02-22-2010, 02:22 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
OS: Vista Ultimate
I am helping a friend that has a 18 month old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop running Vista Home Premium. Her hard drive is failing and it will be necessary to replace the hard drive.
I have been able to go in and use an external hard drive to save all of her picture, docements, etc.
I also saved the restoration partition that was put on the hard drive.
Here is my question. When I install a new hard drive, I assume that I should next install the Vista Home Premium from the included disk. Does it make any sense to reintroduce the restoration partition which I have saved on the hard drive. I could set up the partition when I first install Vista Home Premium.
My thinking is that I then could start the restoration process and thus have the computer installed with all the programs it originally came with.
I would need help with the following:
1) How to set up the restoration partition when I first set up Vista on the new hard drive. I can determine from the size of the files within the partition
how big it should be.
2) How to start the restoration process after I have the files for the restoration partition installed. on the computer. (I know on some computers
you would choose F10 or F11 to start the restoration process!)
3) Is it really worth the bother to go through all of this. I DO HAVE THE VISTA INSTALLATION CD AND THE DRIVERS!!!
Thanks for any and all thoguhts on this. I appreciate all your ideas.