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Hard Drive Fried, How do i install windows to new hard drive.

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Hard Drive Fried, How do i install windows to new hard drive.

mainbass64
Hello, I had been having systematic problems with my hard drive for a while. Whether it be system crashes then a reboot, or what have you, its all happened. Then one day it wont boot past the windows XP loading screen. So I have recently purchased a new 500 gb Seagate hard drive, and I need to know how to install the same copy of windows on to the new drive, without having to deal with activation errors, or invalid codes during registration. So if anyone could PLEASE help me out, i am not interested in saving my data, just installing windows without any legal issues and what have yous. PLEASE and THANKS you help will be seriously needed and greatly applauded.
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    robot682

    You should be able to install the same copy of XP on the new hard drive right off of the XP cd-rom. You may have to call Microsoft and explain that your hard drive went bad but, I doubt it.

    I guess, you could also try making an image of the hard drive using Acronis True image or Drive Image XML (Free on the ultimate boot cd for windows XP)

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    OldER Mycroft

    Just to be safe.

    What size was the drive that crashed? I only ask because you might run straight into problems with the size of this new one.

    What type of drive was the old one, and what type is the new one?

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    mainbass64

    My old drive was 80gb Western Digital now its a 500gb Seagate, and they are the same seek times and rpm.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Be able to 'see' this 500GB HDD, given the leap in size from the factory fitted one.

    Have you fitted and successfully formatted this 500GB drive yet?

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    Jacky Howe

    would prefer to have a working copy to move to another drive. From the sounds of it you are going to have to try a repair install on this drive or the new one when the image is copied over. Doing that may require reactivation. I personally would be doing a new install on the new drive with XP.
    <br><br>
    To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
    <br>
    1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
    <br>
    2. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
    <br>
    Note Your computer must be configured to start from the CD drive or DVD drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD drive or DVD drive, see your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer.
    <br>
    3. You receive the following message on the Welcome to Setup screen that appears: This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:
    <br>
    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
    <br>
    To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R.
    <br>
    To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
    <br>
    4. Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
    <br>
    5. On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
    <br>
    6. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
    <br>
    Note If Windows XP was preinstalled on your computer, and you do not have the Repair option, contact your computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for a repair install.
    <br>
    7. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP. You will have three days grace with a lot of Nags.
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    mainbass64

    If you repair the existing copy of windows on the old drive, how would the end up on the new drive? like if you repair the old one, what would I have to do to get it on the other one. Also whats the administrator's password? I tried my accounts password, but thats not it. And if i repair i need that to access the recovery center.

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    Jacky Howe

    you then take robots advice and clone it to the new one. If the Operating System is XP Home there probably isn't a password but if it is XP Pro then your guess is as good as mine.
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    Jacky Howe

    a valid point, have you made sure that the new drive is compatiable with your Hardware. If you are logging on with an Account that has Admin privelages you can logon with it in the Recovery Console. To do a Repair/Install you don't need to logon. Just follow the instructions that I provided above.
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    robot682

    You should be able to install the same copy of XP on the new hard drive right off of the XP cd-rom. You may have to call Microsoft and explain that your hard drive went bad but, I doubt it.

    I guess, you could also try making an image of the hard drive using Acronis True image or Drive Image XML (Free on the ultimate boot cd for windows XP)

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    OldER Mycroft

    Just to be safe.

    What size was the drive that crashed? I only ask because you might run straight into problems with the size of this new one.

    What type of drive was the old one, and what type is the new one?

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    mainbass64

    My old drive was 80gb Western Digital now its a 500gb Seagate, and they are the same seek times and rpm.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Be able to 'see' this 500GB HDD, given the leap in size from the factory fitted one.

    Have you fitted and successfully formatted this 500GB drive yet?

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    Jacky Howe

    would prefer to have a working copy to move to another drive. From the sounds of it you are going to have to try a repair install on this drive or the new one when the image is copied over. Doing that may require reactivation. I personally would be doing a new install on the new drive with XP.
    <br><br>
    To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
    <br>
    1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
    <br>
    2. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
    <br>
    Note Your computer must be configured to start from the CD drive or DVD drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD drive or DVD drive, see your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer.
    <br>
    3. You receive the following message on the Welcome to Setup screen that appears: This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:
    <br>
    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
    <br>
    To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R.
    <br>
    To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
    <br>
    4. Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
    <br>
    5. On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
    <br>
    6. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
    <br>
    Note If Windows XP was preinstalled on your computer, and you do not have the Repair option, contact your computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for a repair install.
    <br>
    7. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP. You will have three days grace with a lot of Nags.
    <br><br>
    <i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i>
    <br><br>
    <i>If you think that any of the posts that have been made by all TR Members, have solved or contributed to solving the problem, please Mark them as <b>Helpful</b> so that others may benefit from the outcome.
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    mainbass64

    If you repair the existing copy of windows on the old drive, how would the end up on the new drive? like if you repair the old one, what would I have to do to get it on the other one. Also whats the administrator's password? I tried my accounts password, but thats not it. And if i repair i need that to access the recovery center.

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    Jacky Howe

    you then take robots advice and clone it to the new one. If the Operating System is XP Home there probably isn't a password but if it is XP Pro then your guess is as good as mine.
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    <i>If you think that any of the posts that have been made by all TR Members, have solved or contributed to solving the problem, please Mark them as <b>Helpful</b> so that others may benefit from the outcome.
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    Jacky Howe

    a valid point, have you made sure that the new drive is compatiable with your Hardware. If you are logging on with an Account that has Admin privelages you can logon with it in the Recovery Console. To do a Repair/Install you don't need to logon. Just follow the instructions that I provided above.
    <br><br>
    <i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i>
    <br><br>
    <i>If you think that any of the posts that have been made by all TR Members, have solved or contributed to solving the problem, please Mark them as <b>Helpful</b> so that others may benefit from the outcome.
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