Purchased a Toshiba satellite L650 sometime in November 2009. It came with 4 GB RAM (not enough key bounce while I posted first, oops :-( ), 284 GB HDD, DVD drive and 2 USB ports, 1 sATA/USB port and all the usual slots.
It came pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium. When I activated the machine, I was asked to choose 32 bit or 64 bit version. Not having access to the Net to make an informed choice, I decided to choose 32-bit for safety's sake. I've since regretted it, for it left 1GB RAM virtually unusable on the machine!
Two questions for the forum:
For that laptop, is it possible to use the recovery media creator and roll back to a 64 bit Win 7 Home Premium OS on the machine ?
The existing HDD is 284GB capacity, and it is showing signs of age. I think it needs to be replaced (soonish, I might add). I am thinking of buying a 1 TB laptop HDD to replace the existing one. Is it possible to use the Toshiba recovery software creator to reinstall the Win 7 Home Premium OS (64 bit) on the new HDD? Or should I use some kind of disk mirroring software (Macrium, Paragon, etc) to mirror the previous HDD on the new one?
EDIT 2a: I should have mentioned this. I have made a media recovery creator on a 16 GB USB pen drive. And yes, my laptop is USB bootable.
EDIT: I typed my title last, and I got a few "possible" threads based on my title keywords. I am also looking at those right now. So, If this thread is already discussed and I missed it, please direct me to the thread.