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Hard drive question

  • Hard Drives
  • SATA
  • Windows Vista
  • Storage
Last response: in Storage
December 23, 2008 3:07:35 PM


I resentlly bought a new sata drive im installing in my pc. right now i am using a 30gig ide drive and was upgrading to the new sata. I am currently running windows vista ultimate 32. My question is that i do not have the vista cd or can not obtain one with out buying it. I was wondering if there is a way to get it from my old drive and install it to the new sata?

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December 23, 2008 10:48:19 PM

one must question how you are running Vista in the first place
December 24, 2008 11:55:27 AM

it was installed on my pc when i bought it from somebody
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December 24, 2008 12:29:24 PM

You can create an image of the drive and transfer for it to the new drive. Some people refer it as ghosting. I have never done it so I can't tell you specifics but google some of what I said and you'll figure it out.
December 24, 2008 12:41:37 PM

Then it should have a vista key code on the outside, and all you need is a vista CD to do a re-install.

There are plenty of drive imaging software packages out there (acronis is one) that will move the data from one drive to the next.

December 24, 2008 12:41:58 PM

+1 on ghosting that drive. Try Norton Ghost or some other imaging program and you should be good to go.
a b G Storage
December 24, 2008 12:52:14 PM

head over to and download their free 15 day trial version of Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0

Its the full version but it flames out in 15 days
a b G Storage
December 24, 2008 1:53:03 PM

You should also be able to go to whoever made your new drives website and download software/utility that will do the same thing.
December 24, 2008 2:10:44 PM

there is no cd key on the side of the pc. It was a custom build. Also i am not what im suppose to do when i use norton ghost. Do i install the sata drive to my pc with the orginal ide drive still installed>?
a b G Storage
December 24, 2008 2:10:48 PM

+1 to Acronis - it's easy and great.
December 24, 2008 2:18:39 PM

+1 to Acronis.

You bought a Pirated OS if you dont have a key.

Contact the seller and tell him you will call Microsoft and turn him in if he dont give you a DvD with a product key.

All legal PCs will come with a product key no matter what, custom or retail.
December 24, 2008 2:24:11 PM

+1 to roadrunner. you need to have your cd key, if not then its illegal. anyway like many people said use Acronis and you will be set to go.
December 24, 2008 2:51:42 PM

Pirated OS. Expect trouble.

I totally agree with the suggestion to report the seller... he should either make it right or be prepared to deal with Microsoft.
December 24, 2008 5:55:28 PM

which product do i use from acronis. there is a bunch of them
December 24, 2008 7:11:46 PM

True Image, and clone de Hard Drive
December 25, 2008 2:53:53 AM

ok i tryed installing acronis tru image 2009 and it will not insatll . it keeps stoping during install. Is there another program i can use that does the same thing. Ive tryed 15 times to install it and it just wont
December 25, 2008 3:09:26 PM

use the older version of Acronis. or use Norton Ghost