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Reinstalling Windows dimar_crazy Jun 28th, 09, 11:11 AM #1

currently i am using a 20 GB HDD and it is running low on space...decided to upgrade to an int 500GB hdd...and i dont intend to haf 2 HDDs..(besides the new 500GB should be faster) .


how do i reformat the old HDD and reuse its CD key

i am just afriad that after i reformat the 20 GB HDD...i wont be able to use the windows CD key on my 500gb hdd...


anyone knows how to do it right whereby i can deregister the CD key b4 formatting?


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Hairyworm Jun 28th, 09, 11:28 AM #2
IIRC

Assuming u r using OEM copies of WinXP, its only allow for reformat only on the same PC (i.e with SAME hardware configuration)

But of cos if u wish to try, u got to call up microsoft and have it reactivitated.
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jowy_ham Jun 28th, 09, 01:09 PM #3
Alternatively U can "clone/ghost" your entire 20GB HDD to the new 500GB HDD then U can save the trouble of re-activating your OS and things like that (provided U are currently happy with how your OS is performing)
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dimar_crazy Jun 28th, 09, 02:48 PM #4
hmm...wad software u suugest i can clone with?
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xiong ben Jun 28th, 09, 08:42 PM #5
Y not to have 2 harddisk? First one is just for WinXp, all other things on the 500G HD.

Safer also, if suay ganna virus can also isolate.
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dimar_crazy Jun 28th, 09, 10:25 PM #6
but the 20 GB HDD is kinda slow...5400RPM only..would it cause my com to slow down?
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khaos83_2000 Jun 29th, 09, 10:41 AM #7
It will be slow as it is old, and maybe have bad sectors.
I will rather install on the new hardisk.
U may have to call up Microsoft and get a new key.
MS has a local line here. I forgot the number....

It is pretty easy. Except the answering machine part.... >_<
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jowy_ham Jun 29th, 09, 10:48 AM #8
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hmm...wad software u suugest i can clone with?
Acronis Home Image or Symantec Ghost
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timmy_sunter Jul 2nd, 09, 02:57 PM #9
ha3
don't use the 20gb la
old already
spoilt and give you double work later
u can clone with above advice
or reinstall all better
activate is easy
don't worry one
i do everyday activation by phone or internet so easy
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pcfool Jul 2nd, 09, 04:21 PM #10
for OEM License. sometime for minor hardware change like hard disk and RAM, it doesn't require to call MS for reactivate. it'll allow you activate using windows activation wizzard.
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lindsay Jul 5th, 09, 08:14 AM #11
agreed with jowy_ham. Acronis true Image.
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