1. Post #1
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    March 2008
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    My parents Hard Drive (and consequently all our family pics and documents) just died, i've tried recovery but it doesn't work. This obviously means a new HDD, but would we have to get a new install of windows 7? We're kinda strapped for cash at the moment :(

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Post #2
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    February 2008
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    My parents Hard Drive (and consequently all our family pics and documents) just died, i've tried recovery but it doesn't work. This obviously means a new HDD, but would we have to get a new install of windows 7? We're kinda strapped for cash at the moment :(

    Thanks in advance.
    If you got the old windows install disc, then no. Otherwise you're fucked.
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  3. Post #3
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    I've got the disc. But surely the product key is taken?
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  4. Post #4
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    I've got the disc. But surely the product key is taken?
    Yeah, but there are ways to counter-act that. Not going to mention those here in the forums though. But having to buy windows all over again is stupid so I don't think someone should feel moral guilt over it.
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  5. Post #5
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    I've got the disc. But surely the product key is taken?
    After about a month you can reuse your key for install.
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  6. Post #6
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    After about a month you can reuse your key for install.
    Excellent. I've already reinstalled windows but i presume if i leave it a month and then enter the key it'll be fine?

    Yeah, but there are ways to counter-act that. Not going to mention those here in the forums though. But having to buy windows all over again is stupid so I don't think someone should feel moral guilt over it.
    I agree entirely but seeing as my parents use it for business they want it to be legit.

  7. Post #7
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    Isn't the key (IF IT IS ONE OF THESE KEYS THAT ARE HARDWARE-LOCKED) locked to the motherboard rather than the Hard Drive anyway?

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    Added a new part in bold text to clear it up for the people who failed to understand the post and instead rated it dumb.
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  8. Post #8
    dill pickle pringle EXTREME

    May 2005
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    I've gone through numerous upgrades and repairs. Microsoft is always very prompt in fixing any activation problems I encounter.
    Try to activate it with that key. If it fails, just call the number they provide you. The system is automated, it takes a whole 5 minutes, if that, and you're good to go.
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    Isn't the key locked to the motherboard rather than the Hard Drive anyway?
    I believe that's the OEM version. I'm not really sure, but MS support might help.

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    Excellent. I've already reinstalled windows but i presume if i leave it a month and then enter the key it'll be fine?
    If you've used the key within the last few days then you can use that grace period of 30 days and wait it out.
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  11. Post #11
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    It's an OEM edition, so maybe it is locked to the mobo?

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    You still won't have problems activating it either way. I've got a few Win7 keys that have been used on several installs due to certain changes.
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    It's an OEM edition, so maybe it is locked to the mobo?
    Irrelevant seeing how you're replacing a HDD not a motherboard. I've also never seen that confirmed. I've used the same OEM copy of Windows on multiple motherboards. I was even able to use an OEM copy from newegg with an OEM Asus key. Still worked.
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    I've installed the same key on two motherboards. They were also a few hours after each other and it activated immediately. OP shouldn't have any problems.
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    My key still activates on my comptuer that I've formatted with about 6 times, I also used it on 3 of my other computers and about 4 of my friend's computers. After a couple formats inbetween those it started to deactivate the oldest installations, it won't activate on one of my newer computers now though.

    You'll be fine.

  16. Post #16
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    Damn. All photos are lost? I feel you, man.
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  17. Post #17
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    Damn. All photos are lost? I feel you, man.
    Recovered some, found a pic of our family when i was 6, am now 18. So that was nice
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    Never had Windows bitch about a hardware swap, ever.
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  19. Post #19
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    October 2011
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    Well it depends if you have product key or not. But if you're using a brand name PC like an HP or Dell you should be able to use a recovery CD from a similar PC, you can get them on ebay or you can try contacting the company.

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    I've got the disc. But surely the product key is taken?
    Not true. If the activation doesn't work, you can call Microsoft and explain the situation, they are usually OK with.

  20. Post #20
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    Recovered some, found a pic of our family when i was 6, am now 18. So that was nice
    That is why you have backups.

    We have our pictures in my fathers laptop and copy them to our external HDD sometimes. If one fucks up, we can copy from one to another again etc. We do backups about every month or so.


    But yeah, you should have no problems activating it again, and if you do, call microsoft so they can deactivate that key and you can use it again!

  21. Post #21
    P320's Avatar
    September 2011
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    That is why you have backups.

    We have our pictures in my fathers laptop and copy them to our external HDD sometimes. If one fucks up, we can copy from one to another again etc. We do backups about every month or so.
    Dropbox is my backup solution. It's also cross-platform. Photos and stories, with misc info in various text files. Stupid shit like music and games can always be reinstalled.