. Unfortunately, your recovery partition also reinstalls all of that junk you do not want. You should make a set of recovery disks before formating your drive. Follow the instructions on your pc to make these disks before doing anything to it. This way if anything goes wrong you can use those disks to recover your pc. Yes, you'll also be reinstalling all of that junk you do not want, but that's the way it is. :cry:

Once you have these recovery disks created and you know that they will work, you may format the entire drive including that recovery partition to gain some space. Be sure those recovery disks work before the recovery partition is formated!

If you have a bought copy of Windows 7 or can borrow a copy from someone, use it to reinstall windows 7 on your laptop. When it asks for the product key, use the one for your laptop. DO NOT USE THE KEY ON THE DISK YOU BORROWED! THAT'S PIRACY! Use your Windows 7 key found on the laptop. If you do not know what your key is, use this program to find it. http://www.magicaljellybean.com/softwar ... fice-2010/

Hopefully others will offer help, too. Good luck to you! I know exactly how you feel.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: HDD imaging
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 12:21 am 
Little Foot
Little Foot
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:16 pm
Posts: 177
Another thing you want to be aware of are drivers (i.e. sound, video etc.)

I redid a laptop once to get rid of the bloatware and I hadn't researched the driver situation.
I had a heck of a time getting the drivers to take.

Now mind you I was installing XP from Vista so maybe Windows 7 has a better driver program.
Let us know how it turns out
. :D


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: HDD imaging
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 4:40 am 
8086
8086

Joined: Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:28 am
Posts: 25
Yes, bullnettle59 is right. Check with your laptop's manufacturer and download the latest drivers available for your model and operating system (32-bit or 64-bit) and burn them to a DVD also, or put them on a USB device to install from when needed. Your laptop may also (mine did) have a set-up folder somewhere on it containing all of it's drivers. If you can find it, burn it to a DVD or copy it to a USB device just to be safe.

Again, good luck!


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: HDD imaging
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 6:48 am 
8086
8086

Joined: Thu Jul 08, 2004 6:46 am
Posts: 73
Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm my laptop is currently "Out for Delivery" so I can't wait to start playing with it!


Top
  Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group