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Windows 7: new hard drive

24 Feb 2014   #1

new hard drive

I have a Toshiba laptop with windows 7, the hard drive chucked a wobbly and doesn't work anymore, I have the original windows disc and was wondering if I got a new hard drive would I still be able to use this disc. Is windows registered to the hard drive or the laptop

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24 Feb 2014   #2
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Neither, it is registered to the motherboard. If you have the original installation disc, there should be no problem. If you get a new disk, try a SSD. You will be amazed how much faster your laptop will be. Here is a good deal:

PNY XLR8 SSD9SC240GMDA-RB 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) -
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24 Feb 2014   #3
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Everything is here to do a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums.

If the disk you have doesn't have SP1 then be sure to use the latest official installer ISO burned to flash stick or DVD with tool also provided.
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24 Feb 2014   #4

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Yep, that`s a great price on that PNY ssd that WHS linked that I linked earlier in another thread LOL

Just use your disc to install windows and use the COA with your key to activate windows.
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25 Feb 2014   #5

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