Restore CD With New HD?



mcl
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
Ok, a lady from work seems to have lost her HD on her home PC.
I haven't checked it out yet, but she said it gives the error; operating
system not found.
She is one of those cases where she never got a Windows Xp CD just a restore
disk.
All she uses the system for is to browse the internet and some word
processing.
I've never used a restore CD. (I would never buy a system with just a resore
CD.)
If she just bought a new HD how do those resore CD's respond to that? Does
the HD need to be
the original or the same size or will anyone work? It was a 40gb HD. I
figure she could get one at least
that size dirt cheap. I figured on an 80gb.

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
Hi,

The disks should work with any hardware, it's usually the motherboard that
limits movement. Before bothering with that, you would want to run a drive
diagnostic first to assess the state of the existing drive. These free
utilities are easily obtained from the web site of the drive manufacturer.

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Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"mcl" <levinemc@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:OBQje.12606$cP2.4014@fe06.lga...
> Ok, a lady from work seems to have lost her HD on her home PC.
> I haven't checked it out yet, but she said it gives the error; operating
> system not found.
> She is one of those cases where she never got a Windows Xp CD just a
> restore disk.
> All she uses the system for is to browse the internet and some word
> processing.
> I've never used a restore CD. (I would never buy a system with just a
> resore CD.)
> If she just bought a new HD how do those resore CD's respond to that? Does
> the HD need to be
> the original or the same size or will anyone work? It was a 40gb HD. I
> figure she could get one at least
> that size dirt cheap. I figured on an 80gb.
>

Mike Brannigan [MSFT]
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
"mcl" <levinemc@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:OBQje.12606$cP2.4014@fe06.lga...
> Ok, a lady from work seems to have lost her HD on her home PC.
> I haven't checked it out yet, but she said it gives the error; operating
> system not found.
> She is one of those cases where she never got a Windows Xp CD just a
> restore disk.
> All she uses the system for is to browse the internet and some word
> processing.
> I've never used a restore CD. (I would never buy a system with just a
> resore CD.)
> If she just bought a new HD how do those resore CD's respond to that? Does
> the HD need to be
> the original or the same size or will anyone work? It was a 40gb HD. I
> figure she could get one at least
> that size dirt cheap. I figured on an 80gb.

She contacts the OEM that built the machine and supplied the CD for
instructions (although they would have been provided with the PC) for how to
use the recovery CD to restore the system to as shipped - NOTE : this may be
a destructive restore and she may loose any date stored on that PC when this
is done. Again contact the OEM for details.


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Mike
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"mcl" <levinemc@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:OBQje.12606$cP2.4014@fe06.lga...
> Ok, a lady from work seems to have lost her HD on her home PC.
> I haven't checked it out yet, but she said it gives the error; operating
> system not found.
> She is one of those cases where she never got a Windows Xp CD just a
> restore disk.
> All she uses the system for is to browse the internet and some word
> processing.
> I've never used a restore CD. (I would never buy a system with just a
> resore CD.)
> If she just bought a new HD how do those resore CD's respond to that? Does
> the HD need to be
> the original or the same size or will anyone work? It was a 40gb HD. I
> figure she could get one at least
> that size dirt cheap. I figured on an 80gb.
>


Restore CD With New HD?