My new laptop hard drive has took a dump. I currently cannot buy a new one right now, I have an old hard drive and a XP disc. If I reformat the HDD then do a clean install of xp on the HDD would it work? The laptop itself came with Windows 7 and has a win7 COA sticker on the bottom. Or would that not work because laptop came with win 7 already? Thanks
I don't have a win 7 disc, I just read that some newer laptops won't be able to due to not having the right drives. Plus this is only a temporary thing for a month or two until I get another HDD and win 7 disc
A WIN7 install would be much preferable, especially in regards to driver support. For desktops its fairly easy to find drivers for chipset and wifi and whatnot but for laptops that's going to be more challenging.
WIN7 will have most of the drivers you need and will install them before you get into windows. Driver support for XP will be outdated.
But if you can't wait then you can Load XP on the current drive. It sounds like recovering files is not going to work. But just put the XP disc in and restart, and during post hit F8 or F11 to get to the boot menu, select boot from disc and install.
I would much rather just fix the new one but just cannot do it for a few more weeks, the disc are pretty expensive from what I seen at Best Buy and other computer stores nearby.
Yeah OS I believe is still there because when I made a win7 startup repair iso disc it found my OS and even when I clicked load drivers on the repair disc menu it showed me all my files and everything else to load.
Yes I am on my old D620 right now. You want me to put the win7 HDD in this D620 and run the dskchk? I have tried this before but in the same laptop that it came in (lenovo) and it kept getting stuck at a certain partition saying this partition is unreadable or something like that. Would it help if I switched laptops then ran it again?