Installing a Windows Recovery Disc?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by iSoap, May 4, 2009.

  1. iSoap macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2008
    Okay, so I'm using a Windows Vista Recovery disc originally packaged with a Toshiba computer to install Windows Vista on my iMac in Boot Camp. Before starting installation, I'm asked the question whether I want to proceed as the entire contents of my hard drive will be wiped... Is it only going to wipe the contents of the Boot Camp partition or actually the whole original hard drive, OS X etc? Thanks for any help.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    First, you need to follow the directions for Boot Camp very carefully
    The board is littered with threads where folks have nuked their OSX partition
    I would recommend printing the directions and following them explicitly

    Second, if I am not mistaken, you cannot install using a recovery disk that came with another computer
    My understanding is that you will need a full retail version
    But I'm sure others can shed some light on that

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. iSoap thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2008
    Okay, just seemed worth a try because I managed to install XP a while back with a recovery disc. But I'll take your advice, because it does look as if the disc is going to decimate the hard drive.
    Thanks for the info.
  4. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2009
    Most recovery discs are specific to the equipment manufacturer, and sometimes even to a particular model, and generally will not even begin the install on another piece of equipment. You can try to use it but it may not work at all; or, like HP's Pavilion recovery disc, it wants to create an image of the HDD as it was when it left the factory which will wipe out everything on your HDD in favor of Vista.

    If you can get your hands on a Vista upgrade disc, it has all versions of Vista on it so you should be able to use as an install disc; when prompted, you can then use the product key from your Toshiba product and, ultimately, Vista will phone home to validate with the mothership. Of course, you cannot use the same product key for the Toshiba and your Vista install on the Mac.

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