Hey folks, any help would me much appreciated as i'm a little (very) naive when it comes to this stuff, but here's the scoop:
I replaced my 40GB hard drive on my packard bell 'easynote f' laptop with a 120GB one (My old hard drive is in a disgraceful state, completely unfixable IMO and filled to the brim with infections, missing files, etc.)
I cannot find the master/recovery disks that came with my laptop
A friend has a packard bell desktop PC, and the master/recovery disks that came with that.
Would it be possible for me to use those disks on my laptop?
There is a support site click here Select your laptop from the drop down lists and follow the links to "Recovery" - there is a way to restore your original hard disk drive without recovery CD`s on some "f" models but I don`t know exactly which model you have.
You would need to back up all your original data and restore the original HDD. Then you could clone the old drive to the new 120 Gb drive.
Brilliant - didn`t realise they did that - it must be a big download though! Remember you need to put your old disk back into the computer and run the restore disks from there.
The theory of the next stage is to obtain an external USB drive caddy like click here Put your new drive into this. Then obtain a simple program that will transfer the drive contents from one to the other. (You then wipe the original disk and use it as a back up device)
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