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    Default Re: Seagate 100GB Hard Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    Hard drive warranties continue with the manufacturer until they expire. Go to HP's web site and check the drive's serial number to see when its warranty expires or if it has expired.

    As long as you have a legal key, you needn't worry much about a disc. If you can't find someone with a copy, you can simply download it via a number of file-sharing networks. It's not even illegal as long as the key is genuine.
    Yaw, I forgot to ask you where some of these "file-sharing networks" sites are that will let me download Windows XP Home Edition for free (since I have the key).

    I never knew there were such sites. I'd appreciate hearing back from you on these sites.

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    Who said they were sites? Where do you get "site" out of "file-sharing network"?

    A program such as Limewire or Shareaza will do it. The best way would probably be Bittorrent, but that's a little more complicated, particularly if you're using a router.

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    Sorry dude, it was a simple mistake in wording. Keep in mind, I'm a newbie to this site and the computer business.

    I do appreciate your input and hope you continue to assist me.

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    I was just cranky. Just go to the Shareaza link I posted and you can probably figure it out from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casecutter
    Yes, that is the best way to do it. Those restore disks you have don't actually contain Windows XP, they just contain everything HP had on that PC. Your copy of XP is on a hidden partition on your harddrive that would be lost if you formatted it. You'd be best off doing it theway you plan and you will have all that extra space to enjoy.
    Casecutter...today, Jan 17, 2006, I received a cd-rom from HP that said it was part of a Dukes/Dolan v. HP Settlement, Case No. CV-2002-270.

    I'm wondering if it's a copy of windows XP.....the short memo that came with the cd refers to it as a "ValueAdd and Support CD for Windows XP Home Edition".

    I hope the cd is an actual Windows XP Home Edition CD. Is there some way I can determine this?

    Thought you'd like to know about this.

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    Put it in the CD drive and start up the computer. Go into the BIOS or the boot menu by pressing either Delete or one of the "F" keys. If the boot menu pops up, select he CD or DVD drive. If the BIOS pops up, navigate through it until you find something that lets you change the boot device priority, and select the CD drive as the first drive.

    After doing either of those, the computer will boot to the CD and being the Windows Setup.

    Alternatively, you could just pop it into a computer running Windows and look at the CD. The autorun will probably pop-up with the Windows Setup if it's a Windows XP CD.

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    Found this on the web: Dukes/Dolan v. HP Settlement, Case No. CV-2002-270. Thought everyone should know about this settlement.

    "Attorneys for James, Hoyer have announced the settlement of class-action lawsuits brought against Hewlett-Packard ("HP"), concerning HP's alleged failure to disclose important information about hard drives on computers it sold, and that the computers did not include recovery CDs and "ValueAdd" and "Support" folders with the Windows XP operating systems installed at the factory. Two consumers represented by James, Hoyer brought the suits on behalf of tens of thousands of HP purchasers. They accused HP of engaging in deceptive and unfair trade practices.

    James, Hoyer negotiated a nationwide settlement with HP that provides computer buyers with free recovery CDs, free software, and free "ValueAdd" and "Support" files. The settlement resulted from years of hard-fought litigation by James, Hoyer. The attorneys for James, Hoyer took on HP in courts in Florida and Arkansas on behalf owners of HP customers across the country".
    Last edited by burnselk; 01-18-2006 at 10:33 PM.

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    I took the Seagate 100GB HDD back and traded it in for a WD 250GB for $70 with rebates. Since I intend to get into converting VHS tape to DVD I thought I should have a bigger drive....plus it wasn't that much more $. I don't like the WD 1 year warranty though....compared to Seagate's 5 year warranty.

    Now for my question: Will my HP Pavilion 7955 running WinXP Home Edition accept a HDD of this size? I've seen mention here and there that say it may only see 137GB of the 250....is that true?....why is that?.....and how do I get it to recognize the entire 250GB? Appreciate you guys. I intend to make it my secondary drive....and leave my small 40GB as my primary.

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    Default Re: Seagate 100GB Hard Drive

    As long as it's using Windows XP with SP 1 or 2 and isn't on an extremely old board, you'll get access to the whole drive.

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    Yeah, use Western Digital Data Lifeguard and it will enable it in your registry to properly see the full 250GB if it does not cooperate. I also doubt that disk set you got contains a Windows XP disk, most likely just a rescue disk that activates the hidden partition on your primary hard drive.
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