Solved Do i need a new windows 7 when changing to a new hard drive?

June 12, 2013 at 00:09:03
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premiuim, 8gb
I have a faulty hard drive that is slowing up and it is only like 3 months old, it makes buzzing noises and so on, It also has a virus which i am working to remove. So im going to buy a new HDD but I am unsure on if I need to buy a new windows 7 disc for the new hdd or if i can just transfer w7 without the virus being tranferred

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June 12, 2013 at 05:07:20
The key is registered to your computer; changing the hard disk doesn't alter that (although changing the motherboard would) so the key should still work. If the OS is giving you messages about the disk failing (which is new information to us) then indeed it is doing so. Make use of the warranty to get a free replacement.

The virus problem is a red herring; you need to replace the disk because it is failing, not because you had a virus.



#1
June 12, 2013 at 00:35:37
Buying a new hard disk to get rid of a virus seems a little like overkill. Or has the manufacturer agreed to replace it? If you just clone the old disk to a new one the virus will travel with it. And if you buy a new Windows 7 DVD you can just install it on the existing disk. What happened to your original Windows 7 DVD (or does your manufacturer not supply a recovery utility)?

The buzzing noise is unlikely to be a hard-disk problem. More likely it's related to the PSU, or is just a loose screw somewhere. Rather than buying a new hard disk try to locate the source of the buzz.


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June 12, 2013 at 01:34:40
The buzzing is from the hard drive, The HDD is faulty and should be immediately replaced. It is not constant buzzing but you know its the hard drive because it comes from the HDD. I have the windows 7 disc with me right now. Ive been told to replace the HDD anyway not because of the virus, which i have just successfully removed. So do I have to use my old HDD to put W7 onto my new HDD?
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#3
June 12, 2013 at 02:52:43
As the hard disk is only 3 months old it will still be under warranty. You should get a free replacement if you contact the vendor, and the disk is indeed faulty. As you have a Windows 7 disk you do not need the old hard drive to reinstall it, but you will need to copy any data that you wish to keep off the old hard drive (bearing in mind that it may be infected by the virus you had).

The advice that you have been given - to buy a new hard drive because of a virus infection - is very bad advice.


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#4
June 12, 2013 at 04:15:07
Perform a hard drive fitness test on the drive. You will need to perform that test before an Return Merchandise Authorization will be issued.

How did you determine the sound is coming from the hard drive? A mechanics stethoscope can do that. Everything in a computer case is so close together that just listening with your bare ear may not be reliable.

Below is a link with sounds that failing hard drives make.

http://www.datacent.com/hard_drive_...


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June 12, 2013 at 04:54:02
IJack: I was given the advice that my hard drive is faulty and it is unreliable and may fail at any time, From a computing company face to face. The virus has only just popped up recently and as I have stated earlier it has been removed from my computer through anti-virus programs. And my computer tells me that I need to back up my stuff as my HDD is about to fail, coming from my processor

OtheHill: None of those sounds match the sound, also I found out the sound was the hard drive as i opened my case went to my HDD, unscrewed it and held it in my hand as it was running and it made the noise. It is a toshiba and none of the sounds match mine remotely besides the last one which is still quite different. It used to do it every 30 secs - 5 minutes and when the click happened my comp would freeze up for 3-4-5 secs.

Now im still not understanding the answer for my question being:
Am I able to "lets say" chuck out the HDD without backing it up or anything. Put in my brand new shiny HDD. Turn on my comp and install my Windows 7 Disc that has been used with another HDD. My verification key has been used already so do I need to buy a new windows 7 or can I just use the Windows 7 disc i have?

Thanks for the help


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June 12, 2013 at 05:07:20
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The key is registered to your computer; changing the hard disk doesn't alter that (although changing the motherboard would) so the key should still work. If the OS is giving you messages about the disk failing (which is new information to us) then indeed it is doing so. Make use of the warranty to get a free replacement.

The virus problem is a red herring; you need to replace the disk because it is failing, not because you had a virus.


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#7
June 12, 2013 at 05:46:51
If your computer came with restore disks then you will use them to perform a factory restore.

If you wish to, you could perform a system image (backup) to multiple DVDRs or an external hard drive. Then you can perform a restore using the backup. The advantage is that you will not lose anything or need to re-install anything. You also need to create a Windows repair disk. This is needed to run the restore on the new hard drive. Both of those operations can be found by going to: Start> Control Panel> Backup and restore.

If your computer did not come with a set of restore disks then you should have made that set yourself. If you have not previously done so, you should still be able to do that. See your manual for help with how, as the process varies with the brand and model.

If your hard drive is failing I suggest you address BOTH the above projects before it is too late to do so.

As ijack indicated, your copy of Windows is keyed to your computer. Changing the model of the motherboard is the only component that may stop you from reusing the original Windows. Hard drives will eventually fail, that is why you need to restore set and the image.


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June 12, 2013 at 05:56:04
Thank you very much for your patience and help ill get onto all of this straight away

I want to give two best answers but I cant so ill just leave it blank

Thanks


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