My Samsung RV-510 laptop had a HD failure yesterday so I have replaced it with a new HD. The laptop came with Windows 7 Home Premium installed on the HD - so I am now trying to install Windows 7 onto the new HD.
As I have the genuine Windows serial key on a sticker at the bottom of the laptop, I thought it would be quite easy to download Windows, save it to disk and re-install it. This has not been very easy.
I downloaded Win 7 Home Premium and when I tried to install Windows onto the new HD - it said it was unable to use the new HD as a boot drive - please enable this in the BIOS (? This isn't the exact wording but this is what it was getting at.) Having accessed the BIOS, it is in there in the list ready to go so I don't understand why it won't work. The DVD Drive is set as the primary boot location as it contains the Windows files, the new HD is set as the secondary boot location.
If anyone can please offer any advice or assistance I'll be very grateful.
I have tried a different HDD this morning and it has allowed me to install programs with no problem. It's weird because the one which gave me error messages works fine in 2 other laptops we've tried, just not my Samsung.
One more question I have is about the original Windows 7 Home Premium OS which came with my laptop (pre-installed onto the HD. Now that HD has failed and been replaced, will I be able to legally use that serial for Win 7 on my new HD as it's still on the original laptop I purchased? I'm unsure if I need to contact Microsoft and obtain a different serial or if they'll allow me to use the one I already have as it's only being used on one machine, the original one it was bought for?