Drive shot, can I reinstall XP on a new drive?

By macx
Nov 6, 2005
  1. By virtue of problems I won't elaborate on,
    I think my new drive in my new computer
    is now just a paper weight.

    I had just installed XP Home, and hadn't
    even hooked up to the net yet so it isn't

    Will I have a problem installing that same
    XP in a new replacement drive? (due to
    registration etc) I've got another drive
    in that same computer I could reinstall
    everything on till I can get a replacement
    for the one I was using for the C drive
    with all the apps - but would eventually
    like to have XP & all other apps on a
    separate physical drive from the remaining
    functional drive in the computer now.

    If so, there must be some way to do that?
    (I know how to physically transfer the files,
    I'm talking about registration)

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Get the replacement HD, so that you can leave the other one in place with all its contents.
    Then install XP from scratch, followed by all the other programs, on that new HD. You have 30 days from installation to register/activate XP.
    Should you have any problems, just one phonecall to M$ will clear them.

    Just out of curiosity, how did you manage to screw up a new disk?
    Only reason I can think of is that it was faulty to begin with.
    Personally I would put in a good IDE harddisk (e.g. Seagate Barracuda) for the OS, rather than a SATA, if that is what you had.
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    First, THANKFULLY, I did NOT screw up the drive.

    I worked my way thru the BIOS setup again this
    morning, using the manual as a guide, and when I
    finished, the drive came alive & so did XP!

    Apparently I had disabled that drive on one of my
    trips thru the BIOS. (I'm on a perpetual learning
    curve with this type of activity)

    I'm even on the net with the new unit (this post)
    and have got XP activated and all is better today
    than it was a couple days ago.

    Thanks so much for your reply & concern!
  4. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Noobs, they're just so adorable. :haha:
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