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Activation required after moving hard drive from laptop to desktop

Question: Activation required after moving hard drive from laptop to desktop

Okay, so two weeks ago someone put their foot through my Acer laptop screen. Rather than had it fixed, I decided to remove the 2.5 inch hard drive, and transplant it into my HP Pavilion Desktop.

The Acer was running Windows 7 and the desktop Windows Vista. I bought a 2.5inch to 3.5inch hard drive bay converter, removed the 3.5inch HD (4 years old with Vista) and replaced it with the 2.5inch HD (6 months old with Win 7 64 bit).

All the drivers were updated and I had a sparkling new desktop running Windows 7. The laptop carcass was then disposed of.

All well until I found a date ticker saying that I needed to activate the O/S. There was a product code already in the form, so I hit the Activate button. The reply came back that it was not valid. I certainly did not change it from when it was in the laptop.

What can I do? I obviously do not want to pay for a new O/S, since I had bought the Acer laptop with Win 7 and it is still only on one computer.

What are my options? Can anyone assist?

Many thanks,

Hal.

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Preferred Solution: Activation required after moving hard drive from laptop to desktop

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Answer: Activation required after moving hard drive from laptop to desktop

The reason its unactivated is that the late Acer laptop had a factory win7 activated via Acer oem activation- this type of activation is a brew of several components one of them being an oem marker in the bios. When you moved the hard disk to the HP, the bios marker and some other components went missing.

Theres no option other than buying a new license. The Acer license was tied to that computer, its not transferrable. However, since you already have vista, you can buy an Upgrade win7 license which is considerably cheaper than the full retail license. FYI, you can also do a clean install of windows using the upgrade disk.

BTW, that product code is not the product key, hence the error.

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Okay, so here's the deal:

I built a computer, which left my old one without a hard drive. My mother has an outdated computer we picked up a while ago. After explaining just how outdated it was, I decided to move her hard drive into my old computer. The problem is that after I did that, Windows told me that it needed to be activated again. I called by phone, and the answering service said that my product key had already been used for installation, which makes sense because it was on a different computer...I guess.

So I go to change my product key, which requires the key that came with the computer. This key I entered, and surprise, it said that it's not valid, and the only number it offered for me to call to get a new product key is incorrect.

So what am I supposed to do here exactly? What's the -proper- way to go about getting a new product key from M$?

Note: The computer is SEVERAL years old, so contacting the manufacturer may not be advisable, because I don't know if we're going to be able to find the payment information.

Answer:Moving a hard drive from one computer to the next...activation problem

Your best option is to reinstall XP from scratch and enter a matching unused product key right away during the installation. Moving a system drive into another computer requires a clean installation to work properly anyway, the motherboard and devices are different and if you don't reinstall you'll face stability issues.

An XP Home product key won't work with an XP Pro installation & an OEM product key won't work with a retail installation. If you already have a retail XP CD you can order an additional product key for that version. If XP was preinstalled on the old system (your mother's hard drive) then what you have there is an OEM installation and you can't legally transfer it in another system and reactivate : once it's been installed on a computer it's married to that computer. You'll need to buy a new XP CD (this is a link to the cheaper OEM version, what I said about OEM versions above applies).

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I want to move my 40gig hard drive into a new tower box I have bought.Will there be any problems doing this? I want to keep all the stuff I have on the drive including windows XP etc.. I have swapped hard drives in laptops with no problems... they tend to boot up automatically,but I havnt done it on a desktop.Thanks in anticipation.

Answer:moving a hard drive to new desktop

It might work okay, but usually it doesn't. You'll probably have to wipe the drive and reinstall Windows. Backup your stuff in any case.

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I had Dell XPS 8300 Desktop & had bought & Installed Windows-7 ( Ultimate ) on it's 500 GB HDD.

I gave that system to my relative except Hard Drive.

Now I bought Dell T-7500 Workstation with only DOS installed on it's hard drive to save some money & because I already have Windows-7 ( Ultimate ) DVD.

I took out the hard drive with DOS from the workstation & replaced it with the hard drive that I had in XPS with Win-7 already installed.

I then tried to boot it in the workstation but it wouldn't boot & gave error messages.

So I formatted the OS Partition & fresh installed Windows-7. Now it does load Windows -7 but first it goes thru some other commands as follows when I start the system.


Dell SAS 6 Host Bus Adapter BIOS
MPTBIOS 6.22.03.00 ( 2008.08.06 )
Initializing?..
Press Ctrl ? C to run SAS Configuration Utility
Searching for Devices at HBA 0?..
Dell MPT Boot ROM Successfully installed

Then it loads Windows-7.

All of above happens on its own, I don't touch anything.

So what is going on & what do I have to do get rid off those initializing commands ? I have never had this happen to any previously owned Dell systems.

Also I haven't installed any drivers yet but Sound, Video & Internet does work.

Do I need to install any drivers & if yes, which ones ?

Here is the configuration of Dell workstation T-7500 :

Intel(R) Xeon(R) E5645 2.40GHz, 12M cache, 5.86 GT/s QPI, Turb... Read more

Answer:Need Help Moving Hard Drive To New Desktop

Welcome to the forumI believe the messages are the hard drive controller detecting its first boot device and/or looking for a raid array.



Integrated LSI 1068e SAS/SATA 3.0Gb/s controllerGBClick to expand...

Go into bios F2 or del as the computer is booting,once in bios look for an option 'probably in integrated peripherals/devices or onboard device',look for a first boot device option or similar and select you hard drive as the first boot device,look for for the option boot other device and disable it and in the boot order set your drive as the first and only only boot device and lastly look for the option 'quick boot' and enable it also.

The wording for the bios menus maybe slightly different as I don't have much experience with Dell bios's,have you tried hitting ctrl -C and entering the SAS config? At a guess you maybe able to set up your first boot device in there and select only your hard drive and disable raid but again I've never entered that menu on Dell's and don't know what's beyond it so stick around for other replies.

How long does it take to pass those checks? If its only a couple of seconds I wouldn't worry about it.
 

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Hello

I like to first thanks for the all the free support you guys are making.

Anyway, here is what I need.

I have 2 laptops, one I'm using have PATA hard disc (Toshiba SatellitE), and the other one 'm not really sure but it's Sony Vaio PCG-9P6L. I think it must be PATA because it's old, I even disassembled the hard disc and looks like PATA drive from google search I found...

They are both old laptops and about 7 years old.

Anyway I need some data frommy Soy Vaio but the laptop is broken. It' not completely broken I can actually turn it on using toothpick,, (long story), plus the monitor is physically broken.

Anyway I know it requires USB converter thing b/w SATA and PATA drive, but this is between PATA and PATA so.. I hope I can just plug it in to my current laptop without a problem.

Thanks
 

Answer:Moving laptop Hard Driver to another laptop, both PATA drive.

Something like this should work. You would leave the current HD in the working laptop. Attach the HD from the broken laptop to the IDE/PATA connector on the cable and the other end of the cable goes into the USB of the working laptop. Here is a detailed guide: http://help.artaro.eu/index.php/data-recovery/recover-files-from-hard-disk.html You should have access to the old HD and be able to copy files to the laptops internal HD.

Another option if you only want data retrieval would be to put the HD from the broken laptop into the working laptop (don't try to boot the laptop with this HD). Then download something like Puppy Linux and write the ISO file to a blank CD as an image file. Imgburn's "Write Image File to Disc" would do it. Then boot the laptop from the CD and it will give you access to the files on the HD which you could copy over to a USB flash drive. Here is a detailed guide: http://help.artaro.eu/index.php/data-recovery/recover-files-from-hard-disk.html
 

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Hello,Is it possible to replace a hard drive that I work with on my Lenovo ThinkPad x201 to: Lenovo IdeaPad G50-80 Or a similar model. Can I do this and keep all of the Data And Operating system? can i just switch the hard drives ,turn the pc on and it will start normaly with the operating system? Thank you! Dani

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I have Windows Vista Home Premium for this Dell desktop I have. Earlier this summer, out of the pure blue when I turned on my computer one day, a box popped up saying about needing activation & to put in the activation code. There was a choice to do it Now or Later. My desktop screen was/is also all black.

Don't know if this is a virus or not. I've had Norton 360 all along. My computer's been slower ever since. Thank God it hasn't affected me from using my computer or the internet day-to-day, but I need to take care of this.

Does someone know how to get my computer back to normal IN VERY LAYMAN'S terms (ste by step) since I'm not tech savvy when it comes to this kind of stuff?

I do have my Vista Home Premuim Reinstallation DVD. I've got my current product Key code, which my computer said didn't work when I tried typing it in.

ANY help would be appreciated!

Answer:[SOLVED] Activation Required? All Black Desktop?

The black screen is a result of not having a valid CD key activated for Windows. You want to make sure you are using the CD key in your case opposite the part of the case that normally holds the disc (maybe under a manual). If you confirm that you are using the correct key and are still unable to validate it online, you can try giving Microsoft Tech Support a call [EDIT: They have a bunch of activation centers all over the country, and you should be able to choose "Activate By Phone" on the activation screen to find the correct number]. In the past, they have been very helpful with activation issues as long as you have information on the CD case.

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Dog knocked over my laptop and now it doesn't work.
Removed the hard deive and bought a used laptop as
the broken one.
what do I need to due to get the hard drive to run in
the new laptop

Answer:moving hard drive to a differant laptop

Does the used laptop have a secondary bay to insert the hard drive from the damaged computer?
Do you have a hard drive enclosure?
Has the internal hard drive from the damaged computer been checked to see if it was also damaged?

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Hello, I am trying to move a hard disk from my Hp pavillion dv9000 laptop to a dv9500. You'd think you could just boot to safe mode then replace the drivers, but even then I get INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE. How would I install the hd controller when I can't boot to XP?

Answer:Moving Hard drive to other laptop: INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

Hello, I am trying to move a hard disk from my Hp pavillion dv9000 laptop to a dv9500. You'd think you could just boot to safe mode then replace the drivers, but even then I get INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE. How would I install the hd controller when I can't boot to XP?
Boot from a cd/dvd or usb drive with a bootable device (windows boot disk). You can not swap out a working drive with windows on it to another computer that has different specs. You will need to re-install the operating system.

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Hello to all!

It has been a long time since I needed the forum help, but right now I really need it.

This is the situation:

I had an old Compaq laptop with an intel chipset, in it I had an 500 gb HDD that was running Windows 7 ultimate and all of my favorite programs. That computer is not longer available and I need to move the HDD to another very similar Compaq laptop but with an AMD chipset.

First I tried just plugin in the the HDD in the "new" laptop, but I got a BSOD.

Kept looking for solutions and found here that I should try to start it in Safe Mode and remove drivers and specially modify the registry to change a setting on the intel chipset and to rename intelppm.sys to intelpp.old on the windows/system32/drivers directory. So I tried to do it, but it BSOD again.

What I did next was to use an external sata to usb adapter and connected the HDD to the "new" laptop and modified the registry and renamed the file from there. Connected the HDD and still BSOD.

Right now I don't know what more to try, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

I also, know that a fresh install would be the best possible solution, but I would love to keep my installed programs, settings and customizations.

Any help and suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Max

Answer:Problems physically moving old hard drive to new laptop. Need Help

There are a couple of apps out there that will allow you to "migrate" an existing Win7 installation from one set of hardware to an entirely different set. You hook up the old drive and boot from a CD (containing the app), provide it the drivers for the new PC, and it installs the new drivers to replace the old ones. When done, you reboot and you're ready to go.

I've used the Macrium Reflect Redeploy app -- which costs money. But, I believe you can also do much the same with an Acronis app and an EASUS ToDo Backup Workstation. I've not used either, so someone else would have to comment on them.

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I have a Dell D820 running Windows 7 Enterprise with Bitlocker active. Because of video problems, I want to move the hard drive to a spare D820 (the spare has no hard drive).

Do I just temporarily disable Bitlocker, or must I decrypt the drive first? The computer with the drive installed in it now is working just enough that I can probably decrypt the drive if I have to.

If I just temporarily disable Bitlocker before swapping the drive into the spare computer, what are the steps for re-enabling Bitlocker? The new computer has its own TPM, but I am not sure of the implications of that.

I'd appreciate knowing what steps I have to follow.

Thanks!

Answer:Managing Bitlocker while moving hard drive to new laptop

Just to be safe, I would decrypt the drive, and then just recrypt it when it is on the new laptop.

BitLocker Drive Encryption - Windows 7 Drive - Turn On or Off with no TPM

-Justin

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So I just moved my laptop hard drive To my desktop to run windows 7 but it keeps stopping at the starting windows and running system boot repair but it can't fix it or somthing. Im probably guessing it's the drivers causing the problem cause it's
Moved to my desktop but any way to get around it?

Answer:Moving laptop hard drive to computer with windows 7

As you say, "I just moved my laptop hard drive To my desktop," therefore a OEM manufacturer's install, which will most likely will not boot.

Take a look at this tutorial:
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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I have two Asus laptops. Laptop A has a 256 gig hard drive. Laptop B has a 512 gig drive. Both are sata drives. What I want to do is move the hard drive from Laptop B to Laptop A. I want to either do a repair install or just reinstall the Win 7 with a custom install so I don't lost any data.

Laptop A is overheating . Fan not working.

What's the best thing to do? Suggestions?

Answer:moving laptop hard drive to another laptop

I couldn't do a repair install. I ended up doing a custom install. Took over 8 hours to run all the updates. WOW

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Hi all!
Question 1: Owning a E6430 with twin video card, the laptop was damaged.
The person that damaged the laptop will of course refund me, however
I really like that model so I will get another identical lease return.
Can I simply swap the HD to the new one and go?
What happens with the Windows Product Key?
Question 2: Can I go with e E6530 to have a bigger screen with my swapped hard drive?
Thank you in advance for any advice.

Answer:Moving E6430 Win 7 Hard Drive to another identical laptop. Problems?

You'll want to make sure that whatever replacement you purchase is licensed for the same version of Windows you're currently running, including the edition (Home Premium, Pro, etc).  OEM licenses are explicitly NOT transferable to other systems the way licenses purchased at retail (separate from a PC) are, and when you move your drive to another PC, there's a decent chance Windows will detect that several components have changed (based on MAC address, motherboard unique ID, etc) and fall out of activation. If that happens, you'll need to supply a different product key, hence the need for your new system to have its own, which should then activate despite the fact that you've got a different hard drive installed.
If you upgraded from an OEM Windows 7 license to Windows 10, then once again you'll want to make sure that the license on the PC you're buying also had ITS license upgraded to Windows 10, otherwise you'll have the same problem I mentioned above -- and Microsoft isn't allowing free upgrades to Win10 anymore, so just having a Windows 7 license on the new PC won't be enough to reactivate your Win10 installation if that's what you have.
In terms of swapping models, a change that small shouldn't be a problem -- worst case you may need to install a few different drivers, e.g. the video card.  However, I'm not sure about this.  It's certainly the case that just dropping a hard drive from one system into a... Read more

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My 20 gb hard drive with win 98 as died a death, I have a Toshiba 40 gb laptop hard drive with win 2000 on it which does work, having fitted an adapter and then plugged it in place of the duff one when turning the PC on it stops when trying to recognise the hard drive and hangs.In the bios I have changed it to auto detect but again does not recognise the hard drive, am I missing something fundamental? any help greatly appreciated.

Answer:Replacing Desktop Hard drive with Laptop Hard driv

I Am under the impression that laptop HDD's are not the same as those made for desktop PC's. I may well be wrong, but i would not even try what you have tried, as i would not actually expect it to work.Sorry if not much help.

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Hi,

I am in the process of doing a clean re-install of Windows XP for Home on my PC. I have 3 hard drives:

c: 200gb Maxtor SATA drive - bootable with Windows XP (existing Windows install)
d: 20gb Maxtor IDE drive - non bootable data drive
g: 160gb Maxtor IDE drive - bootable with the clean install of Windows XP for home on it

Windows is not seeing all the sizes quite right yet but I will tackle that when I have solved this major problem that follows:

If I boot from the C drive - I have no problems at all. Windows will see all the different drives as it should do, I can access them all and they all work fine.

When I come to boot the clean install on drive G windows changes the drive letters - G becomes C, D remains as D but the 200gb Maxtor SATA drive isn't seen at all and might as well not exist.

Disk Management within Windows is no help as it can't see the drive, Maxtor software MaxBlast 4 is also no help as it can't see the drive on this install either.

I have checked and rechecked the BIOS but have pretty much discounted any issues here as it clearly shows all 3 drives and all 3 drives are listed on boot up. It's just when Windows kicks in that I have the problem.

I guess it's a simple setting somewhere, but I am pulling out what little hair I have left trying to think what it is - so any ideas would be very gratefully received.

Thanks in advance and kind regards

Stuart
 

Answer:Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

Hi
This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
You might want to place a pagefile on each drive so pageing can occur concurrently too.
 

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Ok my laptop didnt work anymore and my desktop need a hard drive I took the hard drive from my laptop hooked up to my desktop it works but I can't get no internet on it. I have a Wi-Fi stick but it isn't working. Can you help me fix this problem.
 

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My desktop computer's mobo just died, and I have a new one on order. But I hate the wait, and am wondering if it is possible to use my hard drive from that computer with my laptop easily? Could someone post how?

Answer:Use desktop PC's hard drive with my laptop

well if you just want to access the data on the hard drive then you can buy a cheap external harddrive case that you can connect to your laptop via USB/Firewire port.

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Hi, I know its possible to use a 2.5" laptop hard drive in your desktop pc with a converter, but I was wondering if it was possible to do it the other way around? Use a 3.5" desktop hard drive on a laptop with an IDE converter (assuming it was powered by a desktop PSU).

I don't mind if it doesn't fit inside the laptop. I can't use an external usb case because I want the laptop to boot from that drive and the laptop doesn't support booting from a usb drive. The laptop is a HP Omnibook 4150 Pentium2 300mhz 64mb.

Cheers.
 

Answer:Use desktop hard drive on laptop?

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can i use a laptop hard drive in a desktop?
 

Answer:Can i use a laptop hard drive on a desktop?

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My laptop just died on me, and i need to rescue some of the data from the hard drive. ive read a few sites and discovered i can connect the drive inside my desktop, so i went out and got a cable to do so, but now im home and have poped open my desktop and im totally lost as to what and how to do it. also i have noticed my laptop drive appears to have no jumper switch.

Any help on this subject would be most appreciated.

cheers.

Dan.
 

Answer:Laptop Hard drive in desktop pc

ok hook the ide cable the comes from the blue slot to the h-d and pray it boots lol
 

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is it possible to connect a laptop hard drive to a desktop with the IDE cable...the laptop drive i have is inside an external enclosure,which is seen as USB TO IDE BRIDGE in the Device manager of my desktop PC

dont ask why i want to connect the drive to my PC
 

Answer:Laptop Hard Drive In Desktop?

I won't ask...
You'll need to get an adapter to mount it. (2.5" to 3.5" adapter)
 

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So this is just a random question but, do laptop hard drives consume less power than desktop hard drives? I'm only asking because I'm thinking of just buying brackets and swapping out all my desktop's hard drives with laptop hard drives. I would imagine that a laptop hard drive saves a lot of power, but hey I could be wrong, so I thought I'd ask for an outside opinion. Thanks!

Answer:Laptop Hard Drive Vs Desktop Hard Drive

I don't believe that they use less power. Many laptop hard drives run at 5400 RPM, as opposed to 7200 RPM, which saves power but reduces performance, but you can also buy 5400 RPM desktop hard drives and 7200 RPM laptop hard drives. Your best bet to reduce power consumption and improve performance is to get a SSD. SSDs are much faster and use less power because they have no moving parts. It is recommended to still have a hard drive for storage, because larger SSDs are still expensive.

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Hello! I'm having trouble transfering my files from my laptops hard drive to my desktop computer. My laptop won't boot up, and tech support determined the motherboard was dead, so before I send it in, they advised me to remove any important information from my hard drive, and anything I didn't want to lose. I bought a SATA HDD to USB device, but I can't open the folder. When I click to open it so I can transfer the files, I get this:
Recovery Partition
Warning!

This area of your hard disk
(or partition) contains files used
for your system recovery.

Do not delete or alter these files.

Any change to this partition could
prevent any recovery later.

Is there anything I can do?

Thanks in advance for any help!
 

Answer:Connecting laptop hard drive to desktop

That's your recovery partition, and it won't contain any files you want to save, like My Docs.
Look for another partition.
You can image this drive to reinstall later, using Acronis, or one of these, like Drive Image XML:
http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/backupandimage.shtml
 

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Hey all..

I have a question, since my laptop is old and not working well at all would I be able to take the hard drive (with windows 7) and somehow install it into a desktop computer that for the moment runs windows xp? just to use until I can afford a proper computer...

thanks for your time

edited by moderator etaf>
 

Answer:laptop hard drive in desktop computer?

i have edited you post for language

No , you will not be able to use the windows 7 from a laptop
1) almost certainly the license will be OEM and tied to the laptop hardware
2) The hardware is different and the drivers will not be correct for the desktop system
3) The XP desktop may not be to the minimum specification for W7 anyway
 

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can i do this and how?
 

Answer:connect desktop hard drive to laptop

Why??


External HDD enclosure
 

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My external hard drive is not being recognized by Windows for whatever reason, so I need some extra space until I figure out how to fix that. My old desktop (Compaq Presario 5000) has a 20gb hard drive and I need to know if there is anyway to access it's hard drive through my laptop. Is there a way to connect them with USB or anything along those lines? I just need to be able to take stuff from my laptop's hard drive and transfer it to my desktop directly, without disks or anything.
 

Answer:Accessing desktop hard drive through a laptop?

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I have an older Sony Vaio laptop running Windows ME and a newer e-machine desktop running Windows XP Home. They are currently not connected or networked in my home.

? Is there any possibility I could use the laptop as a backup hard drive for the desktop?

? Is there any possibility I could download MusicMatch and MP3 files from the desktop to the laptop for use in my stereo system as a 'MP3 Jukebox"?

If so....how?

Thanks for your insight.

PMM
 

Answer:using laptop as backup hard drive for desktop?

You could network them and then drad and drop all files into the laptop yes but it would be very slow.
 

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Having had windows nearly die on my pretty busted up laptop, I decided to delete windows and get linux, after I deleted windows I discovered that my CD Drive is broken MAJOR BUMMER.  However I now have a connector to go into a regular hard drive slot on a PC, and all I have to do is plug it in (easy) and then put a new OS on it.One problem, I have no idea how.  Help Please!Thanks in advance

Answer:Putting a new OS on a laptop hard drive from a desktop

Ok so if I'm understanding this correctly you have used a connector to connect your laptops hard drive to your main PC's motherboard?  And now you want to install the version of Windows that's on your PC onto your laptop?

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is there a adapter to hook up a laptop hard drive to a desktop computer?
 

Answer:laptop hard drive on desktop computer

Yes there is.
 

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Hi folks--I'm having trouble with this. My laptop, I believe, just has a dead motherboard but the hard drive is still okay. I bought an IDE cable from the repair store that I took my computer to so I could transfer my data to our desktop computer here at home, but as I said, having trouble. I have the adapter plugged into the secondary port coming off of the white cable that goes to the hard drive and (this is very hard to describe) the power plug is plugged into the only plug that I could find that it would go into, but I'm not sure what I unplugged to be able to plug it in (did I use the word "plug" enough?). Anyway, as far as I can tell, it's not detecting the laptop drive. If it IS detecting is, where should I be looking for it? Sorry, I know I should give more details, but kids are crying. I do have the powercord aligned with the red strip on the white cable and I've tried flipping things back and forth.
 

Answer:Connecting laptop hard drive to desktop

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Hi there,

I was moving a load of files from my laptop to an external hard drive (F). When I tried to use the laptop the next day (when disconnected from the hard drive) I got an error message saying "F:\MW\Desktop refers to a location which is unavailable..." and I could not open any files using word, excel etc. I assumed that somehow I had moved the desktop folder to the hard drive.

When connected to the hard drive the laptop functioned fine and I could see the desktop folder on the hard drive, I then tried to move the desktop folder from the hard drive to my desktop a few times, this created a kind of circular reference with the error message now saying "F:\MW\Desktop\Desktop\Desktop\Desktop refers to a location which is unavailable..."

Does anyone know how to get my desktop back on the laptop?!

Thanks and regards,

Dogegg
 

Answer:Need to get desktop back onto laptop from hard drive

Sorry I should add -

Toshiba Satellite Pro U300 running Vista SP2
Seagate 500GB external hard drive
 

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I have an older Son Vaio laptop running Windows ME and a newer e-machine desktop running Windows XP Home. They are currently not connected or networked in my home.

? Is there any possibility I could use the laptop as a backup hard drive for the desktop?

? Is there any possibility I could download MusicMatch and MP3 files from the desktop to the laptop for use in my stereo system as a 'MP3 Jukebox"?

Thanks for your insight.

PMM
 

Answer:using laptop as backup hard drive for desktop

I don't see any reason why you can't do both of the above. Obviously, you'd have to connect the two machines, preferrably with a network connection. Do they both have network capabilities, i.e. NICs (Network Interface Cards)? If so, all you need is a cross-over CAT5 cable to do the job.
 

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I installed a new hard drive on my desktop. Is there a way to connect the old one to my laptop. There are some files i need to get.
 

Answer:connect desktop hard drive to laptop

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I am getting the error windows cannot access \\CHRS_LAPTOP\laptop harddrive

What is going on, I set the sharing preferences so no password is needed to access the hard drive and everyone can access it. This worked in windows 7 and 8.1, what changed in windows 10?

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I am getting the error windows cannot access \\CHRS_LAPTOP\laptop harddrive

What is going on, I set the sharing preferences so no password is needed to access the hard drive and everyone can access it. This worked in windows 7 and 8.1, what changed in windows 10?

Answer:Accessing hard drive in laptop from desktop.

Are you using an MS account. If yes try to switch to a local account and share the drive again.
Not sure why its not working in case of MS Account

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A lightning strike seems to have fried our Gateway NV79 laptop. My wife was using it when lightning struck nearby. She said the laptop and/or attached monitor "popped" and both the laptop screen and 2nd monitor went dark.

Tried to start the laptop again and you can see the power light come on but nothing shows up on the laptop screen. Then tried to attach another monitor (not the one that was attached to it originally) but nothing showed there either.

I know it may be too expensive to pay someone to try and fix it and I'm not sure what I can do so I'm wondering if I can at least get the data off the hard drive.

Are there adapters that let you hook a laptop HD to a desktop?

Thanks in advance for any help
 

Answer:Can you read laptop hard drive with a desktop?

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I've got a unbootable Gateway laptop with a corrupt registry. I would like to back up the files and I've tried many tools and cannot get the files off.

Is there a way to hook the laptop hard drive up to a IDE cable in a desktop as a slave? Adapters of some sort?
 

Answer:Connect laptop hard drive to desktop?

yes there are adapters
not used this one - but just as an example
http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=35
google search
http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=ide+to+2.5"+adapter&btnG=Google+Search&meta=
 

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Ok, so my desktop is pretty old and it has had some problems lately. I can turn on my desktop and use it for about 5 minutes before it freezes up. I tried opening up and blowing a fan into the cpu thinking it might be an overheating problem and well that did let me run a little longer.

I have a wireless connection and i have been able to get some of the files i want off the desktop but with it freezing up all the time it would takes weeks. So my question is, i was wondering if anyone knows how i can maybe just directly connect this hard drive to my new laptop with a wire? I know you can add hard drives to new desktops as slave drives and all but a laptop is a lot different than that obviously....

urgent please help me because i want to just completely reformat my old desktop but i need these files off there before i can do that!!!

thanks,
TyGuy
 

Answer:Retrieving files from hard drive from old desktop to new laptop

get you something like this...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1955450&CatId=2213

This will allow you to plug it into your laptop, and you can keep it around for extra storage on the laptop!!!!

Roger
 

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My ethernet is being used for dsl and I don't have firewire. I have USB2. This is my first attempt at networking. I have Windows 7 on my laptop and Windows xp and Windows 7 on my desktop (two separate drives)
 

Answer:Solved: How do I network a laptop & a desktop so I can see each other's hard drive's

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I have a HP ZE4560US Laptop which won't boot. I have a lot of personal files on the hard drive that I can't afford to lose. Does anyone know of a way to connect that laptops hard drive to a Dell inspiron 570 Desktop? I purchased a 44 pin IDE to Sata adapter but when plugged in and rebooted it's not recognized. any help would be appreciated.

Answer:how to connect a laptop Hard Drive to a desktop Computer.

Could be the drive has completely failed...can you feel it spinning up ? ?                               I use 1 of these...about 8 Bucks....laptop to IDE connector.

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I have a windows 8 laptop that won't boot from either the Hard Drive or Optical Drive. I have taken the Hard drive out and connected it to my desktop that runs Windows 7. I have tried with an USB external adapter and connected directly to the motherboard with SATA and power cables. Neither way has produced a readable drive that I can see any files on.

I have tried to search this problem and cannot find any useable information on either Google or Bing. I need to know if there is an issue with reading Windows 8 formated hard drives in a windows 7 enviroment or is there something wrong with this hard drive?

Thank you

Answer:Is a Laptop hard drive readable from a Windows 7 desktop?

Hello theeye, and welcome to Eight Forums

Sounds like there's something wrong with the HDD. Possibly a dead hard drive.

When it's connected to your Windows 7 PC, open Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to see if it's listed, and post a screenshot showing it in Disk Management if it is.
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

What brand is the hard drive? You might also download a drive testing program from the manufacturer's site to test the drive with to see if it fails. If it fails, then it's a dead or dying a driving.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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I'm using a hard drive to store all my files at home and I have my desktop and lap top both pointing to the hard drive, so that whatever computer I'm on, I am accessing and editing the same files.

I'll be moving away for the winter and am looking for a cloud solution where I can take the files on my hard drive, and duplicate them in the cloud, so that every time I access and edit a file in the cloud, it re-writes it on my hard drive and vice versa.

Both my desktop and laptop are Mac. OS X El Capitan

I'm using Google Drive now, but as far as I can tell it requires I transfer all my files to a Drive folder that lives on each computer. That won't work because when I access the files on one of the computers to edit, it doesn't change it on the other. So I would need the Drive folder to be installed on my hard drive/server, and I don't think that's possible.

I much appreciate any suggestions/solutions
 

Answer:Sync desktop - laptop - hard drive - cloud

Syncing across devices is how google drive should work
onedrive
dropbox
icloud drive
all work the same as syncing between devices

so you edit a file on PC A and save onto the onedrive folder on the PC and all other PCs logged into the onedrive/googledrive/dropbox etc
will see and re-sync the updated file

I will have to think How that may work with an external harddrive as well

i have 4 PCs all synced via onedrive/dropbox and so any files are available to all the PCs A,B,C & D where ever they are , so long as they can access the internet and be kept in sync
even using pages on an ipad willsync across all the devices using icloud drive

onedrive is limited to 5GB storage for free with a MS email account like outlook.com / hotmail.com
dropbox is limited to 2GB storage

i thought google drive did do the same syncing , but not used google drive for a while
 

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I am unable to logon to my Windows XP Home laptop due to "the local policy of this system does not permit logon interactively". So I try to save the data on the hard drive (Fujitsu MHV2080AH) to my desktop with an USB2.0 to IDE/SATA adapter (Cables Unlimited brand). It does not work because the laptop hard drive does not show up on the desktop screen and there is a constant buzzing kind of sound while connected to the adapter. What is wrong here? Is the USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA adapter the right tool for this?  Or can I use a Kingwin USB2.0 enclosure kit for this task?  Thanks in advance for your insight!

Answer:Problem connecting a laptop hard drive to a desktop.

Double check your bios setup... you must select in BIOS to use the IDE or SATA drive. If it is not selected, it will not work. I've done this myself and used a sata to USB adapter, rather than IDE.

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I have an IBM Thinkpad 770 model which is completely defunct except for the hard drive. As far as im aware the hard drive from that is a 2.5" drive and my desktop runs a 3.5" drive. I have found a cable whichs is a "40-way IDC to 44-way Micro IDC with power connector" will this do the trick ? Also is the power supply for powering the laptops hard drive then supplied through the IDE cable ? And also will I have to alter any settings on my hard drive when I connect up the laptops hard drive into the tower unit of my desktop pc? Any help on this I would be exteremly grateful.
 

Answer:Connecting a Laptop Hard Drive ionto my Desktop PC

Please do not post the same problem more than once, It is confusing. The answer you want is in your other post.

http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?t=223932
 

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hello all,

Here’s my problem…I have a Samsung hard drive (HD120JI) I want to connect it to a desktop to retrieve files… from what I can tell it doesn’t have the common 44 pin connection it only has one row of 22 (I’m assuming its because it might be SATA) …I was wondering if it is in fact SATA and if a SATA to IDE adaptor would work for my issue?? Lemme kno if there is any info I left out …. Many thanks in advance
 

Answer:Solved: connecting laptop hard drive to a desktop

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Hello,

I wanted to recover data that was on a now broken laptop because,
not long ago my W7 laptop died on me, I tried to get someone to fix it for me but apparently the motherboard is dead so no fixing for me lol. I bought a HardDrive enclosure, put in the HardDrive, plug it into my desktop computer, makes the sound that it's in, after installing I couldn't find the hard drive on "My computer" therefore I went into "Disk management" and I see it says "disk 5 unknown, not initialized" I tried to use "photorec_win/testdisk" but my hard drive doesn't show up in the command box.

How can I recover my stuff please, I'm hopeless

Answer:My laptop hard drive doesn't show up on desktop pc

I would say that your disk is dead.
Ask Jumanji for help. He is the disk guru. http://www.sevenforums.com/member.php?u=163641

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I recently retrieved some files on a laptop hard drive using an adapter kit installed to my desktop's hard drive. Now I want to wipe the laptop hard drive. I've already used the format command, but am still a bit uneasy about any sensitive files remaining so would really like to nuke anything on the laptop hard drive. I've read here that Dban seems to be popular. My concern, of course, is not wiping out my C: drive on the desktop. Would Dban be an appropriate solution in this case or is there a more suitable solution?
 

Answer:Solved: Need to Wipe Laptop Hard Drive using Desktop

If you want to be sure you don't make a mistake, simply install the laptop drive as the primary master, and disconnect all other drives for the formatting. It's pretty hard to access them without a cable attached.
 

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(I asked this in a solved thread by mistake, sorry)

Sorry to ask a stupid question but I have a problem similar to this:

http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/591544-solved-problems-backing-up-laptops-2.html

my laptop wont boot at all even though its getting power, so tech support told me its a hardware problem and i have to send it for repair.

What I want to know is do these Hard Drive adapters make it asif your laptop HD is an external memory device....like a memory stick? Does this mean I'll be able to retrive my files as it seems like i'll end up with it at factory settings after repair? Or is it really complicated?

Any help is much appreciated.
 

Answer:Solved: Question about Laptop hard drive to desktop adapter.

It just makes it easy to connect your small drive to the large connector inside the desktop. It will appear as a normal, internal drive that you can just copy from.
 

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Will it?

It has the same exact connectors as a desktop SATA hard drive. I also notice many people who are into silent pc's call it 2.5" hard drives instead of notebook\laptop hard drives meaning it works in a desktop motherboard?
 

Answer:Will a laptop SATA hard drive work on a desktop motherboard?

Yes. It is a SATA drive like any other, only smaller.
 

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Hi all,

I bought a refurbished Dell Optiplex with Windows 7 a few years ago, not a brilliant PC but it was cheap and did the job for me. I used my own TV as the monitor so it was connected via VGA.

One day when I turned it on it made a series of beeps which at the time I didn?t panic about. So I turned the power off and back on and this time it started up as normal.

Later in the day I had left for a short while but when I came back the TV?s sleep mode had kicked in and I couldn't get the computer display back on at all. So I turned it off at the power again and back on and this time it made the series of beeps again (6 in a row I believe) and it did this every time I tried powering off and on again.

I looked it up online and found that the number of beeps was a code and 6 beeps was something to do with the video card/display I think so the main suggestion was checking for dust which I did.

I also then replaced the VGA cable but got the same issue.

Knowing it wasn?t the TV/Monitor I thought I?ll try replacing it anyway to be sure, we have another TV exact same model in the house so tried it with both the VGA cables but same again.

A colleague in work recommended a product to me ?Asus GeForce 210 Nvidia Graphics Card (1GB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, DisplayPort, DirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.2, Dust-Proof Fan)' this had a VGA and HDMI port on it so I tried both of these but still the same.

Somewhere along the line as well the computer no long... Read more

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Ok here me out, I have an old windows millenium pc I completely Destroyed the hard drive, Meaning theres completely Nothing on it.

Im trying to put windows xp on it using the windows millenium pc but im getting a invalid boot diskette error When im not even trying to use a diskette, So,

Is there a way i can hook up the desktop harddrive to my laptop install the operating system and then move the hard drive back onto the desktop machine?

Is it possible? Thanks for listening

Answer:Installing an operating system on a desktop hard drive on a laptop

It might work with an eSata port - if you have one on your laptop.

Here is a solution for Windows7 for USB attached HDDs. Not sure whether that would work for XP.

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Very bizarre behavior. I have an old Mybook USB 2.0 for backup purposes like Resumes/Pictures.
I am running the latest Windows build on both my laptop and desktop.

I checked WD Utilties. Hard drive passed test.

When I am copying stuff from my desktop to the hard drive I am getting a BSOD IRQL error once it starts-not every single time.

I have it connected up to my laptop now and have gotten 0 crashes. Any ideas?

Answer:External Hard Drive causing BSOD on Desktop-not laptop

USB 2.0 ports on the laptop and USB 3.0 port on the desktop? The plastic insert on a USB 2.0 port is black, and it is blue on a USB 3.0 port.

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Very bizarre behavior. I have an old Mybook USB 2.0 for backup purposes like Resumes/Pictures.
I am running the latest Windows build on both my laptop and desktop.

I checked WD Utilties. Hard drive passed test.

When I am copying stuff from my desktop to the hard drive I am getting a BSOD IRQL error once it starts-not every single time.

I have it connected up to my laptop now and have gotten 0 crashes. Any ideas?

Answer:External Hard Drive causing BSOD on Desktop-not laptop

USB 2.0 ports on the laptop and USB 3.0 port on the desktop? The plastic insert on a USB 2.0 port is black, and it is blue on a USB 3.0 port.

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Well the situation is this my Laptop monitor is fryed and i want to get all of my files off the hard drive and onto my desktop. the hard drive is from a HP Pavillion dv9000, the desktop is a ACER Aspire M5100-E5401A. i dont know much about this kind of thing so if theres anything else you need to know just ask.
B.T.W. the laptop is XP PRO SP2 and the desktop is XP PRO SP3
 

Answer:read a Laptop internal hard drive externally on my Desktop

If you can get the hard drive out there are many adapters or enclosures that you can purchase to turn it into an external USB drive that can be read from another PC. How comfortable are you with taking the laptop apart? A better option may be to see if the laptop has an external video port that will allow you to hook up to an external monitor so that you can save your files without having to remove the drive.

Regards,
Rollin
 

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I believe that my motherboard crashed in my old desktop, so I bought myself another desktop. They both operate on Windows XP. Of course my old desktop had been password protected upon entering windows, and I set up the new desktop with the same ID and password. I placed the old hard disk drive into the new desktop, and the new desktop easily recognized the old disk, and the old disk became the E drive in the new desktop. Some of my programs are easily accessible in the new desktop, however, when I try to open some documents, (especially those in My Documents, etc.), I get a message that says I don?t have access to these and they are protected.
Any ideas as to how I can inexpensively access my files on the old hard disk and do away with the password protection that existed on the old drive? Any assistance is appreciated.

Answer:moving old hard disk to new desktop

Hey there ardyess, welcome to BC! You probably just need to take ownership of the files: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

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Does it have the same power plug and sata port as a 3.5 inch sata drive?
I think it is a laptop sata drive.
Will a sata II controller work if the drive is a sata I drive?

Answer:1.8 inch laptop sata hard drive will it plug and play in a desktop pc?

Answers to all three are YES.

IF the drive is Sata 1 and the controller is rated to Sata 2, the drive will still work.

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Recently my laptop, which is successfully connected to the wireless network, has failed to recognize shared folders on my desktop and the external hard drive connected to it. Laptop running 7, desktop running XP Pro. 2 days ago it was working fine. Yesterday it stopped working. I have made no changes that I can think of. All of the folders on the desktop and external drive that I want shared are set up for sharing. So, my question is, what do I need to do to again be able to read and write to these folders, especially the ones on the external hard drive. I believe the adjustment has to be made on the desktop, either in the network connections or the file sharing, but the laptop may need adjusted as well. I am not an advanced user and would appreciate any guidance anyone with expertise could give me.
Thanks in advance!!!
 

Answer:Laptop cannot access files from my desktop with external hard drive connected to it

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I just got a new comp and want to move my Galaxies and Godfather game files from one drive to the other.

I am wondering if anyone knows how get this to work, or, get it so i can run the program from a different drive than my primary drive.

thanks
 

Answer:Moving game files hard drive to hard drive

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks
 

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Hey guys!!!
I was wondering if its possible to put an itel i5 6600 in my Laptop - probook 6570b which is currently using a intel i5 323om. I dont know if it even fit inside, and also one is using Ivybridge and other Skylake
Thanks for the info!!!
 

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I have installed XP pro on a laptop hard drive by connecting it to my desktop IDE,every thing was fine and working when tested,but as soon as i connected it to laptop IDE it wont boot at all,and all i can see is a flashing cursor.anyone to help with this.Laptop>>P3 700Mhz(obviously i have no floppy or CD drive for it).Desktop>>Celeron 600Mhz

Answer:Moving XP from Desktop to Laptop

I think that by doing it that way you will have missed out all the set-up and installation files that XP requires to operate on your laptop drive..

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My C: driving only has 2 gb of empty space left. Is there some way I can move my desktop to the D: drive (partition)?

I have tried to search on this question but get nothing relevant. If you do search and find the answer I would appreciate it if you would let me know what you searched on.

Thanks!

Answer:moving the desktop to my d: drive?

whats on your "desktop" that takes up so much space you want it moved?
you can link your user docs/pics/etc to another drive but as far as the user profile and user folder with temp and permanent os settings, they cannot be migrated without some type of migration software or reinstall os on top without format to another physical drive (d). this will leave your old system intact and actually give you dual boot xp xp. (lol) though that would require reinstalling your programs you;ve added since having your computer but if the new drive is what you want.

guess the easiest think would be to just move all your documents and data you want to keep (not programs from the c:\program files) to the d: drive. if you do it within explorer windows will know what you;re doing and actually link c:\documents and settings\*username\my documents to d:\whatever\my documents if you perform a move. it will prompt you ofcourse but go for it!!!

btw good data practice to backup you data often. hard drives are mechanical in nature and meant to break down one day.

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Alright so i have an Acer aspire one 756(Laptop) with a Hitachi travelstar z5k500 hdd and due to the low specs on the laptop i want to move the hdd to a not so old desktop i have which doesn't have a hard drive.Well after some researching on the internet i found some information from some people saying it would just be fine moving it but i dont want to take the risk of moving it till i got a confirmation.So basically im just asking you guys to confirm that i can move it but if not tell me why.
 

Answer:Moving laptop hdd to desktop.Need guides

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Hello all,

Let me explain my situation.

I have a server (HP Proliant ML350 G5) that has a hard disk with Windows 7 Enterprise and Ubuntu (I'll talk about that on UbuntuForums, though). I recently acquired a Dell Dimension 9150.

I moved the hard disk from the server to the Dell. Now Windows won't boot. It gets as far as the OS selection. I select Windows 7 from the OS choices. I don't even get the Starting Windows screen. If I try Safe Mode, I get the driver loading screen, but nothing more than that. When I try Startup Repair, it hangs at "Loading Windows Files".
I cannot re-install windows because of programs and admin tools found on that hard disk.
Please help!

Answer:Windows 7 Not Booting after Moving Hard Disk from Server to Desktop

  
Quote: Originally Posted by pacificfils


Hello all,

Let me explain my situation.

I have a server (HP Proliant ML350 G5) that has a hard disk with Windows 7 Enterprise and Ubuntu (I'll talk about that on UbuntuForums, though). I recently acquired a Dell Dimension 9150.

I moved the hard disk from the server to the Dell. Now Windows won't boot. It gets as far as the OS selection. I select Windows 7 from the OS choices. I don't even get the Starting Windows screen. If I try Safe Mode, I get the driver loading screen, but nothing more than that. When I try Startup Repair, it hangs at "Loading Windows Files".


I cannot re-install windows because of programs and admin tools found on that hard disk.


Please help!


all the drivers related to the motherboard will be installed with the windows 7 install so you would need to put the hard drive back on the server then run sysprep on win 7 shut down then put back onto the desktop which will have a different mobo and hardware setup which will be installed at first boot.

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I've bought a 150gb raptor x to put a new installation of Vista Home Premium on. I want to keep my old hard drive for files and stuff. My question is is how do I transfer my old setting to the new installation? Also how should I remove vista from the old drive with out removing all my personal files?

any help would be great, thanks!
 

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I am having a strange problem with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. On the Desktop, I have all my drive icons aligned down the right side of the screen, but whenever I turn on or restart my computer, the icon for one of my DVD drives always moves back over to the left side. And even after I move it back to the right side, it will shift left again upon the next reboot. And this is the only icon that ever moves. "Align icons to grid" is checked, but "Auto Arrange Icons" is not.

It's a minor annoyance, I know, but I'd appreciate any solutions.

Answer:Desktop Drive Icon Keeps Moving

Hey Ed,

Couple of questions:

1) At any time (after installing Win 8) have you used and removed Stadock's Fences program or any similar "corraling" software ?

2) Is this DVD drive external?

The Fences software, even after uninstalling, leaves icon positioning kind of funky on Win 8. For this reason, I've stopped using all Stardock personalization software. They are not completely compatible yet.

I've found with Win 8 it sometimes "misplaces" USB hardware. When you reboot, it loses it, then finds it again and will place the icon in the default position (on the left).

John

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Hi..
I am signed in as the administrator on my windows 7 account. When I try to move a Norton 360 installer file from the desktop to the C: drive/program files/Norton 360 I get an error stating that I need to signed in as the administrator on the account (?).
Anyone have any idea ?

Thanks,
Mark

Answer:Moving file from desktop to C drive

Your Desktop is already on your C: drive if you open Windows explorer & right click on your Desktop & choose properties you will see it's location is C:\Users\username\Desktop.
Run the installer from the desktop , if needed right click the installer & choose run as administrator from the options menu.

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Hi... I'm using Windows 7 / 64 bit version.

when I move a folder that is residing on the desktop to a location in one of the drives,
the folder is more like copied to the drive where I'd like to place it, leaving the
original folder on the desktop...so I now have 2 folders.... the one that is moved (copied)
and the original, still on the desktop. What I'd really like to have happen is if I want to move
the folder on the desktop, is move it from the desktop and, place it in a folder on one of the drives
and not have it as a copy.... but move the real thing, move the folder. Is there a preference somewhere
that is duplicating the folder I want to move.... as opposed to just moving it?
Thanks for the help.

Answer:Moving folders from the desktop to a drive

I have always just right clicked on the folder and chose "Cut", then selected the location I want it to go and right click and chose "Paste". That works without fail.

If you are dragging the file, then you can experiment with holding the SHIFT key while dragging. That usually changes the behavior from COPY to MOVE.

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HelloI'm having problems with my hard drive, with it completely crashing every couple of months or so. Recovery doesn't work so i have to reformat it and start afresh. Is this likely to be a problem with the hardware or a software fault. If it is a hardware fault would simply replacing the hard drive be liekly to fix it or could other components be affecting it?Thanks

Answer:Hard drive help required

Run CHKDSK click herelet us know the results.

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I recently acquired a new laptop computer to replace my ancient desktop computer. I'd like to transfer files from the old desktop to the new laptop, but I seem to have a problem. The disc drives on the desktop are no longer operational, and some of the files are too large to send 'to myself' via e-mail. I remember being able to plug a friend's external hard drive into my desktop and being able to move files onto it, and was hoping to rescue files by transferring them from the desktop to the hard drive and the hard drive to the laptop, but upon borrowing his hard drive, I now find that the desktop refuses to acknowledge that the drive exists! This hard drive is not the same one as I used before, so I expect that this might be the cause of the problem. Can you suggest an external hard drive that I could purchase that would be suitable for use in this situation? The desktop is running Windows 98.
OF course, any other solutions to my transferring problem would also be very welcome.

Answer:Moving Files from a Windows 98 desktop to a new laptop

If you get a usb caddy with the correct conections for the drives on your desktop. you may be able to remove your desktops drive and see the drives contents that way. I would suggest a powered caddy as the usb ports on a laptop can not always give enought power

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Hi.
I have a Sony VAIO desktop with a Remote. I want to move this remote to my Sony VAIO laptop. They are both running WinXP. How do I get the software/drivers?
Thx.
 

Answer:Moving Sony Remote from Desktop to Laptop

Note that I am referring to a Remote Control (like a TV remote control). One have with Desktop is a RM-MC1, which goes to the IR until plugged into an USB port.
 

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Im building a pc and i wanted to use the ssd from my laptop because i dont want to re buy windows 10. How wpuld i go about getting it on my pc? Cause i dont know if the product key is tied to the mother board or if i can just plop it over to the pc, and do a fresh install and use the same key
 

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Folks,

Recently when throwing out their old PC, I took the hard drive from my partents' desktop (basically to prevent the data being taken by enayone else).

I've now found myself with a spare 3.5 inch HD enclosure, and thought I'd use the old desktop HD as another external drive. Only 20GB, but could still be useful just as a backup for my personal files etc.

I put it in the enclosure and USBd it to my laptop, it came up fine, recognised etc., but I also ran a virus check on the contents and found I-Worm/Sober.K - eek!

After that virus check ran I unplugged that drive, and did a full system scan on my laptop which came up clean, but I'm wondering what I should do with that hard drive now, thinking my options are:

1. Clean up the virus and use it as is (i.e. don't reformat). Not really sure if the worm presents a threat to the rest of my system here, or exactly how I'd remove it.

2. Re-format the hard drive. I assume at the moment it has the OS on it from when it was an internal HD, now I just want to use it as storage. If this is the best option I'd appreciate some advice about how to best do this, especially if there are things like choosing between NTFS/FAT32 (I don't know what either of those are).

3. Just destroy it, a new HD isn't that expensive!

So basically I'd like advice as to the best optin to take from 1-3.

Also, the reson I had the spare enclsoure was I had a chip on the PCB of my other external hard dr... Read more

Answer:Assistance required using old (and infected!) desktop HD as external drive

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Hello, and good afternoon to you all, my cd/dvd drive has just stopped reading any cds/dvds and I dont know why. My operating system is windows 7, and ive NEVER had any problems it was using asampoo burning studio to burn a cd, then it just sopped working, I desperately need to get this sorted ASAP,....when i go to start and type in CD crive,..it says windows cant open this file. CD Drive.link
Any suggestions please??

Answer:Help required Windows 7 Desktop CD/DVD drive just stopped working

AShampoo has locked the drive.
reboot and retry, see if it will appear in Computer

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My hard drive has failed, so i decided to get a newer bigger hard drive. so i bought a brand new 80 Gb drive. I removed the old hard drive and replaced it with the new drive, quite easy actually. This is when i became an idiot! I have 2 pc's and placed my operating system from my other computer when i switched it on, as I said idiot. Now the computer with the new hard drive starts up giving me 5 options( none of which work)1. Start in safe mode2. Start in safe mode with networking3. Start in safe mode with command prompt4. Last known good configuration5. Start windows normallyHELPMEPLEASEI think I need to formatt the hard drive again, however have no idea how to do it without being in windows.

Answer:Arrgghh Hard Drive Help Required!!

well...ok...on that page start windows normally..thats a normal screen that pcs come up with...lets u get into the computer to add or remove files that may be stopping the comp working....select Start windows normallyif that fails...(it shouldnt) then go in under safe mode...ther u can use all disk drives to put on drivers an things..

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I have a 60gb hard drive that's filling up rapidly! There's 15gb left. Now MESH have stated that my mobo could only handle an 80gb hard drive and said that I would require the xp disc (which hey have) to re-install xp on the new drive.I was hoping to install a second drive inside the case but I'm not sure how to do this or even if it's possible. Can anyone advise?Mesh Matrix 1500.(nov 01)Asus A7A266 moboAthlon xp2400+2 x 256 ddr 2100 ram60gb 7200rpm udma-100 EIDE HDD with 2mb buffer

Answer:More hard drive space required.

Why not fit a Extra Hard Drive as Slave to the one already in the computer. Or get a USB2 External drive that you can just move from PC to PC

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I have a 60gb HD, with Windows ME, we have recently bought a 120gb HD and want to put XP in it.My problem is I have soo much stuff that I want on the old hard drive, and cant think of a way of transfering it over, other than copying all the stuuf on to CD's etc.I was told that I can do 1 of 2 things, either get a lead to connect to both HD's and copy across, or put both HD's in the pc as there should be a spare slot and then copy across that way.Can anyone help me PLEASE !!!!!!  

Answer:Help required on changing my Hard Drive

Why not use both harddrives?Install them both, connect them to the IDE cables and set one to Master, one to slave. Either by using the Jumper and selecting Master/Slave or by using Cable Select and using the BIOS.Instructions should be printed on a sticker on top of the manual.

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Hi All,

I am trying to upgrade the hard drive which has my operating system on it.
I disconnect all drives except the one which has the operating system and the new drive which will replace the old one.
I use Norton ghost to copy from the old to the new but when i connect the new drive only it does not boot into windows.
I beleive i have to make the partition of the new drive as active but at what stage do i have to do this?
Do i just have the new drive plugged in and then change the drive to active?
Can someone please explain exactly what i need to do.

Cheers

Answer:Upgrading hard drive help required

Yes it has to be active. And is ghost copying the system reserve partition to the new drive ?
Also you may want to try doing a startup repair with your install disc up to 3 times.

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Hi I am thinking of buying a second Hard Drive for my Desktop as I wish to start doing a bit of DVD editing. The 2 drives I was thinking of buying were either the Maxtor 120 GB or a Western Digital 120 GB. Both IDE I have read an earlier thread on the Maxtor drive in which it is said the Maxtor can be quite noisy and there is mention of the Maxtor being an ATA133 and the Western Digital being an ATA100. Can someone explain the difference between an ATA 133 and ATA100 please and any preference between the Maxtor Drive and the Western Digital Drive would be appreciated regards Al

Answer:Hard Drive advice required

My 60GB Western Digital Caviar SE with 8MB cache is very quiet and, being the version ending with JB, comes with a three-year warranty.You can buy WD (and other brands) from dabs, Scan etc at very low prices in OEM form.

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hi there

I actually want to buy hard drive for my computer.

My computer is Hp Pavillion

I was looking for a hard drive on the net.. it says different hard drive like quantum-fireball, compaq etc.

Kindly advice me can I buy any hard drive and use it on my computer?


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Answer:hard-drive.. Advice required

I have actually got a hard drive of 40 GB in my computer..(I am currently using Windows XP)

But I need other one (4-10 GB) because I want to install Windows 98 in it .. as I need to run an accounting software which I only runs in Windows 98
 

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I have a gateway GT5056 that the Mobo died a long time ago. I moved the HD to a Dell Optiplex box and I don't recall needing retail versions of operating systems. I do seem to remember that I had to get some kind of code from Microsoft. I now intend to move the 250gb hard drive from the gateway to a more spacious Dell dimension 2400 box. I have all of the software disks (XP and other stuff) that came with the Gateway. None of the software was retail versions.

The question is......what will I need?
Thanks
Lee
 

Answer:Moving hard drive to another p.c.

You should first try it out. If they work with the new machine, you won't need anything. If they don't(actually firstly, if the OS (XP) disk doesn't install), you'll need a new OS. This will hit you first, as you'll have to format the hard drive if it will be the primary or only one, so you'll need to reinstall XP. The other programs aren't vital, so it would be up to you which ones you want to install, and if they too don't work, get free equivalent ones, just leave them out or buy new ones.
 

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i have a old laptop and want to move the hard drive into a new one but when i moved it it said that there is no operating system on the hard drive...but there is on this laptop. i dont have the operating install disk since they were both hand me downs so what do i do?
 

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I want to move a hard drive using win2k to another box with new hardware
After moving the drive what do I need to do to have windows recognize the new MB etc
 

Answer:moving hard drive to a new box

Well, if you're lucky, it willl recognize things automatically, and you'll just need to update the video drivers, chipset drivers, etc. But more likely, you'll have to reinstall Windows in order for it to correctly recognize the change...
 

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Question: moving hard drive

I have a 10gig hard drive which is now near full (win2000), can I put this a second drive in another computer also Win2000 but keeping the information on it. The other computer has a 80gig hard drive at the moment and I really need to keep this for other uses. 10gig is reference materials colected over years and really need it
Do I need to alter any software what do I do
 

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Hello, I have a dell OptiPlex gx520 that has been refurbished. I recently upgraded it to windows 10, but I realized that my graphics card doesn't fit in my PCI slot. In other words, my graphics card has a PCI express 2.0 x16 and my pc has a old PCI slot. But, in my other pc, which does not have a hard drive, has a PCI express 2.0 slot. So, I would like to move my hard drive with my OS onto my Dell Dimension E520. The only problem is, I do not know how to do so without loosing my windows 10 license. I would love any feedback on moving the hard drive or finding a way to fit my graphics card.
Thanks!

Answer:moving a hard drive

Hopefully you have a tower.
X1 Graphics cards are the answer.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500395
 

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Thought the problem was the power supply, but it wasn't. Tech says it's the motherboard and not worth replacing.
I'd like to recover the hard drive and the data on it.
Here is my question: the machine was running W7. I have an old XP tower. Is it possible to install the W7 hard drive into the XP machine? I'm hoping that would allow me to get the data off, just in case my back up is flawed.
I've installed memory before. Not sure if this would be too complicated.
Detailed suggestions and instructions on how to remove the hard drive and reconnect it would be appreciated.
I'll have to buy a new desktop PC. Would rather not monkey with it unless that's the only way to get the old hard drive to work.
 

Answer:Moving a hard drive

Hi, Assuming what the tech says is correct and win7 computer mobo is toast.......

Just about any computer could be used to pull data off that old drive. I advise you to use an external housing for one solution. You buy an empty container basically and connect the drive in the new housing to your old tower using USB cable, hopefully the drive is working and recognized by the XP O/S and you can read and move files at will to a flash drive or other media like DVDs. Using an external housing is really easy, just have to know the type of drive, SATA or PATA/IDE. IDE has a wide, very thin flat usually blue or grey ribbon cable with 80 or 40 pin connectors at each end. SATA uses small, usually black, red or blue cables are common...here are pics of each:

The folded up CABLE is one used by an IDE drive and the drive pictured shows you what SATA connectors look like so find out what the XP machine has for connectors vs. what the old drive from Win 7 is.
Each type of drive has one cable coming from the motherboard and one from the power supply. Rarely, an adapter is used to change the type of the power cable to allow a SATA drive to be used with a non-ready power supply but I have seen this, the adapter is about 6 in long and changes an IDE drive connector to a SATA so it can connect to that type of drive.

You DON'T t want to install the drive as a boot drive in another machine, in a pinch you could load it as a secondary drive but you have to know what type of drive you have... Read more

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ok, here's the situation- i have an IBM 160Gb drive, with xp pro, and i need to move all of the fies, windows included, to a new 250gb seagate. reinstallng is not an option as i do not have the original disk.

thanks,

raptorkid

Answer:moving to a new hard drive

check seatools for a app utility to tranfer to the new drive

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Hey. I already have a 40Gb Fujitsu and have just bought a Western Digital 120Gb HDD. At the moment they are both installed on my system. What i would like to do is install windows on my new hard drive and then move all my documents over from the old one. Would windows allow me to install the same windows disk on another hard drive???

Answer:Moving on to new Hard drive

Someone may suggest another (easier) way but why not disconnect your 40gb drive for the moment, do a fresh install of windows on your new drive then reattach your old one as a slave drive so you can copy files over? I guess you may have to delete windows from your old drive for licencing/legal reasons.

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Question: moving hard drive

Hi,can anyone tell me if it's possible to move a hard drive from an old pc to a new one with a different spec please. both pc will have xp pro, the old one is an AMD model, about 5 years old and dying, the new one is an Intel model. Or any other suggestion will be very much appreciated.many thanks

Answer:moving hard drive

If this is the main operating system drive all the drivers would be different for the motherboard.So would be best to format and due a clean install of XPIf only a data drive then no problems at all.

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A common question I am sure. Most of my searches have centered around moving Hard Drives with XP to a Vista based machine as a slave or a master or XP to XP. But I have not found much on Vista to Vista.I'd like to take my current Hard Drive and put it in my new machine which is basically just a new motherboard and Ram. Keeping other parts. Can the hard drive be used as the master without re formatting?  Can it be used as a slave without re formatting?My new motherboard will have SATA connections on the back... can I use the old hard drive that way to pull data off if I have to buy a new HD?Any thoughts appreciated.

Answer:Moving Hard Drive To New DIY PC ?

so far during my experiences with vista moving the harddrive to new hardware works the same as with xp. i have recently moved my harddrive and CPU to a new motherboard, PSU, and case and it started up just fine with the exception of having to install chipset drivers.

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