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I'm going to be ditching these hunk of junk hard drives soon, for a Corsair SSD and a 2tb Hitachi drive. My question is, if I replace the main drive, do I have to enter a new windows 7 product key, or can I reuse the current product key is running on. I have never dealt with hard drive replacements, so I'm not 100% sure on this. Any help would be appreciated.
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YOu can use your existing key

However, hitachi drives aren't great tbh. You'd be better off with a samsung or western digital. The western digital 2TB blue drives are epic.

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YOu can use your existing key

However, hitachi drives aren't great tbh. You'd be better off with a samsung or western digital. The western digital 2TB blue drives are epic.

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I want NOTHING to do with internal western digital drives anymore. (They're external hard drives are ok.) I have had nothing but problems with them. Crashes, slow data transfer, SLOW boot ups, etc. Not to mention how LOUD they are and the vibration they set off is ridiculous. I HATE both my Velocriaptor and Black Caviar drives. As soon as I get a new 2tb drive and an SSD, I will literally smash these two into pieces. But back to the windows issue, so you're saying I won't have any problems? I've heard you can only install one retail product key per computer. Does windows recognize it by MAC address or something?
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In which case you have to go with the samsung F4.

Replacing the hard drive isn't changing the computer, you still have the main core components so you'll be fine . If you change the processor and motherboard I think it will claim it's a different machine then.

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In which case you have to go with the samsung F4.

Replacing the hard drive isn't changing the computer, you still have the main core components so you'll be fine . If you change the processor and motherboard I think it will claim it's a different machine then.

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Alright thanks. Really the only thing about the upgrade I'm going to do is, case, drives, GPU, ,maybe sound card. Literally everything will stay the same. Thanks, hopefully everything does go well. I'd seriously hate to have to spend $100-300 on a product key.
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