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How do I use my backup cd's made when I bought my computer

When I purchased my computer I did as advised and made a backup copy of my computer as directed. The Hard Drive recently went bad. I have purchased a identical new hard drive. Now how do I use my cd's to install what was on the old Hard drive?

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The procedure varies so see your user guide

In reply to: How do I use my backup cd's made when I bought my computer

The procedure will be documented in your user guide. If you lost it, you can download it from your manufacturer's web site. One thing that's worth a try would be to insert the first disc and see if you can boot from it. That often (but not always) works.
When you've gotten your system back like you want it, I urge you to get yourself an external hard drive and a good 3rd party backup program. You can set it up to do everything automagically at the time and frequency of your choice. 1 TB external hard drives are about $70 these days and a really good FREE backup program is the Easeus Todo Backup Free which you can download from . That can save you a lot of time and frustration the next time something like this happens. Sooner or later it happens to all computers for one reason or another.

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Thank you !

In reply to: The procedure varies so see your user guide

Thank you for your help. When checking all the material that came with the computer there was information about making the back up but nothing about how to use it. I will try to find manual on internet. Thanks again.

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