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Windows vista recovery cd I created won't install on new hard drive

My hard drive failed due to parts failure. I put a new drive in (only option) and I had made a system and file recovery disk for my computer. I tried installing it to the new drive and I get a message that it is not supported on this computer. It is the same computer less the defective drive. I have all my files on the disks is there some way to get the information off the disk and forget about the windows system. I can't stand Vista anyway. I just need the files.

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Which software did you use to create the recovery disk? Is the recovery disk a CD or DVD?

Just to recover a vista system from recovery DVDs would require at least two DVDs. Your files would be in addition to this so I would be very surprised if you have only a single disk containing both the operating system and all of your files.

A simple recovery disk would only be useful for restoring lost operating system files to a hard disk that had corrupted or deleted files. It would let you restore to a new blank disk.

If the disk only contains a backup of your data then you would need to first install an operating system (Vista or Windows 7) and then install the backup software you used to create the disk and then you could recover your data from the disk.

Posted on Jan 05, 2013

  • Gene Hout Jan 07, 2013

    Thanks for the info. It did take two DVD disk to transfer all I had on the computer. I did it in case of a hard drive failure. I used the windows prograhm system recovery disk creator that came in windows vista. It will not open on a new hard drive which is usless to even have since most hard drive problems are easy to fix. Total failure due to parts failure not so easy. So it is still a major problem.

  • Raj Patel Jan 07, 2013

    Try downloading a bootable linux dvd and boot your pc with this. Then use linux to format the hard disk first. If this works then try booting from the recovery dvd again.



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