No. It is a new HP computer that is running either Windows 8 or 8.1. I know what your thinking, because I was thinking the same thing--is it making a set of recovery disks for my hard drive or for the one it is attached to? From what I understand, to make a recovery "disk" for a Windows 8/8.1 computer, it defaults to a usb rather than disks for creation (I could be wrong, but that's what I understand) and the process is different for those systems, too. I attached my hard drive, accessed the local disk (I am well versed on the process to do this now. lol) and then searched "recovery manager". It came up to use the 5 disks to create the recovery media. This process is the process outlined on HP's website for a windows 7 computer, so I am hoping it was for my computer. Only time will tell, though. If I made a recovery disk for the Windows 8 computer, that's ok, too. My daughter will have a set for her computer. Is there any way to tell for sure whether the recovery disks are Windows 7 or Windows 8 by viewing the files on the disks? If not, I will find out when I get the ordered hard drive at the end of the week. If it's the wrong disks, I will just spend the money and order the ones I need from HP.
I did think about finding someone who had a non-hp laptop to access the recovery manager and see if it tells me my one set of recovery disks have already been made, but I can't think of anyone I know that has a non-hp laptop. I figured that if I tried this on the laptop I already used, I wouldn't really know if that message was for my computer or that one.