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Hello! How can I re-install Windows 7 to a new HDD or SSD? I am replacing my HDD for a new SSD or HDD to re-install Windows 7. I hear some clicking sound inside my computer, I was wondering could it be the HDD? any help will be so appreciated!

asked Jul 03 '12 at 13:42

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Franky Juarez

edited Jul 03 '12 at 14:23

Buy an install disk/key from newegg or some other retailer, You really aren't specific, or do you want to transfer your install from a HDD you already have? I don't understand what you mean exactly.

answered Jul 03 '12 at 13:47

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I have Windows 7 Pro OEM disk bought from newegg. But, i hear some clicking sounds inside my computer, my first concern it could be the HDD. I'm planning to buy a SSD only for Windows 7 and re-install Windows 7 Pro on it...i still have the Windows 7 OEM disc....can i use the same oem disc to re-install it to a new SSD or HDD? hope you can understand my question!

(Jul 03 '12 at 13:52) Franky Juarez Franky%20Juarez's gravatar image

You can use it to install WIndows on there, as long as its the same motherboard, since OEM installs are tied to the motherboard's serial number.

(Jul 03 '12 at 13:57) pjob797 pjob797's gravatar image

Yes! same motherboard! but this is my first time doing this, Where to begin and what's the safest way to do it?! thank you for any help pjob97!

(Jul 03 '12 at 13:59) Franky Juarez Franky%20Juarez's gravatar image

WEll, if you're just going to install windows to the disk, not transferring programs and the install from the old HDD, just take out the old HDD, from your case, mount the SSD, place the windows 7 disk in and reboot your pc, and make sure you have a new product key or the one that is linked to your motherboard.

(Jul 03 '12 at 14:25) pjob797 pjob797's gravatar image

Disconnect all other hard drives and plug in the one drive you will install you OS on and boot from the installation DVD.

Follow the prompts and when you're booted into Windows shut down.

Plug in your old hard drive and boot into the bios.

Set your new hard drive as the primary boot drive and when you're in Windows you can transfer your data over or what have you.

answered Jul 03 '12 at 15:42

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@pjob97 a new product key? can I still use the same product key? do, I have to buy a new product key? @iamTechCrazy I want to re-install a fresh installation of Windows 7 to the new SSD or HDD, starting again from scratch....do i still have to transfer some data?

answered Jul 03 '12 at 16:17

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Franky Juarez

edited Jul 03 '12 at 16:18


For the @pjob797 question, you can use the same product key, and if activation for some reason fails, call Microsoft and they'll sort you out.

(Jul 03 '12 at 16:35) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

You don't have to. Since you're using an SSD, just keep all your data on the HD.

(Jul 03 '12 at 19:58) IamTechCrazy IamTechCrazy's gravatar image
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