hi, my brother's pc hd has given up the ghost+i am unable to extract any data from it or the 'Recover' partition so iv admitted defeat and want to buy a replacement hd and xp licence, can anyone please tell me roughly how much he should pay for a 250gb hd and xp licence? am i able to get a replacement licence from Microsoft being as the pc has the licence sticker on the side? ps-it was a samsung hd, should i get another samsung?
Sorry, RobTheOrganGuru, I'm afraid that, if the HDD in knackered, using it in a caddy will not help. When my wife lost her HDD, it cost her over £500 to get back the data.
I assume that the hard disk had the only version of Windows XP. You may be able to get hold of a copy from a friend and use this - but you must use the Product Key from the Certificate of Authenticity which is stick to the side of the PC, not the one from your borrowed media. You should find that this will then install correctly and verify correctly, but if not, use the provided telephone number to contact Microsoft and explain what has happened.
Once you have the new OS installed and verified, back it up onto a safe bootable media, so you can always have it avaialble if something goes wrong. You may use either a blank DVD, an external or second internal HDD or a large enough key but NOT a separte partition on the same HDD.
hi bob, oh yes iv tried the hd with a usb cable as per my other thread about trying to rescue it but even though my own pc will 'see' it, it is unable to 'open' the hd! grrr! so all i need to do is buy a new hd and use anyone's xp cd and enter the code on the licence?