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joseph456

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I have a Gateway M675 with a 60 gb hard drive. After two months the hard drive went bad. Now I have the opportunity to buy a 100 gb hard drive which has an operating system on it.

Can I just unplug the bad hard drive and plug in the new one?

How can I find out if this computer can accommodate the new drive other than knowing that it is for my model computer?

Will I have to make any changes in the bios?

Thanks.
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Wolfeymole

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Unfortunately you cannot simply insert the new drive with an operating system on as you will encounter hardware mismatch errors.

You can put the new drive in but you will have to reinstall Windows on it by changing the boot sequence in the bios to cdrom as first boot.

The new hard drive should also look like the one on the right in this image.

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Thanks - it is an IDE Drive.

If I have the Windows XP Code from the failed hard drive and an original Windows XP Pro SP2 disk I purchased a number of years ago.

Can I install from the Windows XP disk and use the code from the failed hard drive to authenticate?
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Yes, that should work. There should also be a COA sticker on the computer with the key.

Aslo, the XP CD with SP2 you purchased should have come with a COA sticker and key as well.
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Thanks for the prompt responses!
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