I Have acquired an ACER aspire 5310 laptop. It has Windows Vista installed and I would like to upgrade to Windows 7 In order to do this I would have to replace the hard drive as the one installed at the moment is only 80Gig, which is split into two 32gig and one hidden 12 gig partitions. Even combining the two 32 gig partitions I would only have about 40gig of free space, and windows 7 requires 50+ gig to install.
My question is….I have made an image file of the existing set up (3 partitions) with Acronis True image. If I install a new 250gig HDD and reinstate the image files, will they just partition the drive to the existing sizes? Or can I use a Windows xp install disc to create my own partitions (I don’t have a Windows 7 install disc, just the down load version) and then put the image files into my own partitions and upgrade from there, Would that work??? Or what other options might you suggest. And what problems might I encounter??