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Installing a new HD will I have to re-install windows?????

I think my HD is bad. If I purchase a generic HD will I have to install a new copy of widows??? Or can I just pop a new HD in and go???

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    JDTec May 11, 2010

    you need to run the recovery cd's that came with your unit.

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Be forewarned:
The recovery cd option will install a default 'factory load' on the new hard drive. You will still be in need of, at least, data transfer from your old HD. This will be a particularly difficult challenge if you have a lot of custom software installed or you have several GB's of data.

If this is a desktop with another available drive bay you can simply mount them both (master/slave, or cable select - see computer mfg website or WIKI if you are unfamiliar with those terms)

Regardless, look at options that will allow you to host both HD's simultaneously, so you can mirror/migrate data directly from one HD to the other.

You may want to invest in an external chassis that allows you to mount the new drive via USB or eSATA port (depending upon what's available on your computer). These solutions range in price, but allow you the flexibility of using this solution on desktops or notebooks.

If you are lucky you might find an external drive that includes the same HD type that your computer uses.

As for transfering data:
For simple data migration you could use Microsoft's free utility SyncToy 2.0.

Microsoft's UDMT (User Data Migration TookKit) allows you to transfer all User Profile related personalized settings and folders.

Software like Symantec Ghost or Symantec Backup Exec Recovery Edition allow you to mirror your old drive to the new one, assuming the suspected damage isn't too bad.

You have a good deal of work ahead of you - Good Luck!

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Install the new drive as a slave, copy the contents of your original using Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image, remove bad drive, change new one from slave to master, should work hopefully!

Any other method will involve installing windows, just remember to back-up all your stuff, docs pics music email etc.

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This depends on whether or not you have your original operating discs, or if you created a set of these from your original HD.(this option is built in on almost all newer laptops and pc's.  If you have these discs than just install the new HD.  then when you switch it on change the boot settings to boot from cd. this will install the operating system on the new drive.  If you do not have these discs, then you will have to purchase a new set set from a retailer. Or check the HP/Compaq support website to purchase the original discs for about $15- $45, entering the model number on the bottom of your laptop.(This option being the easy one since it will include the correct drivers for your model.

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YES YOU NEED TO INSTALL NEW OPERATING SYSTEM AND PROGRAMS.
OR JUST RUN THE RECOVERY CD'S THAT CAME WITH YOUR UNIT

IF YOU DON'T HAVE RECOVERY CD'S BUY OPERATING SYSTEM NEW ONE.. THEN INSTALL IT WITH THE DRIVERS AND PROGRAMS

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No, a new hard drive means you'll have to re-install Windows from the CD's that originally came with the notebook (or a retail copy of Windows as well) and all of the programs and files that you had before.  A new hard drive is totally blank.

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