Jackie's lappy, a Gateway running WIN 7, has what I suspect is a failing hard drive. The drive in it is a 500GB and I bought a 320 to replace it. Ran
the recovery disks we made for the machine and it runs through the entire process then we get the error message that cannot complete the recovery with
the current hardware set up.
Do I HAVE to replace the drive with the same size one in order to use the recovery disks?
you can use any size hd
google is your friend
Normally I will install fresh os on new hd and put on saved files off old hd lot easier
hd should have recovery prog on it try hitting f4 or f5 when booting
The way to restore Gateways is to hold down the ALT Key and repeatedly hitting f10 then it should bring you to a boot sequence screen then choose the HDD and then hold down ALT and repeatedly hit f10 again that should promt the restore feature for gateway. If that doesnt work the only way to do it is to boot into windows and run the eRecovery program.
It would boot straight into recovery with the first of two disks in the drive.
Had to go with the second method -- edit bios -- because it never gave me the chance to install the new driver.
Once I get it stable, I'll update to SVC Pack 1 and THEN make a new set of recovery disks, which will solve the problem if I ever have to do this again.
Seems to be finishing recovery now that I did the tweak in bios.
Replacing a hard disk will naturally destroy any chance of using the recovery partition. You must use a Disk based recovery. I've taken to making USB recovery media Which does make things a little easier to customise the process.
Hey wolfy you got it up n runnin
Just went into the bios and changed the drive type and it finished the install like a champ.
Even did all the updates after I fired it up again and connected to the home wireless network.