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Upgrade Hard Disk in Vista

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#1
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

#2
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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Gary G. Little

#3
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
 

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Rutetuti

#4
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
 

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#5
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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#6
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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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspirion E1505 laptop
    CPU
    Intel Core Solo T1300
    Motherboard
    integrated graphics card
    Memory
    1.5GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    INTEL 945GM
    Sound Card
    Sigmatel STAC 9200
    Monitor(s) Displays
    TFT 15.4" WXGA
    Screen Resolution
    1280X800
    Hard Drives
    internal 36GB external320GB
    Internet Speed
    25GB

whs

Vista Guru
Gold Member
#7
Changing a disk creates no licensing problem whatsoever. Only a change of the mobo would require a reactiviation by MS.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Q6600
    Memory
    4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w2207h
    Hard Drives
    2x250GB HDDs
    1x60GB OCZ SSD
    6 external disks 60 to 640GBs
    Other Info
    Also 1xHP desktop, 1xHP laptop, 1xGateway laptop
#8
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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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspirion E1505 laptop
    CPU
    Intel Core Solo T1300
    Motherboard
    integrated graphics card
    Memory
    1.5GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    INTEL 945GM
    Sound Card
    Sigmatel STAC 9200
    Monitor(s) Displays
    TFT 15.4" WXGA
    Screen Resolution
    1280X800
    Hard Drives
    internal 36GB external320GB
    Internet Speed
    25GB

whs

Vista Guru
Gold Member
#9
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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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Q6600
    Memory
    4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w2207h
    Hard Drives
    2x250GB HDDs
    1x60GB OCZ SSD
    6 external disks 60 to 640GBs
    Other Info
    Also 1xHP desktop, 1xHP laptop, 1xGateway laptop
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LVTravel

#10
"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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