11-27-2012 09:36 PM
I just bought a Z580 with windows 8 and I also have a new hard drive coming. The first thing I tried to do was create factory restore disks so that when the new hard drive gets here I can remove the old hard drive and replace it with the new one and put the pre-installed windows 8 that came with the laptop on it. I can't however find a way to create factory restore disks. Is this still possible and if not what are my options for replacing a hard drive for this laptop and using the same windows install that originally came with it? I would prefer to not have to clone the hard drive nor order factory restore disks.
11-27-2012 09:44 PM
11-27-2012 09:55 PM
When I try this it asks for a USB flash drive that can hold at laest 16 GB. I do not have a USB flash drive that can hold 16GB, is this the only other option? Earlier in the Create a recovery drive instructions there is a checkbox "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to recovery drive." If I uncheck this then it only asks for a drive that can hold 512 MB and it also gives me the option to make it with CD/DVDs instead. What does this checkbox mean, how would the recovery drive differ in its use if I have it checked vs not.
11-27-2012 10:08 PM
I have read elsewhere that the created recovery drive cannot be used to install windows 8, so in the case of a brand new hard drive this will not be useful right?
11-27-2012 10:19 PM
11-28-2012 10:37 AM
No, this link does not help. That is the same thing you were referring to before but it doesn't explain the difference of copy the contents of the recovery partition and not. Also this seems to be something used to recover to restore points, that isn't useful for a new HD though that doesn't have any restore points.
I did come across this which seems usable on a new HD. http://www.technoon.com/how-to-create-windows-8-system-image.html However this seems to create a copy of your C drive so it will be the same installation of windows as well as whatever else is on there. Since my new HD is a SSD I'm going to want to install the OS on the new HD in AHCI mode while the one copying from that would be IDE mode which is what it came as. So I guess what I'm looking for is a fresh install of windows 8 on the new HD using the existing preinstalled windows key. How can I achieve this without the windows 8 install discs since they did not come with the computer.