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Reinstalling Windows 10 on New Hard Drive

Q: Reinstalling Windows 10 on New Hard Drive

Hey guys. I've got an HP Pavilion laptop that seems to have a messed up hard drive. Automatic repair failed, and I can't run sfc /scannow because of missing files. I was able to run chkdsk, and it came up with a lot of errors, missing files, etc. I'm assuming bad HD. I plan to replace the hard drive, but not sure how to get Windows 10 back on the new drive. There is no product key on the laptop, and, obviously, I can't get into Windows to find the key. Is there a simple way to do that that I'm missing? Thanks in advance!

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Preferred Solution: Reinstalling Windows 10 on New Hard Drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Reinstalling Windows 10 on New Hard Drive

It appears you have a solution at your post at bleepingcomputer

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/680477/reinstalling-windows-10-on-new-hard-drive/

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Hi, I have a Windows 7 Professional, lately I've been having some problem with it and I thought it was time to do a little refresh and restart everything from scratch.
I was going to use that tutorial : Clean Install Windows 7
But then I realised that I had 2 hard drive, a SSD (C: Drive) & an HDD (My D: Drive).
Since I want to completely reinstall Windows on my SSD & completely wipe out the HDD I'm not too sure how to do it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Reinstalling Windows 7 - SSD/HDD 2 Hard drive

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

You'd want to unplug the hard drive to make sure the boot files aren't derailed to it during install.

Other tips here to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 are the same for retail.

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I am upgrading my hard drive in my dell laptop.  How do I get a copy of Windows to install on this new hard drive?
Thank you
Peter Spano

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I recently reinstalled windows xp and found that both my second hard drive and dvd-rom drive are not recognized under either device manager or in my computer. Both are recognized in the BIOS. Before reinstalling xp both were recognized. Please help. Thanks.
 

A:hard drive & dvd-rom not recognized after reinstalling windows xp

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To understand my problem, you need to know a little about the history of my PC.
i bought my PC last September and about a month later, everything failed for no particular reason, and my hard drives were wiped clean. Originally, my windows, (windows 7 64 bit), was installed on a hard drive with over 1 TB worth of space. when the problem was fixed, my windows was installed onto my SSD, which only has 20GB worth of space. This means that space was incredibly limited, meaning that i could barely do anything that i wanted to.

After trying to reinstall windows onto my 1TB hard drive, it failed at the last possible minute, saying something like, windows cannot configure itself to run on your system. Which bring me here. If anyone has had this problem, or knows a solution to the problem, i would be very grateful.
And if it helps, here is the link to my PC, detailing the Specs that my PC has - The iReign
Thanks in advance.

A:Trouble reinstalling windows onto another hard drive.

For installing to your 1tb HD Drive.
As the Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Motherboard has a uEFI BIOS.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

For uEFT BIOS setup: Check the Gigabyte manual.

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I have ran out of warranty on my dell system. My hard drive is being WACK. I am wanting to restore it's warehouse defaults(or w/e you want to call them). I'm not sure which disk i need(i have a good chunk).

Problems that are occurring with no disk in drive of any sort is when I go to load up windows it has an endless cycle.
1. Dell loading screen
2. Boot menu
3. Diskette drive 0 seek failure screen (f1 to continue; f2 for setup utility)
i click f1
4. Boot menu
5. Windows loading screen

then back to dell screen.

No floppy drive, and I have a dvd and cd drive.
Boot Sequence is
1. Onboard SATA Hard Drive
2. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive
3. Onboard IDE Hard Drive
4. Onboard or USB Floppy Drive

Operating System:
http://support.dell.com/support/top...rt_central?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=FNKVF61

that's about it, i'm pretty sure I have the right disk to install somewhere, but not sure which one. Can anybody help?

Thanks
 

A:Wiping my hard Drive and reinstalling windows xp

According to the link you posted, your computer has a recovery partition. Click the following link, choose windows xp, then try the directions they list in step 3.
https://support.dell.com/support/to...ype=&os=&component=&lang=&doclang=&toggle=&dl
 

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Ok, I used microscope diagnostic tools to wipe the HD of a Dell Optiplex GX400. All is fine like it usually is when I wipe hard drives, but now when it boots I can't get it to load the windows XP disk I have (I know the disk works, I've used it several times, even made a new copy of the file I know works). I get two options initially, press f2 for setup (which does nothing to help me) and f12 for network boot which just takes me to the screen it goes to next automatically. At this screen I have two options, f1 to retry boot and f2 for setup, no matter what I do it doesn't seem to work. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks!

A:Reinstalling Windows XP after wipeing hard drive

When the F2 for setip option is offere press F2
Locate the boot priority & set it to boot from the CD drive first.

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Hi there,

I have an Acer Aspire 5610 laptop. Windows died recently and if I use the Acer recovery program I will lose the contents of my hard drives - something I am very keen to avoid. So I got my hands on a Windows XP Pro CD and have installed Windows. The problem is now I cannot for the life of me get it to recognize my Maxtor USB external hard drive. I've installed every little thing I can find on the Acer/Intel/Microsoft/Maxtor websites etc but still nothing. I've tried uninstalling the USB ports and reinstalling them - still nothing. I've checked device manager to see if it's recognized but not mapping correctly - it's not in device manager. I went into my BIOS to ensure that USB was enabled and it's not an option in the menu (I have PhoenixBIOS). I have tested the External Hard Drive on other PC's and it works fine. When I plug it into my notebook it plays the sound to say it's recognized a USB input and then the USB symbol displays in the Task Bar with the Message "Device Not Recognized" - what can I do to get this to work - I've spent 26 hours so far and nothing has worked and it would take me forever to back 120GB onto DVDs! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
 

A:USB Hard Drive not recognized after reinstalling Windows

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Ok here is the scenario. I have 2 Hard Drives. The Main one is split into a 20 gig C: Drive which I keep windows XP on and an 80 gig D: drive which I keep games and such on. Then I have a second hard drive which is E: and has 80 gigs on it. I also got 2 DVD/CD drives that are F and G. Now here is my issue. I want to reformat/wipe the partiton with just Windows XP on it and reinstall XP clean on that. My problem seems to be when I do that, my 20 gig partion always ends up being something other then C: once windows is installed and Windows XP won't let you change the drive letter where the OS is stored. So basically the closest I can get it, removing the power cable to the 2 burners and the 2nd hard drive. But I still end up with my new 20 gig boot partition being D and it makes my old D the new C:. If that made any sense, does anyone know a work around? Thanks

Howard
 

A:Reinstalling Windows XP on Hard Drive with 2 Partitons

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I have recently gotten fed up with how slow my computer (E-Machine) is running and decided to try to make it go faster. It has been suggested that I backup my hard drive and reinstall windows, the only problem is that I don't know how.
I have 2 hard drives and it has been suggested that I put all of my information from one hard drive onto the other and disconnect the empty one and then reinstall windows on it.
How do I back up, and how do I reinstall?

A:Backing up the Hard Drive and Reinstalling Windows XP

Well, the first question is what do you want to back up?

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I need to replace the hard drive on my Inspiron 13-5323.  It came with the factory "injected" Windows 8 on the motherboard. I subsequently upgraded to Windows 8.1, then Windows 10.  With no Windows disk and no product key, how can I reinstall Windows onto the new hard drive?
Illinichip

A:Reinstalling Windows 8 (or 10) after replacing hard drive

The product key is embedded in the UEFI BIOS it will automatically be input with Windows 8.1 (with update 2 media) or Windows 10 TH2 installation media. Follow the instructions here to download and create a Bootable USB (for UEFI BIOS):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1RkaknDn7v-Ucth4gt0U3BHVSY7oNkWr
http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-windows-10-oem-and-retail-iso/

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Hi, My computer didn't work anymore. I brought it to a tech guy who told me the hard disk was dead. He replaced it and he installed windows 7 on it. It turns out it is an illegal version of windows 7. Since I bought a windows 8 licence with my computer, I'd like to install it back on my computer. How can I install windows 8 back ? Best,

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My neighbor has an old Windows 7 (6 or 7 years old) computer that is booting slow. I cleaned up all the malware and ran chkdsk but it continues to run slow. I suspect a failing hard drive. He doesn't want to loose a lot of old apps that he has no re-installation media so can I clone his HD to a new one and will that solve his issues of slow boot?

A:old hard drive, replace without reinstalling windows?

Are you gonna clone to a hard drive or an ssd ?

He might as well get an ssd, the Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB is inexpensive and works great.

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 250GB | Samsung Solid State Drives

You can use Crystal Disk to check the hard drive.

CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World

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I am buying a new hard drive for my laptop because the hard drive was broken and needs to be replaced, if i put a new hard drive in and install windows will i also need to install all the drivers, BIOS/hardware and launch applicationos? Thanks in advance!

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* My old hard drive is starting to give up and I want to find out the best way to restore Windows XP without losing the date on the 1TB Drive.

My old 200GB hard drive Partitions are C, D, E, F, G, H

My new 1TB hard drive Partitions are J, K, L, M, N, O This drive only got my backup files etc but does have any installed programs.

Iíve attach a link to a screenshot of my Hard Drive Layout http://www.iforce.co.nz/View.aspx?i=ktmpqyx4.jpg

I havenít installed anything on the J drive because this is where I would like to reinstall windows only rename the J drive (Win) as reminder notice. If I go ahead and unplug my old hard and make my new hard primary drive will I lose my entire partition layout on 1TB drive?
 

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I am buying a new hard drive for my laptop because the hard drive was broken and needs to be replaced, if i put a new hard drive in and install windows will i also need to install all the drivers, BIOS/hardware and launch applicationos? Thanks in advance!











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A:Reinstalling Windows with new hard drive - Model: ...

I found the solution, this website lets you download all the drivers so you can manually put them on, thanks anyway mate













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Hello, I purchased a HP Pavilion laptop last year for work and school. It has run perfectly up until yesterday when it froze unexpectedly. I waited for about half an hour to see if it might work itself out, as I had several programs running at once. With no results, I performed a hard shut down and left it off for about two hours. Upon attempting to turn it back on, I was stuck on the HP boot screen for nearly an hour. I turned off the power and tried again. Sometimes I would get stuck on the boot screen, and sometimes it would show that it was preparing automatic repair, then the screen would go blank. Also, the system recovery menu through the F11 key was not functioning, so I did a System Quick Test and received a Hard Drive Short DST failure. I plan to purchase a replacement HGST 5K1000 1TB hard Drive from the manufacturer; however, my warranty expired last month, and I'm unsure how to reinstall the OS, (factory installed with Windows 8.1 then upgraded to Windows 10), once the new hard drive is in place. I never made an HP System Recovery Image, and I'm low on funds, so I'm unable to contact HP directly. Please help. I'm a student and I work from home, so I'm at a loss without without my system. 











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A:Reinstalling Windows 10 OS after Replacing Hard Drive

If you wish to reinstall Windows 10, then that is the easy part and free.  From what I understand, once the upgrade to Windows 10 was completed, then you can clean install Windows 10 from the M$ site.On a working computer, go to the WINDOWS 10 DOWNLOAD, scroll down to the purple "Download Tool Now -64Bit"  click on that at let it do its thing.  Then on the next screen, pick " Create installation media for another PC", and then which media you wish to use DVD or USB flash.  Once that is created, install Windows 10 on the PC in question - when all done it is activated.

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I recently bought a laptop with Windows 8 and have erased the hard drive while trying to install another OS (not a good move, I know). This caused problems and now I'd like to re-install windows 8, except I have no way of doing this without knowing my product key, which I cannot access through my computer now. Is there a way to re-install windows 8 without having to purchase it again?

A:Reinstalling Windows 8 on an empty hard drive

Does this laptop have the UEFI BIOS?

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I have a desktop with 150 Gig hard drive. I had to reinstall Windows XP b/c I had a virus that I couldn't get rid of.

Before reinstalling I only had ~1 free gig (149 were used). Now after reinstalling, obviously all of my data is gone, but it is still showing that I only have 1 or 2 free gigs. What is going on?

If I go into my C drive there is no trace of any of my old documents or any of this mystery space that is being taken up.

But what is weird is that if I go into my program files folder, all of the software that I had installed before reinstalling windows is still there (and I can still start up that software). But none of it shows up in my start menu. And when I log into windows, no other users are available... What's going on???

A:Missing hard drive space after reinstalling Windows XP

did you re-format the harddrive as a part of installing windows xp again on the harddrive?

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I bought a hard drive about two months ago and havent installed it yet. Sure hope it works because if not I'm just screwed. lol. But the reason I havent installed it yet is because I really can't afford to buy another copy of windows or another copy of office 2007. So is it possible to add a new hard drive without having to install Windows all over again?
 

A:Solved: Hard Drive Install Without reinstalling windows

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This problem started with a bad driver file from my printer. I was able to get my desktop to work, but it has crashed my laptop.

I have been trying to reinstall operating system (XP) on my Compaq Presario V2000. I deleted the partition and did the slower version of the formatting the partition. It game back with an error message that there was a partmgr.sys driver error. It suggested to disable the BIOS memory options by starting up in safe mode. I had no idea how to do that, but when I was there ran the hard drive self test and came up with test error #1 - 07 fail. I also reloaded the setup defaults for the PhoenixBIOS.

How do I fix this problem (the self-test and ultimately getting my computer to accept the reinstall)?

Thanks!
 

A:Hard Drive Self Test Error #1 - 07 Fail & Reinstalling Windows XP

To fix the self test you need to replace the hard drive. That's the whole point of a self test, if it fails it means your drive is bad.
 

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Hi, I recently purchased a Dell Xps 1340 laptop that came with windows 7 32 bit professional. After a few months, I needed to wipe the hard disk, and so I did. Before I did, I extracted my product key with a program that I downloaded off the internet. I got the following information:

Windows 7 Professional
Product Part No.: X15-37377
Installed from 'OEM' media.
Product ID: ******* match to CD Key data
CD Key: *********
Computer Name: ***-PC
Registered Owner: ***
Registered Organization:

Anyway, I had a RETAIL windows 7 professional disc, and I installed this onto my dell laptop. However, it keeps telling me that my product key is wrong when I try to activate. I have tried both 32bit and 64bit

any idea why this is happening? is it because I'm using a RETAIL windows 7 disc? If I try a dell oem disc, will that work with my product key?

thanks

A:Reinstalling Windows 7 after hard drive wipe - product key incorrect?

The Key that came with your dell is OEM and you should use a dell restore disk.

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hello everyone.i bought a dell xps 15 about 2yrs ago. recently the internal hard drive died so i replaced it with a toshiba hard drive.but i cannot reinstall genuine windows 8.it shows error 0x4001100200001005. is there any way to solve this issue? 

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I need to replace the HD for my Dell Inspiron One 2305. When It comes time to reinstall Windows I am unsure what to do. Do I just grab any Windows 7 64 bit OS Installer from the web and input the serial that is on the back of my computer? Will that also install all the appropiate Drives. Btw, here is the HD I am getting to replace the one on ebay. Is this the right one?

1TB Hard Drive for Dell Inspiron One 19 One 2020 One 2205 One 2305 One 2310 | eBay



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A:Reinstalling Windows on New Hard Drive for Dell Inspiron One 2305

  
Quote: Originally Posted by TJGOA


I need to replace the HD for my Dell Inspiron One 2305..................Do I just grab any Windows 7 64 bit OS Installer from the web and input the serial that is on the back of my computer? Will that also install all the appropiate Drives. Btw, here is the HD I am getting to replace the one on ebay. Is this the right one?

1TB Hard Drive for Dell Inspiron One 19 One 2020 One 2205 One 2305 One 2310 | eBay


No.

You don't "just grab any Windows 7 64 bit OS installer from the web".
You grab a specific installer from here:

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life

Which one?

The one that matches the version mentioned on the sticker on your PC.

For instance, Windows 7 Home Premium English 64 bit is 58997.iso

The Product Key on your sticker is good for either 32 bit or 64 bit.

Burn the ISO to a disk, install from the disk, activate with the 25 character Product Key on your sticker.

Do you see the 25 character Product Key?

No use proceeding if you don't.

Drivers: the ISO you burned will supply most, maybe all drivers you need. As a precaution, I'd go to the Dell web site before I began and download the Dell drivers, but I would not use them unless I had problems. Put them on a USB stick or something in case you need them. The Ethernet (NIC) driver is most important as it will be needed to establish an Internet connection.

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The hard drive in my HP Envy Recline 27 is failing during reboot. First, I was getting Windows stop codes referring to FAT_FILE_SYSTEM and then it would reboot again the stop code would refer to NTSF_FILE_SYSTEM.  I  tried to "repair" it , but the message came back that nothing was able to be repaired. So then I ran diagnostics on the hard drives and they failed too. Here is the failure ID 60EEK1-6SD8HW-9XMNXF-60R303. Everything I read tells me that my hard drive is failing and I  should back up any files that I  don't want to lose.  How am I supposed to do that when I can't get windows to boot up?  I am buying 2 new hard drives, 16 GB SSD, and a 1TB SATA.  These are duplicates of what was originally installed in my computer.  2 questions..1) Any idea on backing up my files if windows won't boot?2)Since my computer originally came with windows 8.1 and I upgraded to windows 10.  How do I reinstall windows on these new drives. I don't have any media for windows 8.1 or 10.  Thank  you in advance for your assistance.

A:Reinstalling Windows after hard drive failure ID 60EEK1-6SD8...

> Everything I read tells me that my hard drive is failing and I  should back up any files that I  don't want to lose.  Agreed, > How am I supposed to do that when I can't get windows to boot up?  Note that "booting" requires your disk-drive to correctly supply an exact sequence of files.However, if the disk-drive is mounted as a "slave" disk-drive (meaning that you have booted from a brand-new disk-drive after installing Windows to it), it might be possible for the disk-drive to correctly supply ONLY the files in your 'Documents' and 'Pictures' and 'Music' and 'Bookmarks' folders -- that's a different group of files than those "required-at-boot" group. > I am buying 2 new hard drives, 16 GB SSD, and a 1TB SATA. > These are duplicates of what was originally installed in my computer.  Instead, I would buy a 64 GB SSD -- while you *might* be able to install Windows 10 onto a 16GB drive, many people in this forum have reported that the monthly Windows Updates have consumed "everything" on a 32GB SSD, such that Windows Updates fails to apply the latest updates.  So, start with 64GB. > my computer originally came with windows 8.1 and I upgraded to windows 10. > How do I reinstall windows on these new drives. I don't have any media for windows 8.1 or 10. Access: http://support.hp.com   and enter your model-number.It's possible that HP will offer to sell you a copy of the original ... Read more

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"C" drive is showing in my computer but the "D" drive is not showing anymore after reinstalling windows

A:second hard drive icon "D" disappeared after reinstalling windows

Post a screen shot of the complete Disk Management window.

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My c: drive stopped working, so I installed a new drive, copied a lot of files from back up, and I think merged some Registries. I had my old Virtual XP machines working, complete with their programs installed. Then I did "one more thing" to the
Registry and crashed the newly installed Windows 7 and had to start over. This time I decided I didn't want to add a lot of garbage from my backup and old Registries, so I just copied needed files. However, now I can't get Virtual XP to work. I've run the
system check file, and it says my system can handle virtual machines. I've checked Windows Features, and it has a check mark for Virtual PC. When I install Windows XP (WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe), it completes the install, but, when I click to open it with Finish,
it says it can't.  When I try to install Virtual PC from Microsoft's current installation page (Windows6.1-KB958559-x64-RefreshPkg.msu), it says it isn't compatible with my version of Windows.  I found the original Virtual PC file from backup
(Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu), and it says it's already installed.  The Windows Virtual PC folder says it's empty.  When I click a previous machine that opened before, it tells me there is no configuration file.
I have Windows 10 on my AUSU Windows tablet and purchased Windows 8 for my laptop, so I am not just trying to get out of upgrades here!  :)  I have a flatbed scanner that won't run on any system higher than Windows XP, and I ha... Read more

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I currently have OEM version of Win 7 installed on an SSD. I plan on reinstalling Win 7 on a hard drive and using the SSD for samples for my recording system (a better use for the SSD in my application).

The question, since I have an OEM version, will I run into problems activating it with the different hardware (the hard drive)?

A:Reinstalling OEM Win 7 on a different Hard Drive?

Hi,

Nope, there should be no problem at all - with OEM's its the motherboard that counts.

Good reference for the install if you need it:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Regards,
Golden

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i brought a new drive and installed a hitachi 80 G drive in my insprion 8200 dell lap top. but now having power problems so I resited the memorys and still blank screen power comes on but doesn't do anything. both lights are green 100% battery power. before I installed new drive it had a error not booting up on blue screen and froze so tried xp reinstall repair but didn't work so I got drive on ebay.any help would be great!
 

A:reinstalling new hard drive

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I have a four year old Dell with Windows XP Media Center Edition. I want to put in a brand new hard drive and do a clean install of Windows on it. I contacted Dell, but they'll charge me $60 to even talk to me since the warranty period is over.

Somebody told me that there's a partition that has the OS install on it that I can put on a USB drive or CD and then put that in with the new hard drive. I want to be fully sure that is the best way of doing this. And if so, how exactly do I make that bootable disk?

Thanks.

A:Reinstalling XP on new hard drive (without CD)

what model dell ? right click my computer --> manage --> disk management will show you if you have a restore partition on the drive.

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Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

So I installed a 2nd hard drive on my PC. It's not in RAID mode or anything, I installed it because of the number of times I have heard that you should not keep your data on the same drive as your operating system. Also my original drive was full.

My PC has been running XP for a little over 2 years now and while I am still not seeing the BSD (Blue Screen of Death), I have installed and uninstalled numerous programs as well as saved and deleted large amounts of data and I feel that my system is starting to have slow down issues - especially when booting.

I would like to reinstall XP to get that new PC feel again.

My question is how will this affect my 2nd hard drive? Most of the data on the 2nd drive is backed up on DVD or portable hard drives, so if it wipes that drive too, its not a total loss, though it would take me quite a while to dig everything up and reinstall it.

Basically, I'm hoping someone could tell me: "Cerberus049, while reinstalling XP could delete the data on the 2nd drive - and good for you having your data already backed up - it probably won't. You'll just have to tell windows to find the drive again."

Any hope of someone saying that?

I did find an earlier post from 2 years ago here on this site where moderator linderman said:

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A:Help reinstalling XP on PC with 2nd Hard Drive

The easiest and safest way is to disconnect the second drive for the reinstallation . . connect it back after the O/S is installed, updated and protected

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Hello. My laptop has accumulated a multitude of faults since I last reinstalled XP many years ago (about 2 years ago), so I have decided that it needs to be done again.

But, although my new CD/DVD drive is recognised by Windows, it is not recognised by my BIOS, and my BIOS cannot be updated. And the original drive was broken, and is no longer in production. Quite a predicament, I think you'll agree.

Instead of being given a Windows XP disc with my computer, I was given two "reload" CDs. According to the woman in the shop (PC World (never again!)), Windows XP is stored on a some kind of hidden partition, and these discs transfer it to the main drive. But I have never noticed a second partition, only C:\\.

Anyway, to cut a long story short...

Because my new CD/DVD drive isn't recognised by the BIOS, I can't use the reload discs to reinstall Windows.

According to the BIOS, it can be booted by CD drive (not recognised), floppy disc (not supplied), TCP/IP (?), and hard drive, so I was wondering, could I just reinstall Windows from a partition on my hard drive? Without using any CDs or floppy discs? How would I go about doing this? Could I just save a Windows XP disc or the "reload" discs on a partition on my hard drive as an ISO? How would I get the BIOS to recognise this during startup?

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A:Reinstalling XP using only the hard drive?

Hi Dan, Welcome to TSF

As far as I'm aware, a fresh install of XP formats your HDD before installing again, so I don't think you will be able to install it from your harddrive, even if it's a partion.

As for your copy of XP, because it's from your PC, you'll find that it has a clause that it can not be used with any other machine. Unless you have you registration key's of your laptop, you might not be able to use that disk.


You can install it from a 2nd Harddrive, if that's an option for you.

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hello, sorry if i sound a bit naive about this. i was going to reformat my pc because its giving me headache lately. the hard drive is the original and its got the old style connection to mobo (not sata). what i want to do is buy a newer, faster hard drive with extra storage and then do a fresh install of xp onto that. i have a legal copy of xp, though how many times can i use it? i think i've used it once or twice before to reformat. thanks.

A:reinstalling xp on new hard drive?

you just install your drive and format and install

you may have to phone microsoft to activate it only takes a couple of minutes if you do

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Hello. My laptop has accumulated a multitude of faults since I last reinstalled XP many years ago (about 2 years ago), so I have decided that it needs to be done again.

But, although my new CD/DVD drive is recognised by Windows, it is not recognised by my BIOS, and my BIOS cannot be updated. And the original drive was broken, and is no longer in production. Quite a predicament, I think you'll agree.

Instead of being given a Windows XP disc with my computer, I was given two "reload" CDs. According to the woman in the shop (PC World (never again!)), Windows XP is stored on a some kind of hidden partition, and these discs transfer it to the main drive. But I have never noticed a second partition, only C:\\.

Anyway, to cut a long story short...

Because my new CD/DVD drive isn't recognised by the BIOS, I can't use the reload discs to reinstall Windows.

According to the BIOS, it can be booted by CD drive (not recognised), floppy disc drive (not supplied), TCP/IP (?), and hard drive, so I was wondering, could I just reinstall Windows from a partition on my hard drive? Without using any CDs or floppy discs? How would I go about doing this? Could I just save a Windows XP disc or the "reload" discs on a partition on my hard drive as an ISO? How would I get the BIOS to recognise this during startup?

I have Partition Magic and real copy of Windows XP from my other (desktop) computer. I also have a ethernet networking cable connecting my laptop ... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 model and the hard drive just died last week. I installed a new one, but now I need to reinstall the OS (Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit). The problem is that I bought my laptop with the OS already installed and it did not come with a physical disc for installing Windows 7. I do have a product key on the bottom of the battery port. However, I have already tried downloading Windows 7 from the Microsoft store (using a different computer), and using my product key brings up an error that directs me to contacting Dell. Something about the OS having been installed in the factory. Which brings me here. I am not super computer savvy and have been looking for a solution for a week now. This is the second time something has killed my computer in the last six months and I'm just tired of it. I would buy a new copy of Windows 7 if I could find it for a good price but it's hard to even find a copy with a product key. And I have the product key on my laptop, so I feel like I've already paid for the OS. I've also seen recovery discs for sale that say they will reinstall the OS, but they do not come with a new product key and I don't want to buy something that will have the same error that I encountered while trying to download it from the Microsoft store. What can be done here? I just need to get my pc running again. Thank you guys.  

A:Reinstalling OS after a hard drive crash

I believe you can request a Windows 7 Recovery media from Dell. Try calling them but I believe you are out of warranty so you might be paying the Recovery media.

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I'll try to explain my situation the best i can.

A few weeks ago my laptop got a virus and after some works i got it to work fine again. I decided update the laptop's service pack. After installing it the laptop will not load as a it says "!!0xc0000034!! and because of this you cannot not access anything. From looking online the main advice is to reinstall the operating system. I am trying to do this with a XP installation CD but once it loads it tell me it cannot find a hard disk drive.

How solve this without being able to load the laptop fully?

Any help on how to solve this would be great and i am willing to answer questions in needed.

Thanks for reading,

Alex
 

A:Cannot find hard drive when reinstalling XP

Is that XP installation CD - SP1.
Is the HDD in the computer SATA.
If so therein lies the problem.
It may also apply if the CD is SP2.
Does the laptop have a floppy drive.
TRY THIS FIRST

1. On start up press F2 to enter BIOS

2. Expand the "Drives" section

3. Go to "SATA Operation"

4. Change this from "RAID Auto/AHCI" to "RAID Auto/ATA"
 

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My old hard drive is failing bad). Takes 2-3 minutes from boot up before I can even open internet explorer or any app and the app icons are all white squares until then. Can?t play Battlefield 4 without freezing and hearing beep beep in the background as if Windows has just had a new drive plugged in. Ordered a new HD and coming tomorrow.

So if I replace my C failing drive(I assume its that one which has my OS on it thats failing) and reinstall W7 and not my D Drive(Seperate HD) which has my steam and origin games on it, will the steam and origin games still work or do I have to reinstall those too?

A:Changing Hard Drive and Reinstalling W7?

Steam may have some issues when it begins to look for the game files themselves.

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I am having some major problems with reinstalling Windows XP. When I run through Setup, it will not detect my hard drive. I know my hard drive is correctly connected and all that. I cannot figure out what to do.

What I have done so far is go into a DOS prompt using a WIN 98 boot disk. I then ran FDISK and created a new partition. I then formatted that new partition. Now, Windows either says it doesn't read my hard drive or it gives me a BSoD.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Reinstalling Win Xp Problems W/ Hard Drive

Hi wemibelec90 To install XP even if its an upgrade go in Your bios, and change Your boot section to CD, Hard Drive, and floppy last ,save and exit bios, reboot Your system with the XP CD at startup Your screen will be black saying to just touch anykey ''keyboard'' the installation will begin You will need a legit older CD version of Windows 95 98 will do, put this just put this in Cd wen asked wen You get to where You want to install XP You will see Your partition or older version of Windows choose delete these partition 's' after XP will format Your drive and will reboot do not touch the keyboard as it reboots at the install XP choose witch partition You wish to install it if only one You will choose all of Your Hard Drive space , just follow the prompts Have a Nice Day

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I have a Dell XPS 400 with Windows XP MCE. This computer has been used quite a bit for a few years and is now slow. I have deleted all the programs that are unnecesary, but it is still slow. I have run CCleaner (including the registry) and defragged, and nothing. It just doesn't run well anymore.

I have the reinstallation disk for XP MCE. If I buy a new hard drive, will I be able to reinstall without Microsoft giving me a fit? Its the same hardware (cept just added some more ram), but I would like to reinstall on a new hard drive while still being able to keep the data on the current one.

Is this possible?

Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Reinstalling XP on new Hard Drive

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I will be reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling xp. It would be so nice to be able to have all my settings and passwords installed at the same time. Where would I get them?

A:reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling xp

Do you have the password for the admin account?

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I have a Gateway FX4710-UB003A.
When I first started it, the computer worked perfectly. Extremely fast and not many problems. I am running a 64-Bit Vista OS. Recently, I got a virus and I decided to clean out my entire hard drive. The computer came with an Operating System Disc. On the disk it says "WARNING: This process erases all data and files from the hard drive." It told me that I should put in the CD, restart my computer, and follow the directions. I did as it was told. My computer comes with a 640 gb hard drive with 580 gb of usable space. I wanted everything to be deleted. From the looks of it, everything was deleted but the problem is it says that my computer only has 450 gb of hard drive space. That was how much i had before I inserted the CD. Did I do something wrong? If 130 gb are being used, then how come none of the programs are there? I don't know what I should do. I want all 580 gb of hard drive space back but don't know how to do it. Please help me out. Thanks.
 

A:Need help cleaning out hard drive and reinstalling OS

Did you run a full reformat? Or setup the drive with the drive manufacturer's setup software?
You can have the result you report if you do not remove the partition and start over with a new format, a normal part of VISTA setup.
 

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Hi

I have just upgraded my PC and it comes with a SATA hard drive , now i used to reformat ok using a IDE hard drive but i have heard that i need a driver on floppy so i can install the OS if any thing goes wrong .. i Have Windows XP SP2 OEM .

Thanks
Rich
 

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My computer is driving me crazy, it is way slower than it should be, I get errors all the time, pretty much nothing works like it should. So I thought I would wipe my hard drive and reinstall windows. I got my windows disk out and it asked me for the serial number, I looked everywhere and I cannot find my s/n. I don't even know what its on. I have a dell 4500 and I have the owners manual out, but it doesn't have the serial number in it anywhere. I have reinstalled windows once before, but I don't remember where I put the s/n. I know its on that certificate of authenticity, but I have no idea what the c of a is on. I have a bunch of paper cd cases from dell that have the driver cd's but I can't find the one the windows disc came in. I have been looking on the internet for a way to recover the s/n, and I found one place that said it could be done, but you had to pay for the answer, so I came here. Is there any way that I can recover my serial number, and if not, could someone at least tell me what to look for, if the s/n is in a manual or on a disc case? I promise I have a legal copy, if I didn't I would just use one of the hundreds of serials I found on the internet, but I want to use the one that came with my computer so I don't run into any problems. If anyone knows of anything to help me out please let me know, Thanks.
 

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Hi,

The question is basically summarised in the title of this thread. I have two external hard drives, both usb, and a 50GB internal hard drive in my laptop. I am running windows XP. I would like to partition my internal hard drive so that I have program files and operating system files on one side and data the other. I have moved all my data files off the hard drive onto the external. So the only files left on the internal are system files, XP and of coursethe programme files.

Is there any way I can make a partition on this drive without having to reinstall windows xp and all the programmes? Read somewhere that maybe Partition Manager could do it. What do you think?

Fiona

Great forum by the way! Have sent url to all my mates, including one who is having major hard drive crisis after a virus...
 

A:Partitioning hard drive - possible without reinstalling windwos XP?

Acronis Disk Director or Partition Magic can do the trick.
 

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My secondery disk (2-year old, 60GB, IDE, transferred from my previous machine) started making really bad noises. It took me a couple of weeks to come to terms with, but finally (after it got to the chainsaw stage) I made backups, disengaged the elec. pin and went out and bought a brand new, SATA drive (my motherboard is IDE/SATA compatible). However... I suddenly realised I've forgotten to back up my most important data (the music library ).
Hoping for the best, I reconnected the old disk, and turned the computer on. First two tries - the dreaded clicking sound, Windows comes up but no second hard drive, just "click-click" sound affect. Third try - starts promising, disc working (noise and all), start-up sequence gets all the way to the "boot from disc" option - and then nothing, black screen. I tried again, a couple of times, but the result was the same.
Anyone has any ideas? I have a large part of the music backed-up, but a lot of it isn't (including all of my ripped vinyl collection). TIA
 

A:Problem reinstalling hard drive disk

Take the drive out and stick it in the fridge for an hour so so, then try again.
This might introduce condensation on the drive as it heats back up, but I've had fair luck getting data off an otherwise dead drive by cooling it first, then blowing a fan on it while recovering data.
 

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Hi all,

I have problem with fresh instalation of XP.

I have Acer TravelMate 5310, and Hitachi hard disk isn't recognized in XP set up. I can see it in BIOS, but when instalation starts it says that there's no hard disk installed. I've search for solution on internet, and found some tutorials for making new instalation CD with hard disk drivers integrated, but I'm not able to find drivers for my hard drive. Btw it's Hitachi HTS541680J9SA00 - (S1) Can u help me plz?
 

A:Solved: Reinstalling XP, but XP set up don't recognize my hard drive

You are having this problem because you are using XP on a PC that has a SATA hard drive. XP does not support SATA drives so you need to install the drivers during the installation.

You need to go here: http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/notebook/tm_5310.html
Then select Drivers and Utilities and download the "F6 Intel SATA HDD Driver Floppy Utility" That needs to be put on a floppy disc and when you see the message "to install third party drivers press F6" during the XP set up, click on F6 and put the floppy into the drive.

It seems quite strange that Acer supply a floppy disc version of the driver when the laptop does not have a floppy disc drive, but there is a way around this problem. Go here for directions to extract the drivers from the floppy disc download.
How to extract the SATA drivers from a floppy disc download

Then follow this guide to integrate the drivers into a copy of the XP installation disc.
Slipstream XP with SP3
At instruction 9 also click on the Drivers button and follow the prompts to include the SATA drivers. You do not need to include sp3 but this will save a lot of time downloading updates after the installation is complete.

Follow this to help with the burning of the ISO file.
Please download ImgBurn
Install ImgBurn and start the application. Select the top left hand option to burn image file to disk and then on the next window click on the small yellow folder icon and browse to the ISO file you created. Then click on the t... Read more

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