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Reinstall Windows 8 on a new HDD after previous one died

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    Reinstall Windows 8 on a new HDD after previous one died


    Hi Folks,

    I would GREATLY appreciate some advice please.

    1. New Lenovo laptop Feb 2014 with Win 8, which had been upgraded to 8.1.
    2. HDD died in a blaze of glory yesterday
    3. No idea of the key
    4. Don't want a replacement drive as I'd like to keep hold of the dead one in case I decide to do data recovery

    What's the best course of action for reinstalling Win 8 on a new drive?

    - I've been told the key is stored in the bios - a new drive would pick it up?
    - I don't know if that would be a Win 8 or 8.1 key
    - How do I go about obtaining the right image? Would a straight OEM version work?
    - Called Lenovo, they want 20 for the installation disks and it can take a week for delivery, which will be the last resort, but I'd like to get back up and running asap

    HUGE thanks and a pint of your favourite beer if you can help me out

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    It worked perfectly - A massive thanks to genet! If you have Paypal, I'll happily send you a beer token
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    You are welcome.
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