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Will I need to reactivate MS Windows if I upgrade the harddrive on my laptop?

Will I need to reactivate MS Windows if I upgrade the harddrive on my laptop?

I have a Toshiba Tecra A9 laptop that I want to upgrade the 120GB drive (HTS722012K9SA00) to a 500GB drive (HD20500 IDK/7K). Will I need to go through activation again due to hardware changes?

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Guest [Entry]

"According to this 6 or more changes of the following hardware items are needed before your prompted for re-activation:

Display Adapter
SCSI Adapter
IDE Adapter
Network Adapter MAC Address
RAM Amount Range (i.e. 0-64mb,
64-128mb, etc)
Processor Type
Processor Serial Number
Hard Drive Device
Hard Drive Volume Serial Number

If the PC is not dockable and a
network adapter exists and is not
changed, 6 or more of the other above
values would have to change before
reactivation was required. If a
network adapter existed but is changed
or never existed at all, 4 or more
changes (including the changed network
adapter if it previously existed) will
result in a requirement to reactivate."
Guest [Entry]

"Thank you everyone. I did not need to reactivate XP. Here is the procedure that I followed to intall the new drive.

I cloned the drive with a Clonezilla Live CD.

Toshiba ships with two partitions. One for C:\ and the other for squirreling away what is is memory for XP to suspend. I spun up my Linux VM and used parted to move the second partition to the end of the disk.

With the second partition moved, I used fdisk to resize the first partition care of this website that I pulled out of Google Cache since the website was down. At this point I set partition one as a NTFS and boot partition.

# fdisk /dev/sde
Command (m for help): p

Command (m for help): d
Partition number (1-4): 1

Command (m for help): n
Command action
e extended
p primary partition (1-4)
Partition number (1-4): 1
First cylinder (8-3648, default 1): 1
Last cylinder or +size or +sizeM or +sizeK (8-3648, default 3648): +468G

Command (m for help): t
Partition number (1-4): 1
Hex code (type L to list codes): 7
Changed system type of partition 1 to 7 (HPFS/NTFS)

Command (m for help): a
Partition number (1-4): 1

Command (m for help): p

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 1246 10008463+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

Command (m for help): w
The partition table has been altered!

Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
Syncing disks.

Command (m for help):q

The final step prior to opening up the Toshiba and installing the new drive is to resize the filesystem to match the partition. I used ntfsresize for this. I downloaded the tar ball from sourceforge.net

tar xvfz ntfsprogs-2.0.0.tar.gz
cd ntfsprogs-2.0.0
make install

ntfsresize --size 468G /dev/sde1

The physical removal and installation of hard drives is super easy on the Toshiba A9. The drive is in its own compartment on the the bottom. Remove two screws and the panel will pop off with just a little pulling. The drive is held into a metal frame that is sitting between some cushions for shock absorption."