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Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

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    Phil Guest

    Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

    Hi.

    I want to replace my existing main internal hdd with a faster, higher
    capacity model.
    I'm aware there are likely to be be licencing problems after a disk clone.
    Will someone please give me a link for the micorosoft recommended process to
    follow.

    Thanks

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    Richard G. Harper Guest

    Re: Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

    There is no recommended process. Personally, I'd use whatever utility the
    drive manufacture offers for "cloning" the old hard drive to the new one,
    then when asked to re-activate just call the telephone number and it will
    take only a few minutes.

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    "Phil" <Phil@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:5C2AEA70-8271-4CD3-877F-11B197543303@microsoft.com...
    > Hi.
    >
    > I want to replace my existing main internal hdd with a faster, higher
    > capacity model.
    > I'm aware there are likely to be be licencing problems after a disk clone.
    > Will someone please give me a link for the micorosoft recommended process
    > to
    > follow.
    >
    > Thanks



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  4. #3


    Gary G. Little Guest

    Re: Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

    I recently upgraded my HDD to 160GB. I used Complete PC Backup to image the
    existing drive to an external HDD, installed the new drive, booted to the
    Vista DVD, selected System Repair from the install environment and restored
    the image to the new disc. Maybe it was because of using Vista to image and
    restore, but I did not have to call to re-activate.

    Gary

    "Phil" <Phil@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:5C2AEA70-8271-4CD3-877F-11B197543303@microsoft.com...
    > Hi.
    >
    > I want to replace my existing main internal hdd with a faster, higher
    > capacity model.
    > I'm aware there are likely to be be licencing problems after a disk clone.
    > Will someone please give me a link for the micorosoft recommended process
    > to
    > follow.
    >
    > Thanks



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    Rutetuti Guest

    Re: Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

    I recently replaced my older ATA drive with a larger, SATA, drive and used
    Acronis True Image. No problems Vista but Adobe Acrobat (V7) detected the
    change of drive and I had to re-register that.

    Good luck.

    "Phil" <Phil@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:5C2AEA70-8271-4CD3-877F-11B197543303@microsoft.com...
    > Hi.
    >
    > I want to replace my existing main internal hdd with a faster, higher
    > capacity model.
    > I'm aware there are likely to be be licencing problems after a disk clone.
    > Will someone please give me a link for the micorosoft recommended process
    > to
    > follow.
    >
    > Thanks



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Re: Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

    I recently upgraded my HDD to 160GB. I used Complete PC Backup to image the
    existing drive to an external HDD, installed the new drive, booted to the
    Vista DVD, selected System Repair from the install environment and restored
    the image to the new disc. Maybe it was because of using Vista to image and
    restore, but I did not have to call to re-activate.
    I found this method worked well. Also my system was dual booting with XP and the XP installation still worked after the disk copy.

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    Re: Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by runningonair View Post
    I recently upgraded my HDD to 160GB. I used Complete PC Backup to image the
    existing drive to an external HDD, installed the new drive, booted to the
    Vista DVD, selected System Repair from the install environment and restored
    the image to the new disc. Maybe it was because of using Vista to image and
    restore, but I did not have to call to re-activate.
    I found this method worked well. Also my system was dual booting with XP and the XP installation still worked after the disk copy.
    I was wanting to upgrade my hard drive on my Dell E1505 with Vista Ultimate and Complete PC Backup. I bought my E1505 used and do not have a Vista DVD. I do have a Dell Win7 Pro Reinstallation DVD. Can I use this to boot and access the System Recovery Options?

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    Re: Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

    Changing a disk creates no licensing problem whatsoever. Only a change of the mobo would require a reactiviation by MS.

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    Re: Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Changing a disk creates no licensing problem whatsoever. Only a change of the mobo would require a reactiviation by MS.
    I wasn't concerned with reactivation issues, but rather if I could use my Win7 PRO DVD to boot and access the the System Recovery Options on my Vista O/S. Please read my original post, thank you.

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    Re: Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by satwilson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Changing a disk creates no licensing problem whatsoever. Only a change of the mobo would require a reactiviation by MS.
    I wasn't concerned with reactivation issues, but rather if I could use my Win7 PRO DVD to boot and access the the System Recovery Options on my Vista O/S. Please read my original post, thank you.
    I was answering the OPs (Phil) question.

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    LVTravel Guest

    Re: Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista



    "satwilson" <guest@newsgroup-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > whs;1260115 Wrote:

    >> Changing a disk creates no licensing problem whatsoever. Only a change
    >> of the mobo would require a reactiviation by MS.
    > I wasn't concerned with reactivation issues, but rather if I could use
    > my Win7 PRO DVD to boot and access the the System Recovery Options on my
    > Vista O/S. Please read my original post, thank you.
    >
    >
    > --
    > satwilson
    No.

    You need to contact Dell and see if you can get a recovery disk from them.
    Should be able to with just a little cost.


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