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Windows 7: Replacing my hdd... some questions.

01 Jul 2010   #11
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fishnbanjo View Post
It may give you a warning telling you the hard drive was not original to the PC and that you may have to make some changes if you proceed, this happens with drives moved from an OEM provided OS to another with the same OEM maker, I have not tried it with different PC makers so YMMV. It should be able to boot into safe mode and find the correct drivers to run the OS which will more than likely be different unless all the specs are the same as the PC it comes from in which case it would simply boot I have done this with 2 laptops I own that are exact in every way and it worked flawlessly.
do you think it wil give me that message provided my laptop came with vista but i went out and bought windows 7. Im not running an OEM OS, just a clean win 7 install.


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01 Jul 2010   #12
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thomas242 View Post
If you going to use it as the primary drive you are going to have to reformat it because the hard drive controller on you motherboard more then likely is not the same. Unless you are putting it into the same model lap top but even then I reform mat it and start fresh if I was you
hold on. are u referring to when i install the new hdd on my laptop, or if i use the old hdd on a different laptop? If the first case, then wouldnt i just format it when im in the windows 7 install setup?
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01 Jul 2010   #13
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

the 1TB drive is probably going to be thicker than the 320, the length and width will be the same, but make sure there is enough room for the drive or that it matches the same dimensions (height is the dimension I am thinking about here).

Edit: on dimensions, there are also desktop hard-drives which are 3.25 inch. you want a laptop one which will be 2.5 inch
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01 Jul 2010   #14
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaRonRon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fishnbanjo View Post
It may give you a warning telling you the hard drive was not original to the PC and that you may have to make some changes if you proceed, this happens with drives moved from an OEM provided OS to another with the same OEM maker, I have not tried it with different PC makers so YMMV. It should be able to boot into safe mode and find the correct drivers to run the OS which will more than likely be different unless all the specs are the same as the PC it comes from in which case it would simply boot I have done this with 2 laptops I own that are exact in every way and it worked flawlessly.
do you think it wil give me that message provided my laptop came with vista but i went out and bought windows 7. Im not running an OEM OS, just a clean win 7 install.
if the Notebook boot up,You will get the 30 day message.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone
Activate Windows 7 Online

With new lic key.
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01 Jul 2010   #15
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5200 RPM SATA Mobile: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

would a hdd like this be fine in terms of compatibility?
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01 Jul 2010   #16
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaRonRon View Post
Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5200 RPM SATA Mobile: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

would a hdd like this be fine in terms of compatibility?
2.5 sata HD for notebook, looks OK.

Not go for cheap lic key on eBay.
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01 Jul 2010   #17
gregrocker

 

Before you remove the old HD, remove its product key by running elevated command: slmgr -upk

When you install it in new laptop, it might startup and swap out all drivers, requesting several restarts as this is common now with WIn7's vast driverstore.

Then you can put in the new Product Key from COA sticker on bottom of machine, or purchased retail.
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02 Jul 2010   #18
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Before you remove the old HD, remove its product key by running elevated command: slmgr -upk

When you install it in new laptop, it might startup and swap out all drivers, requesting several restarts as this is common now with WIn7's vast driverstore.

Then you can put in the new Product Key from COA sticker on bottom of machine, or purchased retail.
ok i'll do that. thanks
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03 Jul 2010   #19
thomas242

windows 7
 
 

I was talking about the old hard drive

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaRonRon View Post
hold on. are u referring to when i install the new hdd on my laptop, or if i use the old hdd on a different laptop? If the first case, then wouldnt i just format it when im in the windows 7 install setup?
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03 Jul 2010   #20
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

DaRonRon,

I'm late in to this, but is cloning a reasonable approach for your situation:

CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISK
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disk button
CREATE AND RESTORE A SYSTEM IMAGE
CREATE A SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP
START | type Backup your computer | Enter key
In left-hand pane, select Create a System Image
select where you want to save the backup | Next
Select the drives you want to backup | Next
Start Backup button
Finish button after completion


RESTORE A SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP
Boot from the System Repair CD you created.
Connect the external drive with the backup image
NEXT button (change language if desired)
Restore your computer using a system image
that you created earlier
radio button
NEXT button
Use the latest available system image radio button
NEXT button
Format and repartition disks checkbox
NEXT button
FINISH button
YES button
CLONE A DISK
Yes, you can use the Create & Restore steps listed above when you want to replace your hard disk with one of same or larger size.
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