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05-16-2016 08:32 AM
Despite my best efforts, I am unable to clean the C: drive (28GB!!!) of my Stream 200-009 to have enough room to operate normally. I am now at the limit and thinking of upgrading the hard disk. How can I do this? Can I copy the factory-installed recovery partition on the new hard drive? And then, how do I make the new hard drive bootable in order to re-install the OS on a boot partition? Will I be able to recover to a new, larger hard disk from the original recovery image, or is there a "safeguard" on the recovery image to prevent re-installing on anything but the factory-installed 32GB HD? Thanks!
05-16-2016 10:50 AM
Hi, I have only worked with the Stream laptops and tablets, not the Mini but I think if you create the recovery USB you would be able to install the new drive and boot from the recovery USB and it would restore everything to the new drive including the recovery partition.
If this does not work, you could do a fresh install of Windows 10 to the new drive by creating an install USB using the media creation tool.
05-16-2016 01:07 PM - edited 05-16-2016 01:08 PM
Your computer doesn't use a traditional hard drive, instead it uses a solid state drive card as shown below;
- Size: 32 GB
- Interface: M.2 socket 3
The best method for returning the factory installed OS to the new "hard drive" is typically by creating the HP Recovery Media before modifying the computer in any way, shape, or form. Please see "Creating a recovery image on a USB flash drive" at HP PCs - Creating a Recovery Image on Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows....
Alternatively, one could purchase the HP Recovery Media from HP at USB - Windows 8.1 64bit Recovery Kit 15AM1PRA602.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
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