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a w Nov 13, 2008, 04:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey, having probs with my hard drive, so looking to buy a new hard drive but don't want the hassle of having to buy and install windows.

Does anyone know where i can buy a new HD with windows already installed? Im 99% sure i have seen them advertised somewhere, but can't for the life of me remember where.

I have a removable HD that i will move all of my important files to, then once i switch the new HD in for the old one, i will re-populate my data onto the new HD.

Any thoughts or advice on where to get one?

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TamTheBam Nov 13, 2008, 04:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying Hard drive with windows already installed. WHERE?????
I've never heard of that & IMHO not a good idea either. The only way you'll get that
is if you buy the rest of the computer that comes with it. From my experiences
- but maybe someone will argue against this - you need to install windows with
all your hardware intact otherwise there'll be complications when the systems
up and running if indeed it does work at all. Plus, you'd eventually have to format
again at some point in the future, and if there's no Windows disk, and a partition is
included for factory settings then that could present more unforeseeable problems - like for
example when your harddrive fails or what ever else may happen.



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Bungle Nov 13, 2008, 04:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying Hard drive with windows already installed. WHERE?????
Yeah, I don't think I've ever seen that either. I'm not sure you would want it even if you did. windows needs to be setup on a system with an identical hardware configuration as the one it will be ran on otherwise you will run into major hardware confilicts and incompatibility issues that will result in frequent blue screens and other issues. While this might be feasable for a big OEM like HP or Gateway since they sell so many systems that are identically configured its not really practical for the vast majority of computer hardware vendors to do. besides simply installing windows is the short part of replacing your boot drive... its updating the OS, getting things configured, and re-installing all your software that takes forever.

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Shawn Langley Nov 13, 2008, 05:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying Hard drive with windows already installed. WHERE?????
Id agree for a third opinion you shouldn't buy a drive with it preinstalled as an install gets it accustomed so to speak to your hardware it may not like being moved between different PC's also i've never heard of HDD's being sold like this.

Its VERY easy to do it yourself id recommend giving it a shot at worst your'l mess up the install somehow but a quick format will fix that with ease then you can find your nearest nerd/neighbour/geek/gamer and give him the disk and hdd and have him do it for you lol....hell if I lived near you id do it for you its that little effort required =)

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angryhippy Nov 14, 2008, 05:05am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Buying Hard drive with windows already installed. WHERE?????
If you can move your files to a portable drive, then your old drive is working well enough that you can use the CD that comes with a new hard drive to move the OS to the new one. Just follow the instructions on how to set your new drive up as the boot drive and the software will copy the OS from the old drive to the new one. Defrag and run the error checking app on the drives properties/tools tab first. Check both boxes to recover and repair bad sectors and say yes to run the check on next boot. Make sure to back up anything you don't want to lose.

The OS when it installs automatically installs the basic drivers for the components on your particular make model mobo and CPU/GPU. Anyone who says they sell disks that can just get thrown into a computer with the OS installed and guarantee it will run is either a fool or a crook

As for setting up the OS yourself, I load Windows in less than 15 minutes. Of course it takes 6 days to do the updates but that's a whole different story. lol

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