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Windows 7 clean install nightmare


wams
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Hello everyone, sorry i have not been on for a long time, but ive gone and done something rather foolish, as the saying goes "dont try and fix anything that isnt broken.

Ive have a Compaq Presario CQ60 with Windows Vista for just under 4 years, so I decided to opt for the upgrade to Winsows 7. During that time after reading many posts advising to do a clean install I opted for the upgrade, ever since it ran extremely smoothly no problems at all.

During that time I have maxed out my external drive and drive C. Yesterday I decided to clean out both drives and transfer all personal data and programs to external. For some foolish reason I decided to do a clean install on laptop.

I have 2 drives drive C and drive D the installation asked to to choose a drive to fully install W7, I chose drive C. I have never ever touched drive D as it says recovery drive and I presume it will still hold vital vista restoration components, drive D shows 1.40 Gb out of 10.6 GB, but when I click on the drive and click recovery folder it has nothing in the file, so im wondering how its taken up up so much drive space, slightly puzzled.

When the clean install finshed I noticed that the clean install has taken up more drive C disk space more than when I upgraded 3 years ago, now im gutted as ive got less disk sapce and no activation key. Is there anyway I can reinstall Vista? using the untouched drive D and upgrade Vista again to W7 to regain more space on drive C. I do have Vista recovery disks that I created on day of purchase or is my only option to purchase a W7 activation key? and if thats the case if I buy a new key how can I recover disk space using disk mangement?

Now W7 is installed its running slower than when I installed the upgrade? I will very much appreciate your advice and guidance

Thanks in advance Wams

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Im struggling to find a new sata hdd, and i dont trust buying products on the web.

i read that sata 2 is backward compatible, is that true? and can i use sata 2

I cant find any motherboard information?

Processor: AMD Turion dual-core RM-72 2100 Mhz, 2 core(s), 2 logistical processor(s)

Bios version update: 18/08/09

SMBios version 2.4

I have no idea if the above info helps.

If anyone knows of any reputable online sellers or wholesalers, that would be great.

I know im going through all this trouble getting a newer HDD, would i be better of using my current HDD due to age of laptop?

thanks

Wams

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Sorry everyone found everything I need on line.

The simple fact was I was not looking hard enough!!

Many thanks to all who have provided support, very much appreciated!!

Merry Xmas

Wams

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