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amount of hdd replacements on Windows 7


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#1 jos789

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 09:20 PM

How often can a hard drive be replaced on a Windows 7 system without having to buy a new version of Windows?

 

Did somebody already replace the hard drive more than one time? Did Windows activate again?

 

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 05:55 AM

There is no problem changing drives and other internal hardware problems do arise when changing the MOBO's.  Unless you use the same make/model board Microsoft will consider it a new system.


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 07:44 AM

Doppleganger, Microsoft has a "point-system":

 

Windows Product Activation checks eight different categories of hardware:

    Processor & Serial Number
    IDE Adapter
    Hard Drive Device and VSN
    RAM Amount Range
    Display Adapter
    Optical Drive
    SCSI Adapter
    Network Adapter

 

You're right with the motherboard, because it has the most points (I don't know exactly how many point each hardware they gave).

 

Way back, when XP came out, I replaced a hard drive twice on a system and it refused the second replacement. Microsoft meight have changed that now with Windows 7. Possible, that somebody tried it already on Windows 7.



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 09:10 AM

I'm not sure if this is applicable to the question since I haven't done a Windows re-install onto a new/different HDD.

 

I clone frequently and use different HDD's on my 2 Windows 7 x64 PC's.  I'll occasionally swap HDD's and run on HDD #1 for 3-4 weeks and then, after another cloning process, run on the other HDD.  I haven't encountered any Windows issues ("not genuine" copy, not booting, etc) in about 3 years of cloning this way.

 

I also test-recover full-HDD images without issues.

 

My Mom has a Windows XP SP3  Desktop HP Pavillion PC with a Samsung HDD (the original HDD) installed.  I clone her PC occasionally onto a Seagate Barracuda HDD.  I've tested the cloned HDD several times and have test-recovered full-HDD images on her PC without issues.

 

I'm guessing that a Windows re-install, from a Windows CD onto a new HDD, is what the question is about here. 

 

I haven't yet tried the "replace to dissimilar hardware" feature or, as some cloning tools refer to it as a "universal restore", which is supposed to allow re-installing a HDD to a different PC with a new MoBo, etc.



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 10:40 AM

I've replaced various hard drives in various versions of Windows...and had no problem activating.  The only time that I can imagine a hard drive replacement provoking problems would be on an OEM (HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc.) system.

 

As previously stated...changing the motherboard is what provokes inability to activate.

 

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 03:22 PM

Provided you're not replacing hard drives frequently, weekly or monthly, you shouldn't have an issue.  Worst case you'll have to phone in to activate.  I don't know of anyone who was told they would have to purchase another copy due to replacing the hard drive.






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