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Need ti setup new hard drive on Acer Laptop

By gapenn ·
I have two Acer laptops. One I use the other I do not. The reason I can't use the other is that I did a factory reset which required the installation dvd's to restore. I did not make a backup copy when I purchased. (Lesson Learned) I called Acer and they sold me a set of DVD's for $20. The installation failed on the last DVD. I called them back and they wanted to sell me a tech support contract. Since the laptops are almost twins I thought I would just do an image of one to the other. Is this doable and if so how would I go about completing?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Need ti setup new hard dr ...

Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here:


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Now assuming that some form of Windows is involved here it's not good enough that these devices are Almost Twins they have to be twins and be identical in the Hardware Department or Windows will require a rebuild to get working. Unless the Hardware is identical meaning the Same M'Board the HAL File Hardware Abstraction Layer in Windows will prevent the OS from loading as it will lack the correct Hardware Drivers.

While Memory Size, CPU Speed and HDD Size can be different the M'Board must be identical or it's not going to work.


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