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post #1 of 9
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So I'm thinking of picking up a Samsung F3 to replace my slow 320gig WD Blue.

My brother was studying computer stuffs over in college, so he gave me a 32-bit W7 install and key about 2 years ago, but he said it could only be used once (true?)

I want to use the F3 as my primary drive, so is there a way to transfer all my stuff to my F3 including the OS install, or do I have to buy a new key....

....I'd think I could just be able to write down the key and use it on an ISO of W7, right?


Or is he right with the whole "Only one use" thing?

Would the same key work on a 64-bit ISO?


I do have a 1tb external with stuff on it if it makes the whole transfer process easier.


Sorry for all the questions and sorry I space everything out. If it helps, try reading my post in little sections and putting it together.

I don't really have to move everything over, a fresh install would be alright too.




EDIT: Bonus fun fact for reading my post: My dog just learned how to push the power button on my computer :O

EDIT AGAINNN: This is also in the wrong section isn't it...
Edited by FauxFox - 4/17/11 at 9:00pm
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You could use something like Norton Ghost to make an image of your C: drive, then copy it over to the new drive. It will be like you never even changed drives.
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hey i had an old gateway that my step dad gave me i had no install disc i made an iso of the same xact version of xp and i used the xp key on the sticker on the back of the gateway and put it on a new hdd and put it in a whole new pc with new cpu mother board etc and when i booted it up it said to call microsoft i called them they asked for my old key i gave it to them than they gave me a new key over the phone,but since ur only swithin hard drives u may b able to clone the hdd with something like norton ghost and b fine,i got lucky bc i herd microsoft dont always do wat they did for me

if all else fails theres always "other ways" to get things lol
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Second for Norton Ghotst.
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by uncholowapo View Post
Second for Norton Ghotst.
But it's nottt freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Would a clean install be cheaper easier? I mean, would I be able to use the student key again?

It's a MSDNAA key.
post #6 of 9
This is what I use(free).
http://www.clonezilla.org/

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-ad...om-clonezilla/
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post #7 of 9
all i could say is i had oem xp and microsoft gave me a new key they didnt ask any questions just gave me a new key when i told them and they verafied my old key was legit and gave me a new one to type in and waited on the phone to make sure it worked jus make sure u make an iso of the same xact version of windows,i cant recomend it bc i dunno if it always works this way so i dont wana give u bad advice but it did work for me and this was only like 6months ago
post #8 of 9
and if u download the iso form a torrent site be carefull bc alot of them are pirated versions and have key gen hacks so make sure its just wat u need and not a fully pirated version i would go to a legit site like cnet if u dont want a pirated version
post #9 of 9
@OP

If you have a WD Drive, you can use the free tool from Western Digital powered by Acronis found here to either clone or image your drive.

I recommend you download that, install it and do a few things.

#1 Burn the recovery CD/ISO so you have a bootable copy to use if you have no access to an OS.

#2 Create a 'backup' image of your drive, your chocie - 'as-is' or 'sector-by-sector' (the latter would essentially backup all the free space as well, ie; whole drive | the 'as-is' option works just fine and will take less time to creat). Put that image on an external or keep it on the WD as a backup.

#3 Buy the Samsung and hook it up. Then 'clone' your WD to the Samsung.

It's super easy to use, self explanatory, free, and will give you piece of mind/seamless integration of your new snappy Samsung drive.



FYI ~ Seagate also offers a free Acronis powered solution for their drives as well. Either will work with their respective brands as long as one of their brands' of HDD is hooked up to the system. It will then clone any drive attached to the system.
    
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