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    New Hard Drive questions

    I'm going to be getting a new 1TB hard drive for my laptop, and have some questions about it:

    1. Someone told me they didn't think my laptop would support a HD that's 1TB, that I'd have to partition it into smaller sizes. Is this true? Is there any way to tell? I wouldn't mind doing that, but I'd like to know beforehand.

    2. I'm going to take my old 320GB laptop hd and use a SATA to USB connector to use it as an external storage device. Since it will still have Vista installed on it (at least until I reformat it) will I be able to boot vista off it through that USB connector? If not, is there any way I could do it through other means? I'd like to use it to experiment with dual booting and partitions (since I've never managed to do either successfully) but I want to do that on a hd other than the one I'll be using in case something goes bad again.

    3. I'd like to duplicate the 320 HD I have onto the new 1TB HD, but there's a problem. I know there are several utilities I can use to back up an image of a HD, but I have nowhere to store that backup image. My current HD has about 10GB free, and the SATA to USB connector I'm going to get says it only supports sizes up to 500GB. I was thinking there's a way I could put the new HD into my laptop, then use a Linux Live CD to boot up and plug in the old HD with the USB adapter and use one of those utilities to copy that HD image right onto my new one, but I'm not at all familiar with any of those procedures. A little help would be great

    4. Is there anything else I should know about doing any of this?

    Thanks for your assistance!

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    Re: New Hard Drive questions

    Hello

    Go to your manufacture's website and they will tell you what you can do and tell you what you can't do. Thats what I did and you can even print there instructions. LOL

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    Re: New Hard Drive questions

    You mean the manufacturer of my computer or new HD? Because I'm trying to avoid trawling through Dell's website to find any of this info...

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    Re: New Hard Drive questions

    For a start I do not know what that person was smoking because you can use a 1TB HDD in Full on any system

    Just a question - Do you have a Install Disk?

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    Re: New Hard Drive questions

    That was my reaction as well, just wanted to be sure in case they happened to know something weird like that.

    Unfortunately I don't. The computer was a gift, only came with an AC cable haha. Although I do have a recovery partition that I know works because I had to use it to restore my comp to factory settings once.

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    Re: New Hard Drive questions

    Okay please be aware of the risks that are involved with replacing a HDD

    If your OS dies or has a problem then you cannot use the restore Partition in anyway or form

    If you can make some recovery Disks if that option is available

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    Re: New Hard Drive questions

    Ok thanks I'll look into recovery discs. Also, it came from Dell and has a sort of "custom" Vista OS (such as Dell Games, Dell DataSafe, and a few things like that configured into it) so would it still be OK to reinstall Vista from a normal Vista disc (like you'd buy at walmart) if I ever needed to? Same question for upgrading to Windows 7. Because if I can't figure out how to copy an image of my HD onto the new one I may just install 7 directly onto it and reinstall all my programs.

    If I do clone the HD, wouldn't it still include that recovery partition and basically be the exact same HD, just with 700GB of free space on it?

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    Re: New Hard Drive questions

    It depends on how you go about cloning your HDD - If you image all the partitions including the Restore Partition then it may work but there is a chance it will not

    Also No your key will not work with a Normal Windows Vista Disk because your Product key is linked with Dell

    Activation works as follows

    You enter you product key

    It is then converted into a bunch of Numbers and letters

    This is then compared to a Certificate (In your Case Dells) which is found during the install (The Reason why you have a recovery Partition)

    If it matches the certificate all is good - If not then No

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    Re: New Hard Drive questions

    Ok well it sounds like it's worth a shot when I do clone it. So wait you mean even if I bought a totally new Vista disc from walmart I couldn't do a clean install of it on my current computer? Like reformat the HD and install it? Or do you mean I just can't restore the OS using a new disc?

    Thanks for the offer, I'll let you know if I need any help if/when I do it, but I think I'll be ok. This site has some good tutorials up.

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    Re: New Hard Drive questions

    If you cloned your HDD and transferred it then it would be A-Okay shouldn't need to activate and if you did ring the telephone number for activation

    If you brought the disc and installed it you should have the Licence key for that Windows Vista with the Disc and even then you might as well have brought Windows 7

    If it didn't have a product key then you may have a trouble activating your Dell OEM Key with a Retail Vista Install

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