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Factory reset failed, Is it possible to replace hard drive?

by OskeTheComputerNoob / October 10, 2017 5:13 PM PDT

A year or two back I was having issues with my computer, probably viruses, so I attempted to factory reset (windows 10). It was stuck at 0% for about a week, and then it randomly shut down. When I tried to start it again it looked like it would boot normally but an error popped up saying something along the lines of "windows 10 was missing" or something. Today I put it back together and tried to boot it. So far no error sign but I's been booting for about 10 mins. One thing I was wondering is if It would be possible to buy a new hard drive, install windows on it using a friend's computer, and then replacing the current hdd with the new hdd.

For reference, I'm pretty sure the computer is this one https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Black-17-3-17-p120wm-Laptop-PC-with-AMD-A8-7050-Dual-Core-Processor-4GB-Memory-750GB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-10-Home/46429954
It doesn't have a name, so I'm not 100% sure if this is the right one, but the specs seem to match.

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Thankfully yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2017 5:17 PM PDT

I just did this last month on my brothers newish laptop. Windows 10 uses Digital Entitlement so I used my W10 USB install stick that I created with (google this) the Microsoft Media Creation Kit.

After the new SSD was installed I booted the stick and installed W10, then off to get drivers and a few machine specific apps.

Of course if you are not into driver and app work, order the recovery media for your PC.

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Just calrifying
by OskeTheComputerNoob / October 10, 2017 5:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Thankfully yes.

So in short, i am able to swap out the faulty drive for one that has windows on it?

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That's a different question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2017 5:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Just calrifying

The ONLY time that you can pop in a new drive with windows on it is when it's supplied ready to go from the maker. This is highly unlikely so my answer is no and never.

However you could install a new HDD or SSD and install Windows 10 and the needed drivers/apps or order/use Windows 10 Restore media from the machine's maker. Your choice which path to go down.

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I think i get it now
by OskeTheComputerNoob / October 10, 2017 5:48 PM PDT

Oh so you meant install the new drive, and then install windows directly onto the computer. I didn't realize that

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Laptop
by Bob__B / October 10, 2017 5:44 PM PDT

There must be a make and model of this machine somewhere on the unit.
Top/bottom/front/back.

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Nope, sorry
by OskeTheComputerNoob / October 10, 2017 5:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Laptop

Nope, nada, nothing. There is currently no label anywhere showing what model it is. I might be able to find the box somewhere in my mom's studio though.

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Find that box
by Bob__B / October 10, 2017 5:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Nope, sorry

You need the make and model.

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Ok
by OskeTheComputerNoob / October 10, 2017 5:52 PM PDT
In reply to: Find that box

Ill find that box later tonight. I think when i got it i was dumb and took all the labels off of the computer. Learned that lesson.

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