I have an Acer Aspire 5742 series laptop that the hard drive went bad. I'm in the process of purchasing another hard drive to intall, but understand that I will need to reinstall the Windows 7 operating system to get the computer up and running again. When I first got the computer new, I made 4 recovery discs (1-4), along with a disc called "AppDr1", a disc called W.7 64-bit, and finally a disc called Acer back-up. Does anyone know which disc I will need to load the operating system onto the new hard drive or will I need all of these? If so, in what order should they be loaded? The new HD will not have any e-recovery files, so not sure how this will work. Thanks for any help!!
Firstly, make sure that the DVD drive is set to boot first - you can change the settings in BIOS or use the F12 boot menu. Install Disk 1 first - it will tell you when to insert the next disk. Once all four recovery disks have been inserted, WIndows will go through the installation progress - just follow all on screen instructions.
You may not need the AppDrv1 disk - this is just a backup of all drivers & applications that shipped with the computer. The disk marked Acer Backup may be just a back up of documents & files, and is not part of the recovery process.
Thanks for all your help! I got my new hard-drive today and was able to use the 4 recovery disks that I originally made at the time I got the computer new. All the disks reloaded perfectly and Windows 7 is operating properly on the new HD. Only wish my original hard drive didn't break as I cannot retrieve any old files from it. It's dead with no movement or sound when I connect it to another computer via a SATA 2.5 case. Oh well, at least I can still use the computer now! Thanks again for the very helpful assistance!