Install the new hard drive - how to proceed?

My hard drive has bad sectors which (according to Spinrite) is not repairable.  I also ran all the HP utilities who tell me that the hard drive needs to be replaced.  So, I bought a new one that is the same size and the brand as what exists currently in my laptop.

Laptop is HDX16 that came with Vista.  I upgraded to Win7 before realizing that my Imaging backups were a failure due to bad sectors.  The last good picture I have with Shadow Protect is the system with Vista and is now 3 weeks old.  Meanwhile, I use Norton Security backup feature to back up all my files on a daily basis.   I noticed yesterday that Win7 has a built-in backup feature imagery so decided to see if she would complete successfully and he did.  So now, I have a picture of the Win7 installation as well.

I did system recovery disks for my laptop.  If I read information of HP correctly, when I run the restore, it will automatically create the partitions C & D on the new drive, install the recovery disk D environment and continues to run since that installation of Vista hard disk?  If so, once the operating system is running on the hard drive again, I think I can then move to Win7 yet and then use the recovery feature to copy the image, I made yesterday to the laptop.  Is this correct?  Am I missing something?

Otherwise, my other option would be to run the recovery discs, then use the Shadow protect recovery disks to copy the old image of 3 weeks, then switch to Win7 again and somehow find all the files I have created/changed over the last 3 weeks I want to keep and they copy to the laptop?

Any suggestions appreciated because this is the first time I installed a new hard drive.

Thank you.

JO Anne

Hello

It may be faster to simply restore the image of Windows 7 that you have created the new hard - to do this, you'll need to the Image and a Windows 7 repair CD (you should have been prompted to do this after you have created the Image of the system).  The link below is a guide detailing how to restore an Image of Windows 7 on a new hard drive.

http://www.howtogeek.com/HOWTO/7702/restoring-Windows-7-from-an-image-backup/

Kind regards

DP - K

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