Solved Replace desktop hard drive

January 5, 2014 at 03:19:37
Specs: Windows 7
if i buy a new internal hard drive for my desktop computer can I install my origional windows 7 disc to have this as the main hard drive?

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January 5, 2014 at 03:56:15
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"Usually" the drive will arrive with a cd that allows you clone (copy) your current disk (entire contents) to the new drive.

If it doen't come with the disk then "usually" you can go to the website for the your new drive, download, burn to cd/dvd their utility. Then run it as directed in the instructions.

If you decide to build a totally new installation windows... you " may" have to re-activate, but not definitely so. I have changed drives and rebuilt OS etc. anew, sometimes had to re-activate, and sometimes not.

I usually do the activation initially on-line, and if it doesn't go through OK then use the telephone route.

Regardless of how you go about it all... First safeguard all your personal files etc. - off the current drive; typically to dvd. Check the copies are ok as well. Then do the drive change...

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January 5, 2014 at 04:55:08
In addition to reply #1 which is usually the best way, there is another option. If the original hard drive still works and your installation is not badly corrupted, or you previously made a Windows 7 drive image either separately or as part of your regular back ups, you can use a Windows 7 repair disk to reimage the drive to the new hard drive. If the drive is working, go to Windows Back Up section and make a Drive Image of the entire hard drive to an external hard drive (or secondary internal drive). Make a separate back up of your personal files for additional protection. Make a Windows 7 Repair Disk to a new CDr. Put your Repair Disk into your CD/DVD drive and shut down the computer, unplug the computer (if a laptop, remove the main battery also) then switch the drive with the new drive. Start the computer, you may need to 'hit any key' to boot to the repair disk. 'Windows' should start from the repair disk and your repair options should come up. Choose to reimage hard drive from stored image, plug in the drive with the stored drive image and proceed. If the image is an old one and you have a newer back up of your files, restore that back up after the drive is imaged and Windows is started. Update Windows f it was an older image. You should be done.

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January 5, 2014 at 07:59:26
if i buy a new internal hard drive for my desktop computer can I install my origional windows 7 disc to have this as the main hard drive?

Most definitely you can do that. Just remember to set the drive to master and then set the old drive to slave. Remember that by using your disc you will have a brand new installation with no programs and updates on it so you will have to rebuild. As the others suggested, unless your drive is not can clone it and then have that to set up your new drive. The cloning can also be done by using a USB drive....the choice is yours, but if you only use the installation disc, you will have to activate it and there should be no cost for that.....

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