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My hard drive went bad so i replaced with a new SSD its smaller than orginal but plenty big enough to support the operating system and all the recovery media,but becuase it is smaller the recovbery media now sys cant install because the hard drive is a diffrent size?Why this is an issue is unknown to me becuase obviuosly i am not going to buy a new computer when i can replace the Hard drive.Is there any way to force the instasll as like i said i have the orginal recovery media all disks?

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Hi,

 

You have to use SAME size or larger (capacity) otherwise this won't work. You can't use smaller size because the process will copy the whole image back INCLUDING blank sectors.

 

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Hi:

 

If you are receiving that message, there is nothing you can do. 

 

It bugs me that some PC manufacturers do not supply a simple 2 set recovery disk set--one consisting of the plain operating system, and one consisting of an application and driver DVD.  That way you would never run into the problem you have on your hands right now.

 

Here is a link to the W7 64 bit Engish Home Premium ISO download.  It is good for 24 hours from when I posted it.

 

https://software-download.microsoft.com/pr/Win7_HomePrem_SP1_English_x64.iso?t=3e7897ed-769a-4a7d-ae...

 

It is just a plain W7 file, which will work with the W7 product key on your PC's case, and will work with any size hard drive as long as it meets the criteria to install W7 64 bit.

 

Then you can install the drivers and available software from your PC's support page.

 

You can use the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool to transfer the ISO file you downloaded onto a DVD or 4 GB USB flash drive.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

 

Or you can burn the file to a DVD using the Burn ISO option on your favorite DVD burning program.

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Wow Thanks i really appreciatte the info file and expertize!I really was upset as i wanted to have a ssd and still use this desktop as it is still in perfect shape and sufficeint for my needs!!

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@Paul_Tikkanen wrote:

Hi:

 

If you are receiving that message, there is nothing you can do. 

 

It bugs me that some PC manufacturers do not supply a simple 2 set recovery disk set--one consisting of the plain operating system, and one consisting of an application and driver DVD.  That way you would never run into the problem you have on your hands right now. 


@Paul_Tikkanen

 

I know at least one vendor supplies ISO files for users to download, using the right service tag.

 

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You're very welcome., @Taz112768 .

 

@banhien :

 

Actually, HP used to supply one plain OS disk and one application and driver DVD for their business notebooks only  - up to the 8440p.  They don't anymore as far as I know.  I have one OS disk and one application and driver DVD for my nc6400, 6910p and 6930p notebooks.

 

They use recovery images for their business desktops and all consumer class PC's.

 

Dell used to supply a plain recovery disk and an application and driver disk set for all of their PC's.

 

I don't know if they still do.

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@Paul_Tikkanen

 

I still keep few sets (2 DVD's) for my machines (nx series). I also have DVD's for few Dell machines and I can download ISO files for my 2 latest Dell's

 

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> If you are receiving that message, there is nothing you can do. 

 

Yes, there is.

 

Install to a "proper" size of disk-drive (preferably SEAGATE or WESTERN DIGITAL).

 

Download (from either manufacturer's web-site) their "disk-cloning" software.  It's free software.

 

Use the software to "clone" from the "proper" disk-drive to your SSD drive.

 

The "trick" here is that this software can "copy-and-resize", even in "automatic" mode.

It will "shrink" the partitions as much as needed, because it can determine how "full" each of the partitions (boot, service, recovery, 'C:') are.

 

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Is there anyway you could post live link again i d/led on another comp and something must have went wrong during burn as it wont boot form disk and i no longer have orginal d/l?

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Here you go...

 

https://software-download.microsoft.com/pr/Win7_HomePrem_SP1_English_x64.iso?t=2e298a98-71a9-4339-84...

 

...and if you want to clone a larger hard drive the recovery disks may work on, to the smaller capacity SSD, here is a link that may be of help to you...

 

http://www.geekyprojects.com/storage/how-to-clone-hard-drive-to-smaller-drive/

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