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Windows7 recovery partition

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Original Windows7 Home Premium installed on 160GB hard drive on Acer Aspire 5517.

Upgraded to 500GB hard drive along with Acronis True Image 2014.

Attempt at upgrading to Windows10 failed horribly, forcing reinstall original 160GB drive to regain use of original Windows7.

Object: find and use Windows7 recovery partition on 500GB hard drive.

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William, welcome to these public User Forums.

If your intent here is to upgrade your 160GB drive with Windows 7 to a larger 500GB drive, then you can do this by using ATI 2014 to create a full Disk & Partitions backup of the 160GB drive to an external backup drive, then remove the 160GB drive from the notebook and replace it with the 500GB drive.

Note: you will need to create the ATI 2014 rescue media and test that you are able to boot the notebook from this media, as this will be needed in order to restore the disk backup to the new drive.

See KB 59877: Acronis True Image: how to distinguish between UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot modes of Acronis Bootable Media

KB 44353: Acronis True Image 2014: Creating Acronis Bootable Media

KB 44746: Acronis True Image 2014: Restoring Disks or Partitions