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My childrens HP hd crashed, so I ordered a new 80gb HD to install. My question is since its an HP it came with windows already on it. I dont have any discs for this comp. Will I need some? A separate copy of windows? I have another HP with Discs will those work? Is there any way to pull the data from the crashed HD? Never done this with the C drive have replaced the slave a couple times. Thx in advance
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Welcome to geeks to go.

Please do not bump the topic. It will look like someone is helping you already.

Your best bet is to get the recovery discs from HP. There will be a minimal charge. They will be specific to that computer.
Using discs from another HP is not allowed due to the licensing. The OS can only be installed on 1 computer.
Besides, even though you think they are identical, they are not exact. A recovery CD has everything for that unit including drivers that are board specific.

There are ways to get the data off the drive provided that it is not a physical crash.
If it is a physical/ mechanical crash you might get some off. Just depends how bad.

Slave the drive to another computer or put it in a external enclosure.
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