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Trying to replace drive, nothing works

By Corner Stone
Feb 8, 2015
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  1. The hard drive in my Hp Laptop (product #: C2M42UA#ABA) started failing, so I purchased a better drive to replace it. The new drive is a Western Digital Black, 500gb (same as old) 7200 rpm. I have tried many things to put windows onto this new drive so that I can use my laptop again.

    Simply, I would like for someone to walk me through, step by step, how to actually replace my old failing drive with this blank WD drive so that my laptop functions normally again.

    I have the new drive, as well as a USB to Sata III cable. I also have made recovery discs from the laptop itself, not that they helped.

    The farthest I have gotten is by making a system backup with AOMEI and recovering the system to the new drive. However, this ends me up with a blue screen telling me that I need to repair my laptop (error code: 0xc0000225) by inserting Installation Media. Problem is, my Windows 8 laptop did not come with Installation Media or even a sticker on the thing with the Windows key on it.

    This is driving me to far up the walls than it should. Any help that works is greatly appreciated, especially if I don't have to spend anymore money on this problem. Thank you.
     
  2. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,232   +201

  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    Find the motherboard drivers and copy to a thumbdrive.
    Safe Boot
    plugin the thumbdrive
    install all those drivers
    shutdown

    pull the thumbdrive
    reboot normally - - should behave much better.
     
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  4. Corner Stone

    Corner Stone TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It worked! Thank you so much, this ordeal is finally over!
     
  5. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,232   +201

    It did look a good explanation and guide. Thanks for posting the result. I’ll bookmark it for myself because I may use it as a fall-back when Windows 10 launches and I see how W10 works or not on my Samsung netbook now running 8.1. That was difficult and I no longer have a Restore partition. OS changes on laptops can be very problematic and I hate stuff not to work.
     

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