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#1 sherbetdab


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 11:36 AM

I have a packard bell computer and my hard drive is broken i only received a recovery disk with the computer which wont work on a new hard drive is it possible to ghost an operating system from a different computer to a new hard drive and use it in my packard bell computer

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#2 acklan


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 12:23 PM

In theory yes. The trouble is two fold. First this would constitute piracy. Other than Linux you don't have many companies that allow an operating system to be use without purchasing a second legal copy. Second. If you are talking about XP Home or Professional, the minute it detects you are on a second computer MicroSoft will disable both copies via the internet and cause you to contact them for a new activation code.
I would try Red Hat 9 (If still available) as a start. I found it has a lower learning curve then Slackware or Suse Linux.
The Linux I currently use is Puppy Linux. It is free and comes with a lot of freeware. If you have 256mb of RAM and a CDRW you do not even need to have a hard drive. You can run it on computer with as little as 32mb RAM if installed to the hard drive.
I am sorry if this is not the answer you wanted or expected but I do not think anyone here will help you violate the copy right protection of Windows. The EULA for windows prohibits what you want to do.
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#3 phantazy


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:47 PM

Packard Bell support should provide if you contact them and explain what happened. Might charge you a nominal fee.

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