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Dell 1750 Inspiron new hard drive problem

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April 1, 2013 1:29:31 PM

The laptop didn't come with a Windows disk. We had scrupulously backed it up. Will these backups put Windows 7 on the new harddrive?
a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
April 1, 2013 1:32:46 PM

What did you use to back it up with?
April 1, 2013 1:35:48 PM

We used the back up utility and created 3 disks
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April 1, 2013 1:45:15 PM

Is it commonplace now not to get an OS disk? What I was given to understand is that the OS now resides on a sector of the Harddrive that can never be reformatted. So when a reformat is done, the OS is reloaded from that sector.
a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
April 1, 2013 1:47:34 PM

yes, they usually come with a recovery partition where you can reinstall the OS without needing a DVD.
April 1, 2013 1:52:13 PM

rgd1101 said:
yes, they usually come with a recovery partition where you can reinstall the OS without needing a DVD.


So what happens when you need to replace the entire Hardrive? Is the OS on the backup disks? One would think not.


April 2, 2013 5:10:36 AM

Was it 3 DVDs? If so it will likely recover the PC to the state it was in when you purchased it.
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