Hey everyone. I have a bit of a problem. I recently just bought the new windows 7 64 bit and a new 1tb hard drive. After installing the windows 7, it's become aware to me that the hard drive may be defective. It has a lot of hang ups and difficulty seeking at random times. If I RMA'd this hard drive for a replacement, would I have to RMA the windows 7 disc aswell? I already activated my windows key..so if I installed it on another hard drive, wouldn't it come up as not genuine? I hope I'm making some sort of sense. Thank you.
Most probably your re-installation will activate without a hitch. Activation is tied to several components, not just the HDD i.e. Your Bios (MB), your Video card, and your 10/100 chip. Worst case, you will get a prompt that you need to call good ole uSoft, tell them you had to swap out HDD and walla you will be able to acitvate. As I said, swapping out the HDD should allow activating with out call. I've done this several times and not had to call yet. I've reinstalled win 7 on a laptop and a desktop where I swapped out the HDD for a SSD.