What are the steps to replace a laptop hard drive?

Toshiba satellite I675
Drive WD Scorpio blue

This is in a series of questions to repair 2 of my laptops. I just bought a new HD. I may be in trouble here because I was not able to save anything from the drive using Paragon and HDD regenerator. I think all the software was loaded by the company 3 years ago. I sent it in a yr ago to replace the hadrive when it was under warranty.

I made some disc but I can't remember why. They are marked Image 1-5, and windows repair 7. I made these last year, can't remember why.

My question is what do I do first?
Thanks for the help
Art
artismobileAsked:
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web_trackerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi Those sound like the recovery disks, this should recover your computer to the way it was when you created the back up. You will start the computer with the first disc in the drive. Of course you will have to replace your bad drive first. It should recognize the discs as recovery discs.
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rtayConnect With a Mentor IT DirectorCommented:
I just did this from a windows 7 system restore disk.  If that is what you have recovery will be easy, but will be restored to the date you made the disk.  

Just replace the hard drive and follow the instructions on this link.  you do not need to install windows first, just use a windows disk to boot to.  

http://www.petri.co.il/restore-windows-7-from-backup-image.htm
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artismobileAuthor Commented:
Ok, trying that now, I'll report back in a bit
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artismobileAuthor Commented:
The image disk would not boot but the disc marked windows repair put some files on. I have a choice:
Toshiba recovery wizard
System recovery options
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artismobileAuthor Commented:
Just installed the last disk of the image and it wants to install drivers if the option to format and repartition disk is to highlighted. I click install drivers and it wants me to insert media.
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artismobileAuthor Commented:
I just clicked past the info and it told me to insert image disc 1 might take a few minutes to a few hr. I'll check back
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rtayIT DirectorCommented:
Sounds like you are on the right track
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artismobileAuthor Commented:
Windows is up and it's installing drivers!
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artismobileAuthor Commented:
This backup was from January so it looks like there are a few things I need to add including virus protection.

Thanks for the help again. I'll post more questions about what to do from here to try to prevent this again.

Thanks!
Art
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