Can I install a new hard drive using recovery disks?
Posted on 2008-10-13
Several years ago, probably before I installed service pack 2, I created a set of recovery disks (8 cd's) for my Sony Vaio laptop. A few months ago my laptop stopped booting up. I posted a previous question asking how to recover my data and, in going through this process, I decided to install a new, much larger, hard drive and just transfer my files all at once from an external USB enclosure. However, Im having difficulty installing the new hard drive.
The original hard drive was 40 GB. My new hard drive is 160 GB (Western Digital EIDE drive). When I bought my laptop I received no operating system disks at all, so the only disks I have to boot from, and install Windows XP Home Edition from, is the recovery set I created.
I installed the new hard drive and booted it with the recovery boot disk. After I inserted Disk 1 of 7 of the recovery set, I chose Custom Recovery, and it asked how big I wanted drive C and D to be. First I chose C 40 GB and D 120 GB but I got the error "Check Sum error in D:\sony.img." The next time I chose C 80 GB and D 80 GB and got the same error. The next time I let it make C the default of 15 GB and the rest of the space to D. This time it worked a while longer but then I got the error message
"IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" along with the blue screen of death.
I can probably borrow a Windows XP Home Edition disk from someone, if necessary, to install XP since I have a product key, but it doesn't make sense that I would have to do that. Is there something I'm supposed to do to the new hard drive first? Will the recovery disks work to do a clean Windows XP on a new hard drive if the image was from a much smaller drive? I know nothing about BIOS - does this have anything to do with this issue? Any suggestions would be appreciated.