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Solved Hard Drive needs replacement???


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#1
I am working on a friends Toshiba Satellite P75-A7100 laptop. His hard drive crashed. Connected hard drive to my PC and cannot access it. My friend has no disks or backups. I will need to replace the hard drive. Having said this, I have a couple of questions to start with:

1. I see no COA sticker on this laptop. I'm not sure about how to activate once 8.1 is loaded.

2. Where would I get 8.1? Is there an iso download and where to get a good one?
 

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System One

  • OS
    8.1

Brink

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mvp
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#2
Hello copiman, :)

Since the laptop came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, the product key will be embedded in the UEFI firmware chip on the OEM PC. When you install Windows 8.1 on the new hard drive, it should auto detect the key in the UEFI firmware chip and automatically be entered and activated with the key. They did away with COA stickers starting with Windows 8 to prevent people from being able to steal the keys as easily.

You can download an official Windows 8.1 ISO file directly from Microsoft using OPTION ONE in the tutorial below.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-windows-8-1-iso-download-create.html
 

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#3
Thanks Brink. As always you have been very helpful. This is my first hard drive replacement in an 8.1. Done many others, so this seems straight forward.
 

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System One

  • OS
    8.1

Brink

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#5
You're most welcome. :)
 

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System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

TechnoMage

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#6
I am working on a friends Toshiba Satellite P75-A7100 laptop. His hard drive crashed. Connected hard drive to my PC and cannot access it. My friend has no disks or backups. I will need to replace the hard drive. Having said this, I have a couple of questions to start with:
1. I see no COA sticker on this laptop. I'm not sure about how to activate once 8.1 is loaded.
2. Where would I get 8.1? Is there an iso download and where to get a good one?
Toshiba would probably be your best place to find the info you need.
Start Here: http://support.toshiba.com/support/modelHome?freeText=1200007479

Whatever OS you decide to install, for it to match the key in the Bios, it would have to be exactly the same as was installed by Toshiba.
Or just ignore the key in the bios and install what you want. :rolleyes:

You don't say where you are......but if you were close to me, I'd just say, "bring it on over here and I'll help you with it."
The US is an awfully big place!

Good Luck,
TechnoMage :cool:
 

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    Win-8.1
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    PC/Desktop
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    Gigabyte
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    AMD 8 Core
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    Gigabyte
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    PNY, 4GB
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    NVIDIA, GForce 210
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    21" HP
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    Seagate SATA III, 500GB
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    Antec Earthwatts, 650
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    Pac-Man Case
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    HP Professional
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    5 Meg
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    Firefox
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    AVG Free
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    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 pro