I'm currently running (or hope to run!) Windows 7 Professional 64 bit on a Dell Computer. So here is the problem.
1. Imminent hard drive failure. Purchased (from Dell) authorized replacement hard drive for my Dell Studio XPS 8000.
2. Following instructions from Windows Backup and Restore, created both a Windows Repair Disk AND generated an image backup of the drive before it failed stored OVER A NETWORK on my laptop (appoximately 199 - 200 GB of data).
3. Followed all instructions to set the Boot device for the computer for the CD / DVD drive before installing new hard drive. Yes. I removed the old hard drive and replaced it with the new one. The new one should be the primary drive.
4. Booted from disk and chose the "Recover your computer using a system image you created earlier" selection. It was a bit of hit and miss, but I did type in the right path to the WindowsBackupImageFile. I was able to select the right file.
5. It began the restoration, indicating it was restoring from image "Volumexxxxxxxxxxxx" [this is the file name given the imagebackup file].
6. This only took about 20 to 40 minutes to complete. I was then presented with another screen that said "RE-IMAGE YOUR COMPUTER. Windows is restoring your computer from a system image. . . . . Restoring disk (C:). . .
So, here's the problem. When I did this the first time, after an hour and a half I got an error message that the image restoration FAILED over the network. So, I started the whole process over. I'm currently into the process for the same hour and a half, and based on the blue status bar, there has been no progress whatsoever on this second window indicating that it is trying to restore from the image backup. If this fails again, what are my options? Please remember again that I'm trying this restoration over a network --- a wireless network. But so far, the wireless option all seems to be working normally.
Be advised that I have located the original windows 7 operating system that came with the computer. My confusion is this:
A) If the image installation fails, would I boot from the windows 7 installation disk and it takes care of business?
B) Because this is a new hard drive, won't it need all of the drivers if I use the windows installation disk? How does this work? Be advised I have the original driver and utility disk as well, but I'm concerned because I've installed a new hard drive and I'm not sure if I will need a driver for that, or how I install a new driver if Windows 7 isn't installed.
The good thing (I hope) is that I have all of the pertinent files backed up online, so I can restore documents, music, and other files from online and I've kept all the original software installation disks (or made installation disks) if I downloaded them from an online source.
Thank you in advance,
If this fails again, what are my options?
-> Copy the whole image folder to a hard disk in a USB case, then restore Windows from this disk.
If the image installation fails, would I boot from the windows 7 installation disk and it takes care of business?
-> This would install a new copy of Windows, without any of the stuff that you installed yourself.
Because this is a new hard drive, won't it need all of the drivers if I use the windows installation disk?
-> It depends. If it is a generic Windows installation DVD then you will have to find the various drivers. If it is a DVD that is custom-made for your machine then the drivers will be on it.