Laptop troubleshooting forum: Samsung laptop - new hard drive issue

by: Natkaforce February 28, 2013 8:38 AM PST

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Samsung laptop - new hard drive issue

by Natkaforce - 2/28/13 8:38 AM

I have a samsung q330 laptop, lots of important files and applications on it - windows 7 os. A few weeks ago I started getting a warning that the hard drive was going to fail soon, so I backed up all my files using the samsung recovery solution 4 onto an external hard drive that I had. I then purchased a new hard disk drive and took out the old one and added the new one. I thought it would be a simple case of booting with the new hard drive and pressing f4 to access the samsung recovery solution and then copying the files that I had saved on the external hard drive to the new hard drive I purchased. However when I press f4 on booting I get a message saying "operating system not found" which is strange as I should be able to access the recovery solution without windows. Any ideas why this might be happening (Incidentally I can press f2 on booting to access BIOS information and the laptop does read that my new hdd is present). I have since put back in the old drive again and it is still functioning but i would like to replace it with the new one - I don't have any recovery disks or copies of windows operating systems - I was under the impression that all this could be done using the samsung recovery solution and my external hard drive - can anybody shed any light on

a) why am i getting the operating system not found message on pressing f4 after installing new hdd

b) any alternative solutions for me to back up my current files/applications and move them to my new hdd if samsung recovery tool continues to be a pain in the ass


thanks a lot guys

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