Will system disk install windows on new HD

I have a 5 month old computer with a Seagate drive that has already triped the SMART warning. I voided the warrenty when I opened the box to put in my old secondary drive and my firewire card, so I am on my own. I want to replace the bad drive with a new one, but don't have the Windows 7 disk (came installed on the computer). I have created a System disc and a system image. Will those install Windows 7 on the new drive?
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  1. I honestly can't answer your specific question - perhaps someone else will soon.

    But most HD manufacturers offer a utility to clone/resize your HD onto a new HD. The utilities work if the target drive is from that manufacturer, sometimes if the source drive is theirs. Just in case you need it, or find it easier to do, here's a sample link from WD:

  2. as twoboxer said the drive manufacturer software may help to clone to your new drive as long as your drive still works ok to do it

    heres seagates software


    and heres their hard drive tools to diagnose and try to repair bad sectors etc


    to answer your original question i think they will install windows 7 on the new disc without having to re-activate as its only the hard drive you changed--if you changed more components or the motherboard then it would be different--if i am wrong about that some one will soon say so--but cloning it may do the job just as well
  3. Let us know how it works out!
  4. Thanks for the input. I ran the Seagate disc utility and it verified the drive is bad. The long test did not fix the problem, so I guess I will have to replace it. I am starting to hear irregular spinning too, so even more urgent. It is an OEM drive and like I said, opening the case voided the warrenty, so I think I am on the hook for the new drive. I am hesitant to buy another Seagate, since this one crumped in just 5 months. Will the cloning utilities work on drives from different manufacturers? The instructions for Windows 7 system disc and system image say that it will reproduce everything, including the Windows files, but it is not clear to me if that means the system will be complete or need something from an installation disc.
  5. Yes, the cloning software will always work as long as the target (new) drive is their brand. Some will (or at least did) work if the source drive was their brand.
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