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    A friends PC suddenly started freezing. After using the recovery disks and getting PC back to factory reset it still did the same.

    They took it for repair and they said it was a faulty hard drive and wanted to charge £80 for a new hard drive.

    The faulty hard drive had a recovery partition whereby they could use recovery disks to get a working PC. As it has a genuine copy of windows XP home on it think its probably OEM. Is it possible to buy and install a new hard drive and somehow get the license from the faulty hard drive and onto the new hard drive.

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    Where was it taken to to be looked at?

    Also, how old is the computer and what brand is it (HP/Compaq/Sony/etc...)?

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    SUMMONER;4447614

    Also, how old is the computer and what brand is it … Also, how old is the computer and what brand is it (HP/Compaq/Sony/etc...)?



    They say about 7 or 8 years old but was ok for general browsing surfing etc.

    It was one of the TIME pc's

    katymaty;4448286

    They say about 7 or 8 years old but was ok for general browsing surfing … They say about 7 or 8 years old but was ok for general browsing surfing etc.It was one of the TIME pc's



    For a Time PC of that age, to replace the harddrive, you'd only have to spend some £30 or so for a new standard IDE PATA 200GB drive. Buy a drive yourself from somewhere like eBuyer.com and save. Fitting one is easy enough.

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    dxx;4448346

    For a Time PC of that age, to replace the harddrive, you'd only have to … For a Time PC of that age, to replace the harddrive, you'd only have to spend some £30 or so for a new standard IDE PATA 200GB drive. Buy a drive yourself from somewhere like eBuyer.com and save. Fitting one is easy enough.



    Thanks, but then how do I get the XP home license from the old PC.

    Do the recovery disks you get with PC's contain everything thats in the Recovery partition if the drive ever gets corrupted.

    If thats the case I'm assuming all they have to do is boot up with CD and do a recovery install on the new hard drive without ever having to use the old corrupted one, or is it not as easy as that

    Original Poster

    BUMP Any ideas???

    Original Poster

    Helppppppppppppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-d

    You do have the TIME recovery CDs?

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    SUMMONER;4459893

    You do have the TIME recovery CDs?



    Yes. just wanted to know if I can install a new hard drive and install the recovery CD's on the new har drive without having to use the faulty one at all

    Yes, that should work fine.
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