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P Richard Yarbrough
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USA
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Posted - January 14 2010 :  21:14:52  Show Profile
I want to replace a failed OEM HDD with a different HDD, and restore Vista OS. Others have done it, but with much difficulty.

I am not geek, so I need easy, step by step instructions. I do not have (and would rather not buy) an enclosure to convert an internal HDD to external USB HDD (one person restored Vista OS that way).

I have Compaq Desktop SR2180NX with OEM Vista Home Premium 32-bit with one HDD; Reflect paid version; rescue CDs (WinPE, Linux, BartPE, UBCD4Win with Macrium plugin); external USB HDD with differential exact copies of the OS, and an exact copy of the Recovery partition; internet access from rescue CD; and an eMachines XP desktop.

I do not have Vista Installation or Recovery CDs. OEM HDD is dead/not readable. Vista image is updated to SP2 and current to January 10, 2010.

OEM HDD is Samsung 2504C. Thinking about Western Digital WD5000AAKS.

Thorough responses are much appreciated. Thanks.

Nick
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United Kingdom
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Posted - January 15 2010 :  00:58:51  Show Profile
Hi

1. Replace you old drive with your new one. Leave it uninitialized; as it was when you purchased it. There is no need to partition or format the disk first.

2. Start your PC with the Windows PE rescue CD.

3. Click the 'Start the Reflect restore wizard button'
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Windows_PE_Rescue_Environment.asp?nohead=y

4. When the Wizard starts click 'Next'
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Restore_Wizard.asp?nohead=y

5. Select your image in the 'Locate Image' dialog. Restoring a differential is the same as restoring a full image; just select the image by date. Note: Your drive letters will be different to those shown in Windows as your 'C' drive is no-longer there. Your external drive may be shown as drive 'C'. Click 'Next'
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Locate_Image.asp?nohead=y

6. In the 'Partition Selection' dialog select 'C'. You don't need to restore your recovery partition. It probably won't work with your new disk, plus you have a more recent image anyway. Click 'Next'
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Restore_Partition_Selection.asp?nohead=y

7. In the 'Partitions to overwrite' dialog select the unallocated space on your new drive. Click 'Next'
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Partitions_to_overwrite.asp?nohead=y

8. In the 'Partition Type' dialog select 'Active'. Click 'Next'
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Partition_Type.asp?nohead=y

9. If your new disk is larger than your old disk then you will now see the 'Destination Re-size' dialog. Drag the slider to the right to expand 'C' to fill the disk if you want to use all the available space. Click 'Next'
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Destination_Resize.asp?nohead=y

10. In the 'Verify file system' dialog select 'No'. Click 'Next'
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Verify_File_System.asp?nohead=y

11. In the 'Verify Image' dialog select 'No'. Click 'Next'
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Verify.asp?nohead=y

12. In the 'Master Boot Record' dialog select 'Replace with the standard XP MBR'. As you had a recovery partition, your original OEM MBR may not work without it. To be safe, use the Windows standard MBR. This works with Vista as well as XP. Click 'Next'
http://www.macrium.com/blog/content/binary/9.jpg

13 Click 'Finish' on the last dialog
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Restore_Complete.asp?nohead=y

14 Reboot

If for any reason your PC doesn't start Windows take the 'Fix boot problems' option in the Windows PE rescue CD. Follow the steps here: http://www.macrium.com/blog/2009/07/27/HowToFixCommonBootProblemsUsingTheWindowsPE20FixBootProblemsOption.aspx

Hope this helps

Nick - Macrium Support


Edited by - Nick on January 15 2010 01:40:49
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P Richard Yarbrough
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USA
24 Posts

Posted - January 17 2010 :  04:35:22  Show Profile
THANK YOU! ! ! WORKED PERFECTLY! ! !

Restored my entire OS in less than 30 minutes! So simple, even a caveman (like me) can do it.

Reflect is a great product, and Customer Service is UNBEATABLE! !

Thank You, Nick! ! !
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