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Installing DELL Windows XP SP1 cd onto new hard drive.

Q: Installing DELL Windows XP SP1 cd onto new hard drive.

Hi. A few days ago my hard drive crapped the bed so I bought a new one. I was wondering if I should do something different than what I was gonna do. I have the original Dell Windows XP SP1 cd that came with my Dell computer. I am going to install it on my new hard drive. After I do this should I go to and download the SP2 or should I do something different altogether? I just wanna make sure I have all the windows security updates on the new hard drive.

A: Installing DELL Windows XP SP1 cd onto new hard drive.

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Hi. A few days ago my hard drive crapped the bed so I bought a new one. I was wondering if I should do something different than what I was gonna do. I have the original Dell Windows XP SP1 cd that came with my Dell computer. I am going to install it on my new hard drive. After I do this should I go to and download the SP2 or should I do something different altogether? I just wanna make sure I have all the windows security updates on the new hard drive.

A:Installing DELL Windows XP SP1 cd onto new hard drive.

That sounds fine to me, but do you have a broadband internet connection? SP2 is pretty large for dial-up. After you install windows, go to and make sure you download not only SP2 but all available updates and patches.

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Hi People,

I am an IT Administrator.

We have a Dell Server Poweredge R310, of which the hard drive (wd5003abyx-18wera0) running on a custom OS from a product needs to be formatted to Windows 7. Now, When on the screen for the format, It says "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 3 (which is the Hard drive from the server).

I know for windows to be installed, the Hard Drive needs to formatted as NTFS.

What I cannot find out is the current format for this Hard Drive.

Can any experts help me on this ?\

Much Appreciated

A:Windows 7 not installing on Dell Hard drive

If the hard drive is installed on a computer.

Start Orb
Right click Computer
Select Manage
Select Disk Management
It should state there.

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Our 580 MT is 6 years old so time to instal a new Hard Drive before the original shows any signs of failing.
I have a Seagate 1 TB SSHD to become the main drive (& keep the original - now 6 year old - HDD in place as a Data Drive), 
My plan is to put the new drive in the second Bay, clone the Drive, & then simply swap the SATA cables so the "new" drive becomes the Main drive without having to alter anything in the BIOS
Of course this requires a third SATA cable attached to the Motherboard
I checked inside the Tower today, & as should be, two of the SATA sockets are in use, (Numbered 1 & 2)
Sorry for what might be a Dumb Question, but although the sockets marked 1, 2, & 4 are black in colour, number 3 is white - is there any significance to this?

Thanks in advance for any answers!

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Hello, All.

I'm in the process of repairing and making a bunch of usable used computers for financially disadvantaged families for Christmas. In this regard, one of the computer "bones" recently acquired is a Dell Dimension E510 with the hard drive missing.

I have put a new herd drive into this Dell Dimension E510 computer and I also have. a Dell Win XP w/SP-2 CD disk that came with the machine.

I want to install the Dell Win XP OS from this disk and I'm wondering if I have to do anything special when booting up from the CD and doing a new install of the OS (and Dell Utility files?). For instance:

1. May (or should?) I format the new HD as an single partitioned HD and, if I do, will the Dell Win XP disk automatically handle the formatting and the creation of the hidden partition for the Dell Utilities? Or, during the formatting process, must I reserve (create?) some small amount of space for a hidden partition for the Dell utilities and then the installation process will install Win XP in the main partition and the Dell Utilities in the smaller hidden partition?

2. Once the hidden partition is created, what are the Utilities/programs that Dell installs into this partition and how is the hidden partition accessed once it is installed?

3. Any other suggestions or hints in these regards would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks you in advance for any help and assistance you might offer in these regards.

Mike Sturgeon

A:[SOLVED] Installing Win XP on new hard drive in a Dell

and welcome to the Forum

1. May (or should?) I format the new HD as an single partitioned HD and, if I do, will the Dell Win XP disk automatically handle the formatting and the creation of the hidden partition for the Dell Utilities? Or, during the formatting process, must I reserve (create?) some small amount of space for a hidden partition for the Dell utilities and then the installation process will install Win XP in the main partition and the Dell Utilities in the smaller hidden partition?

One partition is fine . . you do not need a partition for the Dell Utilities

2. Once the hidden partition is created, what are the Utilities/programs that Dell installs into this partition and how is the hidden partition accessed once it is installed?

No need to worry about the utilities . .

3. Any other suggestions or hints in these regards would also be greatly appreciated.

You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here:

Dell Operating System Redirector | Dell

After you have the Operating System instaleld, install SP3 then all drivers

I like to get the newest drivers from Dell:

You can go to the Dell support site, enter your Service Tag Number and download the drivers. Be sure to use IE and do not use the Dell Download Manager!

Just download the driver file, save it to the desktop and double click to install

On the list of drivers, click on the driver file:

Then the download button here:

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I have a Dell Dimension 4400 and I needed to know if there was a step by step guide somewhere showing exactly how to remove the old hard drive and install the new one?

I am useing an old system and I don't have any systems like adobe or anything like that to read instructions and because this system that I am using now is so old, I cannot download it either.

I thought I saw a website somewhere that gave step by step instructions including pictures but I don't remember what it was.

I have already installed new RAM but I have NO CLUE on where to begin when installing the hard drive and I don't want to mess anything up. The only thing that I remember is that I will need a phillips screwdriver

Any help would be appreciated!



A:Installing hard drive in Dell Dimension 4400

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I have a Dell inspiron 580 i3 64 bit and may order a Del xps 8900, both are desktops. I would like to know if I can take the hard drive out of the 580 and put it in the xps then use it as a D drive and still get win7 from that drive? Would then like to switch to win10 when needed? Probably a stupid question but asking anyway. Hey, thanks for any help you can offer. Hollyrock2

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I have a corrupt HD, so I'm planning on replacing it.
But I have been told if I do that I must also buy a new OS. As the disk that came with the computer is specific to the hard drive in it, or something to that effect.
Is this true, or will the disk that Dell sent with the computer work to install the OS once the new hard drive is in.
I'd hate to get a new hard drive in, just to find out that I now need to buy a OS as well.
Thank You

A:Questions about installing a new hard drive in a Dell Inspirion N7110

Hi welcome to 7F

you can use the disk as many times as you want to reinstall the operating system on the same computer even to a new hard drive

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I have a new barracuda sata hard drive that i am trying to install in a dell dimension 4400. i needed the PCI sata host controller card which i have...installed the drive, turned it on and it won't boot. Is there something else I need?

A:Installing SATA Hard Drive in Dell Dimension 4400

OK, if I understand your post you installed a controller card and now the system will not boot.

What happens when you disconnect the drive and attempt to boot the system with just the controller card [no drive connected to the card]

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Upon removing the bottom panel on my Dell Studio 1747 notebook to install a second hard drive, I found there is no drive bay or connector present for the second hard drive. The hard drive came with nothing more than itself. What should I do?

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Hello everyone.  This is my first post with a question.  I searched the forums and didn't see anything quite like it.
I have a Velocity Micro computer with a RAID hard drive (in case this matters) on which Windows 7 Professional is the OS.  I've forgotten the RAID number designation, but it's the one in which there is no data redundancy.  Both of the two physical disks (1 TB each) must be in place to form one usable drive, which has a 2 TB capacity. At least that's my understanding.  Again, this may not matter to my question, but I wanted to mention it because I'm concerned it could.
The computer also has 12 GB of RAM and a 6-core Intel processor, for what that information is worth.
A year or so ago (after using the computer for at least a year), software that had worked fine slowly began to fail, one by one.  I'm not sure of the order, but they include...
-Windows Update wouldn't download anything or even notify me of updates anymore
-WinTV stopped working; I could no longer record TV shows
-the Windows program that monitors whether I have security software running or need backups or updates vanished from my tray
-BOINC 6.10 kept giving me a message about zero status but no finished file, or something like that
-BOINC 7.0 wouldn't install
-Weather Watcher could no longer be double-clicked to open
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A:installing Windows 7 on a new hard drive; old hard drive is RAID

All your symptoms point towards malware in your old Wodniws OS.
There is no reason that you could not use your RAID array as your storage and boot off another drive, seems perfectly logical as there is no need for RAID with a Win OS as Winsxs.sys already exists within. Yes you change the boot order in the BIOS, set the cd drive first, then point the installation at the new disk which will default to C:\ No need to remove the RAID array, which will appear as additional storage. You may need to install drivers to get this to function correctly.
You could of course back up your data to another drive and re-install you rOS on your original disks...
Up to you.

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Hey all, somehow my 1TB hard drive was wiped out and I've lost 930GB worth of files from the past 8 years. I don't have any backups (stupid me). My hard drive contains lots of family vacation photos and videos, old school projects I'll need in the future, and loads of other really important stuff. Here's what happened.

-This hard drive (lets call it Drive A) was Truecrypt encrypted. It contains all of my files.

- I had to send back my SSD (that contained my operating system) for warranty. No big deal, I simply wiped that out and mailed it back.

- I had a spare 500GB hard drive (lets call it Drive B) that I decided to install my operating system on. I launched the Windows 7 installer, clicked on the few partitions this drive had, and hit "delete" to wipe them out. I clicked on the unallocated space, and installed the operating system on it.

- When I went to boot my computer, it worked fine. I went to mount Drive A, when it gave me an error; "Cannot mount volume. The host file/device is already in use." I checked in Disk Management, and saw that the drive appeared to be completely empty (apart from about 100MB). I used a 3rd party file explorer to see that the drive contained a bunch of weird files like "$upcase", "$badclus", "$boot", and dozens of other files all being named something with "bootmgr" in the name. This made me become extremely concerned.

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A:Hard drive appears wiped after installing Windows 7 to another drive

Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
It is possible that you did wipe the hard drive with your saved things if you had that hard drive hooked up when you installed Windows 7.

It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.

Post one of these so other members can see what is what.
Please use this method to do so.

BY Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Has anyone found a solution to this problem yet?

Dell T7400 with RAID: bluescreen when installing Windows XP 32-bit
Please help me with installing Windows XP on Dell T7400 with H/W RAID controller on 4 15k SAS harddrives. When installing windows I hit F6 to add optional RAID drivers and load this drivers using floppy drive, but Windows crashes anyway. The same is without loading optional drivers.
I have the same problem. Trying to install the XP with a Dell provided CD (green Reinstallation CD with SP2) doesn't crash Windows, but it doesn't find any hard disks and can't continue.

A:Solved: Dell T7400 with RAID: bluescreen, or no hard disks when installing Windows XP

Problem solved!

I downloaded the LSI SAS1068 driver from the LSI site and used that in the installation process.


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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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I have a dell M5110 with a normal hard disk of 500GB. In order to speed up the machine I want to fit a 128 SSD (Pretec SATM128G-CMM) on which I want to do a clean Windows 7 install. As I want to have sufficient capacity to store all my files I want to install them both at the same time.
Unfortunately I'm unable to get Windows 7 to boot correctly from the SSD. Ay help would be very much appreciated.

1/ Using an adapter I installed the SSD in the optical drive bay.
(FYI: Replacing the 500GB disc by the SSD and fitting the 500GB disk in the optical drive bay is feasible, but requires surprisingly much effort)
2/ I downloaded Windows 7 ISO via the Microsoft service center => SW_DVD5_Win_Pro_7_64Bit_English_Full_MLF_X15

3/ As I have no optical station anymore; I "installed" the iso file on a USB key using the "Windows 7 USB DVD Download tool"
4/ I plugged the USB key in a USB 2.0 slot and started the install (language select > new install > select SSD > start install)
5/ Everything goes well until computer tries to reboot again after "completing installation";
Then I get an error "Windows Boot manager"; Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. If you want to fix the problem: ...
File: \windows\system32\winload.exe
status: 0xc000000e
info; the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt."
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A:Issue installing Windows 7 on SSD in optical drive bay Dell M5110

Most options to convert optical drive port to HDD are for DATA drive only.

Check your Dell manual.

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Hi all,

I want to install a second copy of windows 7 on an internal HDD.

I have inserted the windows disk, pressed F11 an selected `boot from dvd.

when i get to the screen where it asks which drive I want to install to, only my C drive with my existing windows is showing??

The hard drive is visible in windows, formatted & marked as active, but as I say windows install wont recognize it. I have tried the other SATA ports (except the one running my main version of windows).

please help!!! & thanks in advance.

A:Installing windows on a second hard drive

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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Well my old hard drive with 750 GB burned down. So i took out a other hard drive with 80 GB. I am currently running on Windows XP. And i was thinking to re-install Windows 7. Is it ok to install it on 80 GB? Or will it have performance issues?

Check systems specs for more information.

NOTE: Hard Drive is not SATA or PATA. Its IDE

A:Installing Windows 7 on 80 GB Hard drive

yap that's ok..for the hard disc 80Gb, more important for install windows 7 i think is memory but your memory is 2Gb. that's should ok.
and you can check this Windows 7 system requirements - Microsoft Windows

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A:Installing windows 7 on a new wd 1tb hard drive

Welcome Thuwar to TSF.

Perhaps a bit more information might help.

Are you trying to boot from a Windows 7 installation disc, and it freezes just as it is showing the windows logo?

Is this the only hard drive in your system? (Does it have an Operating System already on it, or is it a new system all together)?

Also, if you are installing with a disc, where did you get the disc? Is it a retail edition of Windows 7 or?

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A friend of mine was talking about master/slave drives, but I don't know how that works. Can someone please enlighten me?

A:Installing Windows on a second hard drive

If you really want to do this faster and not read a bit then I would just use a linux live cd.

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Anyone out there maybe help??? i need to install a second new hard drive on my pc which has windows xp O/S, the installation aint causing a problem, but when its all connected....wot do i do next? I know i might sound thick, but im only just learning...
any help would be gratefully appreciated. Preferably direct me to a good website, or step by step instructions...

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Basically I'm looking to get some functionality into my PC again for reasons relating to my other thread, so the quickest way I feel to do this for the time being at least would be to install a 2nd Windows XP just on a different partition...

I'm looking for some advice on how to do this... and also if it is possible to maintain certain things like the files that appear on the Start Menu and the desktop etc etc...

A:Installing Windows XP On 2nd Hard Drive

Copy these folders from C:\Documents and Settings\%CurrentUser%\ ...

Application Data - will save settings for apps you have installed
Cookies - Save your logins and other cookie junk
Desktop - Save whatever is on your desktop (you will have to re-link any shortcuts to installed programs, however)
Favorites - Saves your IE favories
My Documents - Anything from the My Documents folder

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Hello, first time posting here and apparently I am in a rut that I cannot solve. Trying to fix a friends laptop (HP Pavilion zv6000), got him a new hard drive because of his old hard drive being corrupt. Everything is running fine and all the required disks are in order, until I start running windows xp. The cd boots and the "Setup is loading files(*****)" shindig goes through but then stalls at "Setup is starting windows". I've tried his hp laptop specific disk and a disk of my own and they both stall at the same point. Waited a good 6 hours just in case and still the same results (both are xp sp2).

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I installed Windows 7 a few days ago by running the setup in XP and everything went well enough but I am a little crazy and I want a truly clean install.

I had formatted a partition with NTFS through My Computer and had the files on there and when I booted to it, it started the windows 7 recovery program.

I then used the computer management > disk management. I cleared the whole hard drive. Set up a 10gig partition, formated it in FAT32, set it as active, then put the files on there. Now when I try and boot to it, it just flashes a "_". It hangs there and has to be restarted.

I can't think what the problem is. Any one try this and have similar results.

A:Installing Windows 7 from a USB Hard drive.

Does your BIOS have a setting to boot first from USN?

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I have a single computer at my business that is still working but it has a corrupt windows component store and I have tried different Microsoft FixIt?s, Sfc /scannow and I even tried doing a repair install of Windows 7 but it failed multiple times.
I know I could just do a clean install BUT I only have 1 computer at my business and the software program and sql database that is required for the software is the only thing that keeps the business running.

Is it possible for me to buy a new hard drive and put it in a hard drive enclosure and install Windows 7 and the software program that I use for my business and then just swap the hard drives so I don?t experience any downtime?

I also have the exact same model computer at home with the business software installed already so is there a way I could make an image of that computer and then install that image on the business computer and then enter my Windows activation code that I have for my business computer?

I greatly appreciate any help I can get.


A:Need Help Installing Windows 7 on New Hard Drive

As far as I and most people here know, you can not install windows to an external hard drive.

Doesn`t the business ever close ?

Do the install when it`s closed, like right now for instance.

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Please i need your help!

I am looking to install a second hard drive on my comp (SATA), mainly because i am upgrading my motherboard and cpu... and from what i have heard my existing hard drive will not boot up with the upgrade!

I am pretty new 2 all of this...

How do i go about this?
as of course i do not want too loose anything on my existing drive

Do I boot up and install win xp on the new drive?

Will I still have access to my other drive in windows?

How do i go about this?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

thnx in advance


A:Help Installing a second Windows Xp Hard drive

Why would the exisiting disk drive not work?

Anyway, you can always have 2 (or more) hard disk on the same computer. You need to connect 1st as primary and 2nd as secondary.

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Hi everyone,

I just signed up and this is my first post.

I have Windows 7 Professional on my computer, but long ago it became unbootable and I'm tired of trying to diagnose and fix that issue. I just don't seem to have the time or the expertise. So I've been booting with various Linux distros instead. They serve me pretty well, and the hardware seems to be in good shape.

But I want to get Windows back as well. Recently I've been considering installing it on a second hard drive. (I'd rather not install it on the original drive for several reasons: in case there's something wrong with the drive... because I also have a lot of personal files on the original drive which I'd rather not have to move for a Windows re-install... and because I'd like to have a second drive anyway, for backups.)

So can I install a new hard drive and use my Windows 7 installation/repair disk to install Windows on that new drive, making it the boot drive while the borked Windows is still in place on the older drive? Is there anything wrong with that scenario? For example, would having a second installation of Windows on the same computer cause me any activation issues with Microsoft?

Now assuming that's feasible, what if the original drive is a RAID array consisting of two drives? Does that change anything? The drive containing the non-booting Windows and all my personal files is actually a pair of drives in a RAID striping configuration (meaning the dri... Read more

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Hi just have a few questions about installing windows 7 on a brand new hard drive. Well i actually have a few questions so i will give you a little background first.
1. My hard drive failed on me a couple weeks ago and i was ever so intelligent enough NOT to make back-up cd's
2. I am in the process of ordering a new hard drive and need to install windows 7 on it.
3. the system had Vista home Premium 64
Ok so my questions... What version of Win7 should i order? I want home premium again but i dont think i qualify for an upgrade version because my previous version of Vista is completely inaccessible. So do i order the Builders pack/kit because i am installing a new hard drive? Also any helpful tutorials that may help my situation would be great i checked out the tutorials section and well quite frankly i was lost almost as soon as i started looking >.<

A:Help installing windows 7 on a New hard drive

Normally I would not suggest this, but since your laptop has an OEM license and the OEM is tied to the motherboard of the laptop, There is a way to modify an upgrade disk to run a full install.

Look into this.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Like I said before normally I would not suggest anything like this but technically your not breaking the terms of use just slightly bending

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hi guys,

i'm completing a new build later today, i haven't put a optical drive into the system, and i'm trying to find out how to install windows xp by copying the files to a usb hard drive. is this possible ? i have searched on google but all the techniques seem quite complicated.

i have a usb hard drive (80gb) to which i have copied the files from the xp cd to - could some kind soul please explain where to go from this point?

thanks in advance

A:installing windows from usb hard drive

I'm not the most experienced at this, but I would think that you are not going to get the machine to see the USB drive with the XP files copied to it as a bootable drive. The data will be there, but the drive is not bootable.

So first I would think you would need to image the USB drive with the XP Installation disk, using maybe XX Clone or simiilar.

Then you'd need to adjust the BIOS settings to boot first from USB.

Seems like a lot of trouble, given how simple it would be to (even temporarily) install an optical drive and run the installation.

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Hello all, I have a Dell Studio 1558 which recently had a hard rive error code 2000 I think. I had to replace it today. Replacement went smoothly I think, but now that Im trying to install the operating systems I ran into a roadblock and need some help.

Some background info: I brought the laptop directly from, used the Drivers and Utilities CD which apparently it says it also has the OS for my laptop. Will I need to buy a Windows 7 premium or something or am I just doing something wrong?Any help will be greatly appreciated!

A:Installing Windows 7 on new hard drive?

The Drivers ad Utility disc usually does not contain the operating system. What is usually on that disc is what it says, the required drivers for the laptop and utilities normally installed on the computer from the factory. Is the computer booting to the Drivers disc? what message do you get when you try to boot to the CD? BTW Windows 7 would not be on a CD, but rather a DVD disc.

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It used to be that you could not have a slave hard drive with a winows installation on it, i.e. 2 hard drives with windows files on both. Is there any way to get the windows files completely off my present hard drive, change the jumpers to make it a slave and then install a new version of windows on a new hard drive. I could then use the old hard drive (now the slave) as a source to transfer all my old data files, etc., to my new hard drive after reinstalling all my programs on the new drive??? Just re-reading all this, now I'm confused . Hope you can understand what I'm trying to accoomplish. Thx

A:Installing Windows on new hard drive

There's nothing stopping you from switching your current drive to a slave, installing a new master, then installing Windows to that master. I've done that plenty of times. If you really want to be safe, leave the old drive unplugged until Windows is installed on the new drive, then plug the old drive in as slave.

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I have Windows XP Pro installed on my SONY laptop. It is in English.
I want to install another Windows XP in a different language, on a separate partition.
Can I do this, or does MS Windows demand to be installed on the C: drive?

A:Installing two Windows on a hard drive

Hello marossity, welcome to Seven Forums!

You can install a second XP to the same Hard Disk Drive (HDD) on a separate partition and XP will even configure a dual boot menu but I have not as yet been able to get the second XP to install ac C: so that may cause issues with some installed programs/apps that are hard-coded to look for C: during their installation process.

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Just recently had the NTLDR problem and was unable to solve well actually I solved it but so many other files were damaged I couldn't fix it. I saw another option somewhere and hoping soemone can enlighten me. I purchased the following A new version of xp pro since the guy that rebuilt my computer basically used a borrowed copy from somewhere. I saw somewhere that instead of installing on the c drive but I can install the new xp on my d drive and my computer should be o.k. Does anyone have any input on this?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

P.S. What happens if I was to borrow xp fromsomewhere input the cd key? Can this then be installed on another computer or does once I install the CD key that basically ties my computer to that software?

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My computer contains two hard drive, 3TB and 8TB and the motherboard is P67A-UD3-B3. When I tried to install Windows 7 on each of them separately, it was automatically converted to MBR and their sizes were limited to 2TB. Can it be fixed, meaning installing Windows 7 on each of them without loosing size, or should I consider buying a 2TB hard drive in order to avoid loosing size?

A:Installing Windows 7 on GPT Hard Drive

Why would you want Windows on 2 different disks? What are you trying to do, ideally?

Which of those 2 disks would you PREFER to put Windows on?

Booting from a drive greater than 2.2 TB requires GPT partitioning and UEFI, not BIOS. A system with BIOS cannot boot a GPT disk.

Does your motherboard provide BIOS or UEFI? That's an older P67 chipset so may be BIOS only.

Can you initialize the 8 TB disk as GPT and use it purely as a data disk, with no operating system? Maybe not on a drive that large with a motherboard that old.

Some motherboard manufacturers supply a downloadable bit of software that can work around the issue.

How much space do you need for C? I'd be tempted to buy a smallish SSD of maybe 128 GB and put Windows on it, using MBR.

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I need help on installing windows xp on a new SATA hard drive I bought. I want to use that as my main hard drive, and I'm not sure how to do so. My computer recognizes my new hard drive and I can use it, but I want it to be my main drive. I tried to install Windows XP and in the setup dialog, it doesn't list my new hard drive to install windows there. Is there anyone who can help me? Thank you.

A:Help installing Windows XP on new second hard drive

Well if you want.. take out the hard drive with windows on it and just put the other Hard drive in and do a regular install(** hit f12 , boot from cd** since you wouldnt have a OS on it yet.. then install it, put ur other hard drive it.. specfiy new hd to boot from evertime and it should work.

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my problem is quite a difficult to solve i think..
i have windows vista home basic 32x installed in my lenovo ys10 775843Q
and now i want to install windows seven RC
but the problem is that my dvd drive is not working and i have a pen-drive of only 2 gb there any way to make our one of the hard disk partition bootable so that i can install windows seven through it ?
please help me out urgently as i am being curious to use windows seven

A:Installing windows seven from a hard drive

Hello Bankerrrahul, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You can use a program like PowerISO to open the Windows 7 ISO file and extract all of the files in a folder on your Vista desktop. When done, you can run the Windows 7 setup to install it on a selected drive or partition.

Hope this helps,

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A couple of days ago my old hard drive started giving issues and eventually died. My brand new one arrived today. However, now I'm stuck with no HDD to boot my dekstop from and only a laptop to get Windows 8 onto my new HDD.
Can anyone tell me what would be the best way to go about doing this ?

Any advice is much appreciated!

A:Installing Windows 8 on a new hard drive

To make sure I have clearly understood the situaton: you got a PC with new empty HDD and a fine-working laptop allowing you to download anything from the Net?

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More specificaly i have an iso image on one of my two drives. I want to wipe the primary one and do a fresh install, but is there a way to mount the file during boot or something similar to acomplish this task? Google's only turning up bits and pieces but nothing substantial and most of it is linux related.

EDIT: (Current os is XP and image in question is XP too)

A:installing windows from another hard drive?


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Hi to all, I've just installed an additional hard drive on my pc, I would like to know how ( if possible ) to install a copy of windows 98se on to this drive. The reason for this is that im trying to build a second pc from bits that I've collected from various upgrades and I would like to know that the hard drive was pre-loaded okay so as to eliminate any problems that may arise.

Thanks in advance Alan

A:installing windows to a 2nd hard drive

You would have to switch the jumpers on the drives, making the one you want to install to master, boot to dos prompt and install.

But it really isn't the best idea as installing it on a machine that it's not intended for will load a bunch of drivers that won't work on the other machine.

Your better of just installing windows once you get the other machine ready.

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I have HP Pavillion Desk Top that I baught in 2010. The "hard drive" was failing (imminently) so I installed a New Hard drive - 1 TB - the same as before, bought the right one to replace the old one. Everything seemed to have gone well. And then ...
I inserted my factory recovery disk that I made just before I pulled the old hard drive out, and everything worked right, it installed both disks and was installing windows, but ...
After the disks finished installing and the computer went through 2 more screens with progress bars for installing the computer would reset and try to start windows to finish the set up, when windows was starting it would say windows is installing files, and before it was done,
a screen pop up and said that the setup process can not continue because windows can not load on this computer hardware.
So I tried again and some how when the box pops up with all the choices, I was able to do the PC DOCTOR, thinking maybe the computer is NOT taking the New Hard drive, but the Doctor said everything was ALL RIGHT. Computer PASS all the tests!
And when I reset the computer again, another message pups up but now it says:_
___Windows can not complete the installation process, please restart the installation.
And I did 4 or 5 times with the same response!!!
Maybe my recovery disk wasn't done right? Maybe I have to buy a new "recover disk" from the factory? or buy another Windows 7 ? It Sucks
Now would any one has any suggesti... Read more

A:Installing Windows on a New Hard Drive

Most Hp computers will not accept the new hard drives. If it is not the same make and model of the old one. The hard drive is code into the recovery disks you made your self. This is due to the recovery disks you made are only a image of the original restore partition on your old hard drive. You may need to call hp support and see if their recovery disk will work. I just ran in to this problem . On a old hp I had. Lucky though it came from the factory with two hard drives. So I used the 2nd Hard drive to get it up and running. Then took the new one back where I bought it. GoodLuck!

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Few days ago I installed a hard disk drive from a laptop with Windows installed to a desktop computer with Windows installed as well. I did so since I need to check the laptop HDD for viruses. After I removed the HDD, I could not boot to my desktop. How to fix this?

I have tried to use the Windows repair feature by using my installation DVD, but it didn't work. I kept getting a message saying something like the version of the Windows repair did not match with the version of the installed Windows on my desktop every time I tried to run the Windows repair.

For additional info, I use RAID 1 on my desktop which I set up by using Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The desktop runs Windows 7 Pro 64 bit while the laptop runs Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.


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First of all I know that installing Windows on an external hard drive is far from ideal, and this is only meant as a temporary solution. My SSD died, ordered a new one, seller sent wrong one and have to go through return procedure. I need access to Windows on my desktop urgently, and the only drive I have at my disposal is a 2TB EHD, and my PC will only boot EFI and ACHI.

The Petition Table of my EHD is as below:

I have a laptop with x64 Windows 7 Home Premium in which I've used the fast installer tool here, and followed the instructions:
How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive

However when I plug it into my desktop, and select the drive from the boot menu it doesn't boot

A:Installing Windows 7 to 2TB EFI External Hard Drive

I had this link squirreled away, maybe it will help: How To Install Windows 7 To USB External Hard Drive [Must Read]

Got to learn to read better

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Hi all,

I am trying to reformat my brothers acer laptop and it is proving difficult. I have reformatted many computers so I know what I am doing but this thing is being real stubborn. Trying to boot off the windows CD on his computer was impossible, I pushed a key to boot off CD (like usual) it said setup is inspecting your hardware configuration (as usual) but then after a while the system just restarted and did the exact same thing again, and it just keeps doing this loop.

So, I took the hard drive out of my brothers laptop, slotted it into a 2.5" case and plugged it into my laptop via USB. Using partition magic 8 i found a strange sort of extra partition called PQSERVICE or something, and I thought maybe this was causing the problem, so I deleted it. I then merged the space it left with the rest of the partition and i now have one healthy, reformatted NTFS partition on it.

Next i put the drive back in my brothers laptop and tried again to install windows, same problem, Im thinking its something more to do with the hardware or the BIOS in this laptop now. So i took it back out, put the HD back in the 2.5" case, and tried to install windows to it whilst connected to my laptop via USB. However, it still would not boot off the CD, even on my laptop, so i think the booting thing must be to do with the hard drive. So i started setup whilst windows was loaded, chose "new installation" ticked a box to say i wanted to choose which drive to install windows to... Read more

A:Installing Windows To An External Hard Drive.

Sorry all, not to worry, i found out the problem with not booting off the CD was due to a dodgy CD (scratched). D'uh! Thankfully i had ripped an ISO image of the CD a while ago so i just burned a new one and I am away now.

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Ok i have a fuji-semins laptop Model Li 18181 with windows vista home basic and im fed up with it, vista is slow on and it i dont hink it was meant for the pc althought it came with it. So i got windows xp pro, inserted the disk and when it loaded it said no hard drives foun, how do i install windows xp now if it cant find my 100gb hard drive, im confused as i have installed windows xp in other laptops for friends and never had this problem please help me.

Actual Error Message


A:Installing windows xp, no hard drive found ??

I'm guessing the HD is SATA and you didn't stop the install at the proper F6 prompt to install SATA drivers.. If the pc doesn't have a floppy here's an article that will help.
BTW, have you checked to see if all your hardware has XP drivers available?

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I am about to build my own PC. It will have a Maxtor Sata hard drive. When you are installing Windows XP Pro, do you have to press F6 and install a third-party driver? I was reading this book, and the guy said to do that. I have never heard about that before. Can you just hit install XP and let it do everything? Thanks.

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Yes you need to hit F6 to install a RAID driver. You will be able to get that driver from the motherboard manufacturers website in most cases. The resulting RAID driver that you get will need to be on a floppy, so if you were planning on not putting a floppy in the computer you were building (like many do), you will have to at least have a floppy during the setup process of Windows. Sorry, theres no magic "hit install XP and let it do everything"

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hi all,

Being new to the forum and unsure which forum to post in I have opted for this one as I suppose it's more of an XP thing than a hard drive thing.

Ok this is the situation. I currently run 2 drives in my Dell optiplex GX270, both IDE. A primary and slave drive. I have managed to salvage a SATA drive from a relatives old PC (they bought a new one) which I would like to use in replacement of my 2 existing drives. This situation presents me with a few issues which I will list here -

1. The drive already has an OS installed (XP media centre edition), I currenty have XP pro and wish to install this version.

Will this be an issue? I assume pro would be an upgrade from media centre edition?

2. The new drive came from a non Dell PC.

will there be any compatibility issue with the new hardware? If not how can I find out what drivers I will require for my other hardware i.e. motherboard, disc drives, etc?

I would appreciate some expert advice on these subjects before I go any further, I want to take it step at a time to avoid information overload


A:[SOLVED] Installing windows XP pro - new hard drive

technically you cant upgrade from mdeia center to XP pro because they are virtually identical the only difference being is that xp pro has more networking abilty.

So if you really want xp pro to be running you most likely need to format the drive.

There shouldn't be any compatabilty issues aslong as you have your master/slave settings correct.

Remember that if you format you will need all your motherboard drivers installed after windows to ensure everything will work correctly.

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My friends laptop hd took a dive today, I know that physically replacing the HD is easy (already taken the old one out), I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to run into any issues installing the OS on the fresh drive. Any info will be greatly appreciated.

A:Installing a new hard drive and Windows 7 (laptop)

There shouldn't be any particular problem. Is there anything special you had in mind?

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Mod Edit:  Split from - Hamluis. I am getting the same error when installing it on a brand new hard drive. Anyone have any idea why this is happening>I am getting the following error when installing Windows 7 64 bit.   an unexpected error occured 0xc00000e9 I have a Asus MB model M3A78-em, with 4 gigs of ram and a AMD quad core processor. can anyone help?

A:Error when installing Windows 7 on a 1TB Hard drive

First thing I would do...check the cable connections to the hard drive...remove and then reattach.

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I have bought a new Laptop - Dell Inspiron 5520 . It had Windows 8 64-bit. I want, at best, to install Windows XP, if that's possible. However, I have a feeling that I've made a stupid mistake somewhere without doing the necessary research.
I have wiped the hard drive by using Copywipe from the Ultimate Boot CD that I have. Now I have no Operating System. Here's the situation:
I have a Windows XP Pro (Service Pack 3) ISO that I have made bootable using a small program called WBICreator.
I also have the extracted files as a backup.
I have PowerISO - but my bootable ISO doesn' work even on VirtualBox - it always says that "it cannot load BootMgr" so maybe I'm not using PowerISO properly, I guess.
When I attempt to boot the wiped hard drive, it says "No Boot Device found. Press any key to reboot the machine"...
Please guide me in installing this operating system on my laptop and ask me what details I should provide so that you can help me easily.

A:Installing Windows XP Pro (SP3) on wiped hard drive

Dell drivers for system, .
I see no XP drivers.
To install a different O/S on that would require a different license also, since your license only applies to the Win 8 preinstalled O/S.

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How can I check to see if my hard is in a good condition, I am having all kind of problems loading XP on the hard drive. Can show me how check the hard drive in DOS and Windows.


A:Problem installing Windows XP on the hard drive

go to the maufacturers web site and d/l and run their diognostic program
have you set the comp. to boot from cd first,in the bios and are you booting the computer with xp cd in
you cannot load windows to C drive from within windows

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(You guys said not to have a short thread title)

I want to Install windows 8 on my laptop. Here's my idea:

Pop out my hard drive with all my windows 7 stuff on it and pop in another hard drive, then install windows 8 and hope for the best.

My questions is after all is said and done, will I be able to put my old hard drive back in, and have no problems booting up windows 7 and playing my games and using my programs and what not?

A:Will popping out my hard drive, installing windows 8 on a new one....

yes, that will be ok.

make sure you keep hold of that 7 drive, 8 is a bit controversial, to say the least...

...if you have any questions about 8, check out

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Hi everyone,

This is my first post and i apologize if it is posted in the wrong section. I have recently purchased and new computer with Windows 8. It's running smoothly and I love it, however I am encountering one particular problem which I have yet to find any solution for.

My primary boot device is a 128GB SSD and obviously I want that space for the operating system install and some essential programs (photoshop, fireworks etc.).

My secondary device is a standard 1TB HDD. This is what I want to be my storage space for files, documents and non-essential programs.

The problem - Whenever I try to install a program to my second drive it comes up with the following error

"Error Writing to D:\blahblah\blah\blah.xml. Verify that you have access to that directory"

I have check my permissions in the security tab and made sure that all the right check boxes are clicked. I have made sure to run the program as administrator and I've check to make sure that the directory is not set to 'read only'.

I really don't know what else to do now, so this is why I have joined this forum in hopes of finding an answer.

I would appreciate any advice and I thank you all in advance for your time in reading my post.



A:Installing Programs to Second Hard Drive Windows 8?

Format second drive...

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tried to dual boot linux and windows with partition magic. and magic screws everything up. now i had to wipe the hole thing. but now i cant use the win cd because everytime i press enter nuthin happens.

A:installing windows on a blank hard drive

Ordinarily, a Ws OS CD will start itself. Perhaps your order of running in the BIOS needs to be changed and set for the CD drive to be first. Then when you turn the computer on it will find the OS in the CD drive.


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So basically I'm selling my laptop, and obviously I want to get rid of all my data/make sure it cannot be recovered again. Now I'm a complete newbie but I'm not really sure as to what's the best method to go about doing this.

I was thinking of running DBan to overwrite the hard drive and then reinstall windows 7. But I don't have a windows 7 installation disk. I only have some recovery CD's that PCWorld made for me when I first got my laptop which I think is just a system image so I don't know if I'd be able to use it to reinstall windows 7?

My other option I was thinking of was to just replace the hard drive altogether but again that leads to the question that will my recovery/system images work on the new hard drive?

A:Installing windows 7 after wiping hard drive?

The simplest way would be to just restore to factory settings using the disks provided when you purchased the laptop, check when doing this that it follows usual practice and wipes the disk of all data before resetting the syastem to exactly as it was when shipped from the factory.

this should just be a case of either booting from the recovery disks and following the prompts, or running a program supplied by the manufacturer or PC World, details should be in the documentation supplied with the laptop in some cases you may be given more than one option, some may offer to retain various things you have added, data and applications etc. there should be an option to reset to factory condition, this is the one to choose.

The other advantage of this is that it should leave the system in a licensed state, and when the new user starts up for the first time it will go through the first start routine where they can create a user-name, password etc.

Before you start this process you should of course make sure you have copies of all the data and any disks and software keys for software you may have added whilst you were using the laptop

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I purchased a new hard drive recently, to replace an older one that seemed to have stopped working. I had lost access to the windows 10 disc that originally came with my computer due to a move(I was not able to participate in packing my own things due to being in the hospital) so I purchased a usb flash drive to create a bootable usb to install windows on the hard drive.
I have gone through the process several times, and each time the computer restarts, I am taken back to the initial installation screen and am forced to go through the process again. This is the first time I've actually replaced a hard drive, so I'm not sure how to proceed or fix the problem. I've redone the process of putting the windows 10 installer on the usb several times, using both the windows 10 media creation tool and rufus using a windows 10 iso.
I've double checked to make sure nothing within the computer case was disconnected or loose. I'm not sure how to proceed at this point.

A:Issues installing Windows 10 on new hard drive

Just as the computer reboots the first time during install, pull the flash drive out.

The problem is that your bios is set to boot from USB flash drive permanently as the first device. Bios needs to be set to boot from the hard drive first as priority - and then you manually tell it to boot from the flash drive when you want it to. The workaround to changing your bios settings is to pull the flash drive out just as the computer reboots the first time when installing Windows 10.

If you happen to miss it - when the computer reboots into the first install screen again, just remove the flash drive and restart the computer.

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I installed windows 8 and formatted my SSD to do so, and now Win 8 is on it clean installation.

I loaded up computer, and can't find my 2tb hard drive? It's not showing anywhere.. where has it gone? It shows in device manager but I can't access it.. :(

A:I can't see my Internal 2tb hard drive after installing windows 8, only my ssd

Similarly to the steps below from Ryanbac. 
Once your in Disk Management and you can see your 2nd hard drive, you'll need to assign a letter to it. 
Right Click on the Drive > Change Drive Drive Letter and Paths > Choose a letter. 
Once this is done you'll be find your 2nd or 3rd HDD when you open My Computer. 
If you can't then you'll definitely need to format it. 
Hope that helps :) 

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My computer recently gave me the message when I tried to boot it up that "No bootable devices found". After research I read that my hard drive had crashed and I would have to boot from disc. Atleast I hope that will work, you can correct me if I'm wrong. So I've inserted my windows vista install disc and it is asking me to select where I want to install windows but nothing is showing up. Does this my harddrive is completely shot with no chance of repair? Or is there a way around this..

A:Installing windows after hard drive crash

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Hello I'm taking a hardware class and was ask to submit a question to this web site to get informed with tech blogs. Any suggestions for the question below. Thank you Pfeiffer
I have a 5-6 year old HP/Compaq laptop. I installed a new hard drive and I cannot install new OS. It sounds like it is reading the cd but nothing happens.

A:windows 8 not installing fron new hard drive

I have a 5-6 year old HP/Compaq laptop. I installed a new hard drive and I cannot install new OS. It sounds like it is reading the cd but nothing happens.Click to expand...

What's the complete model number of that HP Compaq laptop?
What's the exact part/product number(P/N) on it?

What's the Windows version and bit version on that disc that you're trying to install?
Is that disc an original retail or OEM one or is it a copied one?

Is the new hard drive recognized in the BIOS setup screen?


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hey..i have a older laptop with no has pentium 100..16 megs of ram and a 733 meg hard had windows 95 but its been formatted and ready for os..i have windows 95 on do i get it onto hard said it would charge 60 to do it..can i take hard drive out..which is done pretty easy on this model..and use my desk top to load windows 95 on to hard drive then install hard drive then install windows 95 from the hard drive..if kind of cables and software would i need,?i i would like to do this my self and build on my pc skills.. any help would be appreciated..thank you..

A:hard drive removal and installing windows 95

closing duplicate, view this thread

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I apologize for the lengthy post, but I want to give as much info as possible to help diagnose.

Computer became infected with a virus.

I wiped the hard drive clean using Dell System Recovery Disk. It also installed Windows 7.
Upon completion of install, computer was restarted; Win 7 behaved normally (was able to access installed programs, internet, sound, etc.)
Once computer was powered off and turned on again, it went straight to ?Windows Boot Manager? black screen which said:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1) Insert Windows install disk and restart
2) Choose language
3) Click Repair Your Computer
Status 0xc000000e
Info: Boot selection failed because required devise is inaccessible.

An ePSA Pre-boot system assessment was run. Everything passed except the hard drive, which shows Error Code 2000-0146, Validation 62947 and shows a message of: "Self-test log contains previous errors." (this was run more than once).

The process of reformatting the hard drive using the Dell System Recovery Disk was repeated in order to get back into Windows. Then a scan of the hard drive was conducted via C:/Properties/Tools and returned the following errors:
-Found 6 bad clusters
-The volume Bitmap is incorrect
-Windows found a problem with the file system
-Run CHKDSK/F to correct this

I gave the command to run CHKDSK upon the next start of the computer. The comp... Read more

A:Hard drive errors after installing Windows 7

First thing I would do is along side that chkdsk I would run a sfc /scannow and try one more time since you got nothing to lose, if that doesn't work or sound like the way to go you can always try a hard drive cleaner by connecting your hard drive via sata/usb cord to another computer and try one of these programs
Five hard disk cleaning and erasing tools - TechRepublic

And last if this doesn't work chances are your hard drive has failed and you will need a replace in order to work.

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Hi! Apologies if I posted this in le wrong category.

I recently upgraded capacity of my hard drive (from 350GB to 500GB). I'm wondering how can I install my windows oem license from my previous hard drive to my new one. My laptop is Compaq Presario CQ58 and OS is Windows 8.

I really need your help guys!


A:Re-installing Windows 8 OEM license to new hard drive

Hello and welcome to the forum! The easiest thing would have been to image the old drive then transfer to the new drive if you have a large enough external drive.

Beyond that, I haven't done a hard drive upgrade with OEM. Not sure if will automatically get the key from the flash memory and activate. If not, you'll have to get the key that is burned in the board by using ShowKey or other retrieval utility.

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I am trying to re install windows 7 on my desktop however i think i have deleted/formatted ?? all the data from the partions on the hard drive during my first attempt.

Do i need to re install other files before i can install windows again???

Please help i am quite the novice and usually my "trial or error" methods have got me through but i think i need help with this one

thanks in advance.

A:trouble with installing windows 7 on a hard drive

Hello damo and Welcome -Try this M/soft tutorial >> Install / Reinstall Windows7 OptionsSelect your preferred option and Click on it to expand the instructions Thank You -

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I looked at a lot of different websites and none of them had clear instructions as to how to install Photoshop 7 on WIndows 8 or WIndows 7. This is what got it working for me. Use this information at your own risk.

> Go into Windows 8 DIsk Manager
> Right Click C: drive
> Shrink Drive by 50-100GB (Needs to be under 930GB for most drives.)

> Copy all files from your Photoshop 7 CD to your harddrive
> Navtigate to: Photoshop\setup.exe
> Right click setup.exe
> Click Compatibiltiy tab
> Click Change Settings for All Users
> Check "Run this program in compatibiltiy mode for: WIndows XP SP3
> Check "Run this program as an Administrator
> Click Ok
> Click Run Compatibiltiy Trouble Shooter
> Click Try Recommended Settings
> Click Test the program...
> This should prompt you for permission to install (password, etc.)

You will get some errors installing it, but it installs and runs successfully. I hope this helps.

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Hello, i got a new hard drive on my hp laptop as the old one was failing. Its a ssd. I tried installing my other windows to it after i created a recovery disk and tried to reinstall it on new hard drive, but it gave me an error named:
UIA write failed 3 times
So i tried downloading a windows iso, and it said there is a problem with the key. i talked to a microsoft person, they said that it is probably a oem type which wont be able to download. So to avoid extra headaches i just got me another copy of windows 7, my old one is home premiun so i got professional edition
My question is, i did put the hp version of windows on it which i cannot install because of the uia error, do i have to reformat it completely before reinstalling the new windows 7 disk i bought?
If so, how do i do it? I cannot access windows.

A:Question on installing windows to new hard drive

Part of the installation process involves formatting the drive.  
You will need to set the BIOS boot order so the the optical drive is the first device and the ssd the second device, put the installation disc in the drive and restart the machine to make the installation.  
When the computer boots you will receive a message telling you to press any key to boot from the installation disc.  Follow the prompts from there.

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My laptop's (Dell Inspiron 1501, Phoenix Bios version 2.3) old HD failed, when installing Vista on the new HD I am getting the BSOD. The laptop is 4 yrs old. From reading some older posts, it may have to do with a setting in the Bios (changing the HD setting from SATA to autodetect), but I don't have that option in my Bios. Any suggestions?

A:Installing Windows Vista on new Hard Drive

these are bios updates for your inspiron on dell support site
the auto detect should be there maybe advanced options sometimes hard to find its on an old amd thing i have here working on @8 yr old

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When my old computer crashed i bought myself a "NexStar External 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure USB Interface" to store my old 10GB hard drive and now I am wondering if it would be possible to load Window 98 onto this external hard drive to run some old programs of mine. Is this possible? If so could someone give me nice detailed instructions?


A:Installing windows 98 on a external hard drive

I suppose it could work in theory..
Your BIOS has to support booting from USB.
You would have to put DOS on that drive first (with CD-ROM and high memory support) and boot from it to have the USB drive appear as the first hard drive. (I have done this part myself before)
From inside DOS you would run the Win98 setup (and pray that it works).

A problem:
- Win98 has USB support, so it may want to reset the USB bus at one point. This will make the hard drive "disappear". Win2k and XP happily BSOD when this happens. No idea how 9x would behave

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I have a Gigabyte H61m-s2pv Mother board fitted with a 8 gigabyte RAM and a 500 Gigabyte Seagate HDD. My problem is if i try to install any Operating System, it will come up the screen where I must select the hard drive to install, but does not show any hard drive and if it does does not allow me to format or partition the drive. At first i thought it was the hard drive then i changed the hard drives and the problem is still the same.I am currently using live usb for my computing (Linux Mint) and desperately need to install an OS on the Machine.

A:Installing Windows (No Hard Drive detected)

Having tried two different drives I guess it's unlikely both are bad. So it's probably a bios setting or bad connection. Is the drive seen in bios setup? Maybe the controller it's attached to is disabled. Check the motherboard manual if you're not sure how to set it up.You said that 'any' operating system will not install. Which ones have you tried? The drive is probably SATA which XP won't recognize unless it's configured in IDE mode (or whatever it's called for your motherboard) or external drivers are installed.

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I seem to have exhausted my options. I read all the instructions and followed them for formatting my hard drive but am having no luck.

a) When I use an XP cd and get to the point where I have to press 'D' to delete the partition on my C: drive to format, I am not able to do so as I receive the message that I have Temporary Windows Setup files on this partition therefore I cannot delete it. So i'm stuck there.

b) When I go through the recovery option upon installation I reach the point where I type the command "format c: /fs:ntfs" ... the program gives me the option to format (y/n)... I hit Y and press enter and then nothing happens and it returns to the command prompt. So i'm stuck there as well.

These are the only two routes I've seen in my google searches so if anyone could help me get beyond those two problems I'd really appreciate it! Thanks.

A:Re-installing Windows XP / Formatting Hard Drive

you could try boot and nuke. this does a low level format, which will wipe any info on the HD. so be sure you don't need anything on it before you run this. also disconnect any additional HD's that you you do not want to wipe. just to simplify the process.

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I am putting a new harddrive in a HP Pavilian Notebook Computer, series DV5000. I had to order an HP Recovery Disk for windows XP as there was not any recovery disk available for this computer. I would like to be made aware of any problems I may encounter before I start loading XP onto a new harddrive. What Microsoft product number will I use for the software. Hopefully this number will be located on the outside of the disk when I receive it, or should I use the one on the bottom of the computer. This disk is on order and has not arrived yet. Will there is any problems activating XP with a new harddrive installed? Thanks for any help you can suggest.

Ordered Harddrive from here:,Laptop,Part,HM160HC.aspx

I ordered the HP Restore Disk from this location:

A:Putting in a new hard drive and installing windows xp

product key on bottom of computer. put in disk, set to boot from cd, follow on screen instructions.

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I just got a SSD for my PC as well as a new data hard-drive, so it's time to re-install wIndows (it's Windows 7 in my case).
Currently I have Win7 and all my software installed on a HDD drive and I was wondering what's the best way to go about installing Windows onto the new SDD drive.
Here's my main concerns/questions:
1. I only have one Windows 7, so if I install it onto the new SDD drive, will there be a problem?

2. Can I keep Windows and all my software installed on my old HDD drive just to get back to it and see what I need to re-install? or is it somehow necessary to first remove Windows in order to install it on my new SDD? Is there a way this is registered online by Microsoft?

3. will it at all be possible at all to install my Windows 7 on a new drive? or is new hardware considered as a new PC, so I would technically have to buy a new Windows installation DVD?
Anyway, my plan was to just disconnect my current HDD drive without removing anything from it, so I can always reconnect it for reference to see what I need to install on my new SDD drive.
Does this make any sense?

Any ideas/suggestions?


A:question about re-installing Windows on new hard drive


Originally Posted by Santuzzo

1. I only have one Windows 7, so if I install it onto the new SDD drive, will there be a problem?
Should be fine. May just have to call and reactivate over the phone if it's an OEM copy.

2. Can I keep Windows and all my software installed on my old HDD drive just to get back to it and see what I need to re-install? or is it somehow necessary to first remove Windows in order to install it on my new SDD? Is there a way this is registered online by Microsoft?
Formatting your previous drive first isn't necessary, no. Just make sure you unplug your HDD before attempting to install to your SSD.

3. will it at all be possible at all to install my Windows 7 on a new drive? or is new hardware considered as a new PC, so I would technically have to buy a new Windows installation DVD?
No - a new HDD isn't considered breaking the ToS with either OEM or Retail. If you had an OEm license, and bought a new motherboard/'d technically need to purchase a new license. Retail licenses allow transfer rights, meaning you'd be able to install it on a new system after removing it off of the old system first.

Anyway, my plan was to just disconnect my current HDD drive without removing anything from it, so I can always reconnect it for reference to see what I need to install on my new SDD drive.
Does this make any sense?
That would be the best course of action.
Any ideas/suggestions?

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I've heard a lot of good things about Windows 7 and have decided that I want to give it a try. I don't have an extra computer with a hard drive in it laying around to install it on, but I do have a 320 GB external hard drive. The download from Microsoft's website is a .ISO file. I'm wondering how do I install it to my external hard drive so that when I change the boot order to boot from the USB hard drive the installation screen will appear. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I've never installed an OS before so I'm not sure what to do. Thanks.

A:Installing Windows 7 to an external hard drive

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I just bought a 1TB hard drive and want to install windows 8 on it (since I'm used to it already) I have the files for windows 8 on my computer ready to be put on the new hard drive, but thing is, how would I do it? would I just use a simple USB stick and plug it in? or would i have to burn the files on a disk? WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX: Computers & Accessories

A:Installing Windows 8 on to fresh hard drive

Hello chargersrool,

Yes, you will be able to do a clean install of Windows 8 upgrade to a blank hard drive.
Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
If you mean you have a Windows 8 ISO, then yes you would need to create a bootable DVD or USB from it first.
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

Hope this helps,

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Been having some problems with my pc and am on the verge of a full hard-drive reformat and might replace the motherboard at the same time. Should say that because of the problems I can't actually get in to Windows - stuck in the BIOS stage.

Where do I stand with my Windows 7 licence (I'd read you can only use it on one pc)?

If I install it on my "new" pc (i.e. reformatted hd and new motherboard) will I be able to activate it or is it still going to be linked to my old installation? Wondered if by activating it on the new hard drive it would automatically inactivate my other installation?

The problem being that I can't load up Windows in order to inactivate it and hence why I am looking to reformat in the first place!

I wonder


A:Re-installing Windows 7 if hard drive is corrupted

Quote: Originally Posted by ajb1983


Been having some problems with my pc and am on the verge of a full hard-drive reformat and might replace the motherboard at the same time. Should say that because of the problems I can't actually get in to Windows - stuck in the BIOS stage.

Where do I stand with my Windows 7 licence (I'd read you can only use it on one pc)?

If I install it on my "new" pc (i.e. reformatted hd and new motherboard) will I be able to activate it or is it still going to be linked to my old installation? Wondered if by activating it on the new hard drive it would automatically inactivate my other installation?

The problem being that I can't load up Windows in order to inactivate it and hence why I am looking to reformat in the first place!

I wonder


Dont worry about your activation. At worst you might have to call MS.. Format away you are safe.

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I just got a new computer, new hard drive and everything. I attempted to install Windows 7 (full version, NOT an upgrade) by putting the disc in, starting the computer, and booting from the BIOS. The monitor shows a bar that says that the Windows files are loading. Then it displays the little Windows logo. And finally it comes to a blue-ish screen with a bird on it (which I have been told is the sign-on screen) with a cursor. Nothing else. I've tried pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE and running Safe Mode. Nothing works.

I have heard that the solution might have something to do with putting certain drivers onto a flash drive. Is that true? If so, um... explain. If not, explain that too.


A:Installing Windows 7 on blank hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by eikoangelus

I just got a new computer, new hard drive and everything. I attempted to install Windows 7 (full version, NOT an upgrade) by putting the disc in, starting the computer, and booting from the BIOS. The monitor shows a bar that says that the Windows files are loading. Then it displays the little Windows logo. And finally it comes to a blue-ish screen with a bird on it (which I have been told is the sign-on screen) with a cursor. Nothing else. I've tried pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE and running Safe Mode. Nothing works.

I have heard that the solution might have something to do with putting certain drivers onto a flash drive. Is that true? If so, um... explain. If not, explain that too.


Welcome to SevenForums,

You might want to follow those tutorials:

-Clean Install Windows 7

-SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I am not computer literate so this question and others that might follow may seem rather dumb.

Currently I have four hard drives in my box. when my drive 0 (C) failed it took five days, there was a weekend, before things were repaired. I am looking for a work around to avoid this problem in the future.

I just purchased an external hard drive. Is it possible to make this a bootable drive so if my C fails again I will have an operable, but slow, computer?

If it is possible I will have further questions. Thank you for your help.


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Iv recently built my own computer it has an MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+ Platform it has 4 GB Ram and a 200GB hard drive and a AMD Phenom II dual core processor iv been trying to install windows 7 onto my new computer but when i get the the part where i chose which harddrive to install windows 7 on it come up with and error message saying :

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. this computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.

i had a look in the BIOS and had no joy so if someone could help me it would be grate

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Alright, so I have a primary hard drive that I have my main OS (Windows 7) installed on, and i had a spare hard drive. I decided to install windows 7 on that hard drive also, but after I went through the entire process of installing it, I went back into my primary hard drive and it wouldn't boot! I don't know if MBR is messed up or what, but when I try yo boot into it through the default Windows bootloader, it says that there was a problem and that it shut of the PC so that there would be no damage to it... Please help! I need to get access to that hard drive!! Thanks

A:BSoD after installing Windows 7 on my spare hard drive?

Hi,and welcome to the forums.. Please re-post

Try booting up in safe mode(Keep tapping the F8 key while the machine is booting up, then once at advanced system startup options, select SAFEMODE)

Does it boot?

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Title pretty much sums it all up.

I have 2 hard Drives, both connected via SATA, when trying to install windows, It does not find any hard drives.

Funny thing is, when i choose to repair, and use the command prompt, I was able to format both C and D drives (my 2 hard drives). However it was no help : (

Please Help~~~

Also, on of the drives, when i formated, it only recognised 130 ish GB out of the 500 present (both are 500 gb drives) this is due to me partitioning this drive in the past, and making it read only (cept now I can't Undo it, but that is a problem for later, for now, just want windows 7 installed up and running)

Help would be very much appreciated.

Thank you

Dennis Han

EDIT: I have checked the bios, everything looks fine (out of the options raid, ide and a third option (i forgot) its under IDE, every thing appears normal to me, although i probably dont know better). The last OS on this system is win vista 64 bit, im installing win 7 32 bit, sick of all the fuss with driver problems last time round.

My Build for this computer is attached onto a picture

It is a rather old system (3 years old now) so I no longer have warranty and Asus and WD both refused support : (

A:Having trouble installing windows, no hard drive found

try clearing the drive you wish to install on with killdisk and then try the install

as long as bios is set to see sata as ide it should not be a problem

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Hello techies,

I have difficulty installing Windows 2000/XP pro on a WD external HD. When I boot with Win XP CD (bootable), it recognizes ( after the usual screens of loading drivers, detecting the existing os, etc) the WD hard drive and indicates the space on it, along with the other internal HD. But when I attempt (it lets me select that partition for installation) to select that partition for Win XP installation, it errors out saying "the computer program required to access the drive" is not available to continue with the installation. What I want to do is make this PC a dual boot with the second os on the external HD. Any help, will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

A:Installing Windows 2000 on a WD external USD hard drive

I found this somewhere:

"Western Digital does not provide technical support for booting your computer using an external hard drive. If you intend to make a copy of your boot drive, or install your operating system, please use a second internal drive (EIDE or Serial ATA), rather than an external drive. "

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I purchased the ISO for Windows 7 Ultimate, and used PowerISO to mount the ISO onto my CD Drive then I copied the files to my Western Digital 320 GB external hard drive. I did all of the prior requirements that were needed such as making sure the boot code was correct I used the following in command prompt under administrator: bootsect.exe /nt60 /fixmbr. I then proceeded to change the boot order for the external hard drive to boot first and put my current hard drive that is installed booting last in order not to confuse the BIOS. Yet when I restart my computer all that I get is a small blinking underscore, and it will not proceed any further. I know that I could burn the ISO to a DVD-R or put it on a Flash Drive, but I don't have any money currently. Can anyone help me proceed past this point please?

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I've recently plugged in an external hard drive onto my computer and noticed when performing a windows update, the temporary files are put onto the external hard drive. Upon a restart, the files are gone from the hard drive.

My question is, are the windows updates installing onto the external hard drive? Why are they putting the temporary files onto the external hard drive as well?

A:Windows 7 updates, installing to external hard drive?

Windows Updates certainly shouldn't be putting files on any external hard drive - unless you've also changed environment settings.

What exactly are you seeing?

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Ok so I recently bought a new drive to replace my old dead drive,installed and everthing seemed fine,I use my recovery disc to install windows vista,it seemed as tho it installed,after it told meto remove disc and it would restart after pressing ok. After comp restarted I received a message...........operating system not found.I re-install windows vista again and get the boot recovery or rescue press f11. I do so but nothing next step is cloning my hard drive from a similar laptop. Just to get the os.
It will be greatly appreciated for tips on how to fix my problem or let me know if there's. Something. I'm not doing correctly
.....trying to save money by learning myself!!!!!!!

Also I'm not able to download or access anything but bios and etc....

A:Solved: installing windows on new hard drive failure!!!!

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I got a new hard drive and plugged it in, booted up with the windows DVD, it went through all the loading business etc., and it came to the part where you choose where to install windows. My new hard drive showed up on the list, I selected it, and it began doing it's business. It was checking video settings and stuff like that.

Next time I looked it had arrived back at installation for some reason. So I did it again, but this time when it came to the part where I chose the hard drive to install on, it had disappeared as an option (the list was blank). I thought maybe it had already installed so I booted up without the DVD, but it asked for the disc. And I put my old HD back in (as evidenced by this post), so I didn't accidentally unplug some cable somewhere.

Unfortunately I was not paying attention to what was on screen before it seemed to reset back to the installation start.


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Ok, so I have a computer that came pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Now I was trying to backup the computer using Acronis True Image, but during the beginning of that, it gave me a lot of sector errors, so I just chose to ignore all of them. The backup operation completed after an hour or so. Now, I was told that I may have to do chkdsk /r, it will try to fix the bad sectors as well as any errors. But I might end up losing all my data. I was also directed to an Acer website from the UK with a hard disk checker. It also reported bad sectors and gave me the option to repair them. I chose no. Here's the link: Now, I am thinking about getting a new 1 TB hard drive, my current one is 640 GB and made by WD. Now I have an .iso file for Win 7 Home Premium which I got from getintopc. And I would need to be able to install Windows on the new hard drive. But I don't wanna do that because I'm afraid it'll be detected as a new computer and it'll see that I still have an activated Windows on the old hard drive, thereform not allowing me to activate Windows on the new hard drive. So how do I go about uninstalling Windows on the old hard drive and reinstalling and activating it on the new one? Do I need to format the old hard drive?
Edit: Sorry if you see any typos, I was on my phone.

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I had Windows 8 Developer Preview on my laptop, but then I tried upgrading it to the consumer preview and it wouldn't work, so I downloaded the ISO onto the USB stick and got the Windows 7 installation exe for the stick. I tried installing onto the laptop, but it screwed up and so i ended up wiping my harddrive. Now, when I run the setup, everything is fine until it needs to restart. When I do, it just goes back to the first installation screen as though I hadn't started installation. Help?



A:Installing Windows 8 onto a laptop from USB on a clean hard drive

Do you have the hard drive partitioned?

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I am having major problems with my computer running so slow. I have downloaded the anti-virus and anti-spyware programs that are suggested on this sight and can find nothing. I am so frustrated, my computer used to be much faster. Now it is almost unusable. I have considered buying a new copy of Windows XP Home and starting all over by completely deleting my hard drive and reinstalling the new copy. Will this fix my problem and make my computer run faster like the good old days

A:Reformating Hard Drive And Installing Windows Xp Home

Reformatting your computer will make it run like brand spanking new. Before you do that drastic step (which i do at least twice a year), go to Start>Run> and type MSCONFIG and hit ok. Go to the tab that says "Startup" and disable everything. Most times people have too many programs running at one time at start up. IE my father in law with his massive 50 startup programs running on 256MB of memory. UGH! But anyways, if your having problems with Spyware n such, I recommend the combination of Yahoo Toolbar with Antispy, and Windows Defender. Both are free to download and are very great at catching items. Good luck to you and I hope this help. Please post feedback

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Hi All,

New to this so thougth I'd give it a shot. The hard drive on my dad's laptop has failed, this has been confirmed by tech support. He's got a Acer Aspire 5733 laptop and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, confirmed by Acer, I've purchased a new hard drive but need the operating system installing on it. PC world and Acer will not provide me with the a recovery media or something that would lallow me to have the o/s re-installed on it even thoguh I purchased the laptop with it already on and have a valid license key.

Searching through the this forum I have found the following link Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

Will these iso definitley work and when I install will it ask for my windows 7 key? I'm very cagey when it comes to things like these, but I really don't want to spend ?50 on a os I already paid for.

A:Installing Windows 7 on a blank laptop hard drive

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums ... Yes the ISO will work and you will need the Product COA Key ... Follow the Tutorial below it will give you the perfect Install ...

Clean Install Windows 7

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i've recently bought a new PC and have been trying to install windows7 from disc on to it's clean hard drive, with no success. I put the disc in and restart my computer and it brings me to the windows error recovery screen, these are the options i get: safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration (advanced) and start windows normally. i have made sure that it boots from the DVD drive and still nothing happens. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

A:When installing windows 7 on a clean hard drive i don't get prompted.

Hello ox16george, welcome to Seven Forums!

You are setting the PC to boot the DVD first, have a look at this this tutorial linked below.

Boot Priority - Change

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Yes, I just want to RAID 0 two hard drives and put it in my current system. Do I just simply set the options in the RAID menu during post and simply format them in Windows XP? Or do I still have to install drivers?

A:I want to setup a hard drive RAID 0 without installing windows on it

for raid, you need drivers. but firstyou need to turn on the raid controller in bios, and then enter the raid configuration utility upon the next reboot where you can set up the array. not all motherboards do it this way, and i'm assuming that you have the raid controller integrated int o the motherboard (not an add-in card). once you get that set up, install the windows drivers. you can then partition and format the volume using disk management.

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