How can I trick the recovery media into taking a smaller hard drive?
I picked this machine up under one condition: Remove the hard drive; take the rest of it with an AMD A10-5700/12GB RAM. I intended to use this for parts, but it has a lot more potential then I originally anticipated being present, even if it’s a Win7 licensed system.
However, the problem is when I tried to do the recovery with the factory image DVDs I got with the system, it expects a same or larger hard drive - in this case I got a p7-1227c H2L95AAR, so it was a factory 2TB machine. I know it usually isn’t much more to get a 2TB and it will be fine, but after the coronavirus passes I may be able to get a 500GB-1TB drive at a pretty steep discount - possibly cheap enough it may be viable to try and make it work. I tried with an 80GB drive (7200.10) and it didn’t take - but that drive is also 1,920MB smaller so it was more of a $0 attempt if anything.
Is it possible to use a 1TB drive and get the CyberLink recovery tool to take it, or do I need to buy a 2TB drive due to the media being being impossible to trick?