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Hard Drive crash--can I run XP recovery on new drive ?

by adbids / November 6, 2004 2:41 PM PST

I have a 2 year-old HP PC with XP-Home. The original hard drive is failing. I purchased a new hard drive with the intent of moving everything to the new drive. I initially tried to run HP's System Recovery on the new drive but got a 'Cannot create User Partition error'. Can I run the Sys. Recovery on a new drive or only the original ? I also tried Norton's Ghost software to copy everything (incl. XP) to the new drive but that failed--old drive shut down in the process. Do I have to buy a new XP package ?

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Re: Hard Drive crash--can I run XP recovery on new drive ?
by Papa Echo / November 6, 2004 5:53 PM PST

Most 'Recovery Disc' are meant for system recovery on the same computer with the origional HD. Perhaps your main problem now is why the HD stopped while ghosting with Norton. Have you tried again ? Can you describe what actually happened ?

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Re: Hard Drive crash--can I run XP recovery on new drive ?
by adbids / November 7, 2004 3:49 PM PST

I loaded Ghost on my fragile hard drive and attempted to copy everything to a new hard drive. The old hard drive is fairly large (120GB). I tried to do this a couple of times--both times the PC froze up after several hours of copying. I think my old hard drive is just too fragile (I get an eminent failure error and have to hit F2 everytime I boot-up the PC). You're correct about the Sys. Recovery disks only working with the PC that it was intended. I tried to use another set (for another Pavilion) and it gave me an immediate error.

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Re: Hard Drive crash--can I run XP recovery on new drive ?
by David Chan / November 7, 2004 7:50 PM PST

HP's Recovery CDs is meant for you to use on a new HDD if your old HDD fails.
The normal way to recover to factory state on the original HDD is to use the hidden recovery method by pressing the F10 key on startup or access the Recovery Utility from Windows.

Follow the instructions on this link:
HP Pavilion Desktop PCs - Recovering the System after the Hard Drive is Replaced

If possible, install a pre-formatted hard drive. The new hard drive must be as large or larger than the replaced hard drive.

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Re: Hard Drive crash--can I run XP recovery on new drive ?
by adbids / November 9, 2004 3:19 AM PST

Thanks. I re-read the instructions and noticed that I needed to disconnect everything besides the mouse, keyboard and monitor. After doing that, I ran the System Recovery process and it worked. I was able to get XP loaded on my new hard drive. Problem solved.

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this should help
by spud1 / December 17, 2004 6:56 AM PST

you should have the Sticker on the side of the Computer...just get a Copy of XP home OEM and use that as long as you use your XP # anad you get XP HOME OEM....XP hompe retail will not work with you #

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by albantu / January 6, 2005 11:07 PM PST

You should be able to recover your system, even with a HDD replacement, there should be no problem with that. Cloning that partition is another ball game, since win xp has some trouble when you clon it with a program like GHOST or other software.

I would recommend to insist with the recovery, if you should bump with trouble, your dealer should give you all the technical support needed. Remember your recover CD is licensed software and you should not be paying the bunch of money a new Windows license may cost.

Happy new Year
Alberto Antunez
Caracas - Venezuela

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