New HD & new WinXP SP3 installation question

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I  installing a new 120 GB Hard Drive in my Pressario 1500 laptop. Rather
than finding the restore disk and reload the system with all the old drivers
I decided to buy a new OEM WinXP SP3 disk ($99).

I can't clone from my original HD as it is corrupted.

My question is: Do I need to do a HD preparation first or is it just a
matter of inserting the disk and setting up the laptop to boot off the DVD.
My first attempt did not go well and I got a currupt file message. I
exchanged the WinXP disk and am about to start again. The disk packaging
mentioned some about installing a OEM Preparation kit first.

Any help appreciated.

Re: New HD & new WinXP SP3 installation question


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What on earth did they sell you???

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Who says so? Which OS did you use? Better put it aside, and do not touch it.
Perhaps, if the hardware is not defective, you can still use it. I guess it is a
2,5" drive. So, if it is okay, you could put it in an external USB-box. They are
very cheap - and easy to use.

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First: don't do anything. Let's check out what happened, BEFORE you decide what
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