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Can I swap/replace the Hard Drive?

Question: Can I swap/replace the Hard Drive?

My old Gateway tower (PIII 500 Mhz) server has several problems. CPU etc.I have already cannibalised some of the equipment to use on the PC below.I am currently using a Compaq PIII 650 Mhz with 10BG Hard Drive. OS XP Home.The Compaq hard drive is, Western Digital. WD Caviar. IDE. 100BA.Can I replace the Compaq Hard drive with the 20GB from the Gateway PC?The Gateway hard drive is, IBM ?Desk Star?. Model DPTA . ATA/ IDERPM 7200 P.N. 31L9160.Alternatively, I also have WD Caviar 22500. Would this be the better option?If either of these options are OK, then what is the Bootup procedure? Thank you.

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Preferred Solution: Can I swap/replace the Hard Drive?

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Answer: Can I swap/replace the Hard Drive?

On second thoughts - can I use one of the above as a second drive?

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hi im costac19, new to major geeks im trying to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a 320gb samsung ide hard drive how do i do it? are the cables the same and how do i swap the data from one drive to the other. thank you to any one that can help a new member and a novice upgrader.
 

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Hi

No the cables are not the same, SATA and IDE are very different.

So ground info is needed though....

What motherboard do you have, make and model?
If you dont know this info then Everest Free will help just tell us what is listed under Computer > Summary > Motherboard

or tell us if this PC is a OEM build as in HP, Sony, Dell etc again model and version number is needed.

These days most or majority of motherboards that employ SATA only have 1 at most IDE connections, so if your using 2 CD/DVD drives the connector capacity will be full.


If you do have a spare IDE connection, then my advice to you is to keep the SATA drive as the primary C: drive ( as they are faster in data transfer than IDE ) and use the ID drive as storage, so once the IDE drive is installed copy all your normal data/music/video/image etx files to the larger drive and just use the SATA for the OS and applications.
 

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I am using a Gateway E4000, with a WD IDE harddrive partitioned into 2 partitions, OEM XP Pro Sp3, 1.5 gig memory, 2.5 ghz CPU.  I want to put this existing harddrive into a Dell Dimension 8400. It has a SATA Harddrive, OEM (?) XP Media Sp3. 4 gig memory, 3 ghz CPU.  I have no drivers BUT I do have the Dell Bios on a CD.My questions are:1. Since I am moving to the Dell will there still be a BIOS that I can set the IDE drive as the boot drive?  If not how can I use the BIOS that I have on the CD?2. I have no drivers, so will XP boot using generic drivers until I can download from Dell?3. Since my IDE Drive has an OEM version of XP (and a different flavor of XP) will it need to be reactivated, and infact will MS activate XP anymore?4. If MS no longer activates can I download software that will retrieve my old act # and use that?5. What other problems am I looking at and any solutions for those problems?

Answer:How to swap a IDE hard drive from a Gateway to a Dell the has a SATA hard drive

You cannot legally use an OEM installation of Windows on a different machine; the license is tied to the hardware. Also if you take a hard drive with Windows installed on it, out of one PC and put it into another PC, and set it to be the boot drive, it most likely won't work properly. If it works at all. You will need to install a properly licensed version of Windows of your choice on the Dell, if there isn't one already.

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Hi.
Please can someone tell me the most reliable way to upgrade my hard drive.
I have Norton Ghost 15
Would like to transfer my system onto a new hard drive and then just boot from that new drive, removing and destroying the old one.
How do I do this?
Thanks

Answer:How to swap to a new hard drive

Hello slater.




The Norton program will do that though I have no experience with Norton, it shouldn't be that hard to figure out; you will need another separate Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to store the image on. Just be sure to create the recovery disk first so that you will be able to boot to the recovery side to restore to the image later.


You can use step #7 in this tutorial to do wipe "clean all" of the old HDD to over-write any old data still left on it, then you could just throw it in the trash.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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Question: Hard Drive Swap

What is the best way to deal with my old drive? I made the new as Master, do I take the jumper off the old drive hook it back on the cable and will it be identified (Auto) as slave?
Is there a good link for info. on this? I do want to save things from it. Can I transfer from that drive to the new hd, just like moving files from CD? Thought at one time I'd seen a free software for stepping through the process of adding a hd. Can someone point me in the right direction? I just read that in setting up these drives the master hd has to be on the 'end' of the cable,, is that true?
 

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If your old drive is jumpered Master, the new one needs to jumpered as Slave. The location on the cable doesn't matter. If it is jumpered Cable Select, then both need to be Cable Select, and the one on the end of the cable will be the master.
 

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Just a general question, I never actually tried this before but i thought i would give it a shot anyways if it all possible with a little advice possibly?

I have two computers that are the same model and OS(Windows XP Pro SP3). If i swapped Hard Drives with each other would the OS Function correctly because they are the same model PC? Or would i run into many problems?

Answer:Hard Drive Swap

I believe you'd run into problems, if the drives you're swapping are the boot devices for the computers they are presently in.

When you install a Windows OS it creates a file called HAL.dll.

This file contains information about the hardware structure the OS is installed on and is used in the boot process.

So if you switch out a drive to a different computer - assuming the drive is the boot device - HAL.dll will be expecting certain hardware config info that it doesn't see. It will then probably abort the boot.

If the drives are not boot devices and just data storage then assuming the motherboard hardware is correct for the drives, you shouldn't have problems.

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Hi,

I have a hard drive I need to replace the PCB on. It's an older drive, and I've found a lot of SIMILAR PCB boards but I need to know if they will work.

Drive information:
Model WD3200AVJS-63WDA0
Date 11 DEC 2007
DCM HHRNHTJAHN
Serial Number WCARW2670333
WWN 50014EE1AB3BC220

PCB sticker 2061-701444-600 AD XF 4Y11 4ARH E 0004220 8224
PCB imprinted PWB 2060-701444-004 REV

Now, I've found a PCB that is the same except it says REV A on the end. Does the lack of an A on my board mean it's different?

Please don't refer me to the websites selling PCB boards... I've been to them, and eBay, not to mention other sites from Googling. If someone can find a compatible PCB board for this hard drive, that would be outstanding, or if you can tell me whether the PCB I found will work, that would be good also.

I'd also like to know some good quality/priced professional data recovery services in case I'm unable to find a PCB board to swap out on this thing. Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard drive PCB swap

Im not sure whether it will work or not but I would speculate yes (assuming the only difference is the REV A). The basic input and output from the board should be the same and the differences should just be in the way it handles data. It could be as simple as it is shipped with a newer firmware installed.

I am not sure though whether you will be able to read the data off after though. I am not an expert on these drives but I believe that WD drives somestimes use encryption on the disk so if you replace the board the encryption "signitures" may not match and thus you wont be able to recover the data (although you should be able to reformat and reuse the drive.

I have seen a lot of threads with people trying to get data from WD drives which really puts me off ever buying one.
 

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Question: Hard drive swap

I am running a win 7 comp. as a htpc. it is getting old and am having a few problems with it. plus my 2 tb had is getting about 70% near full. so I built new system running win 7. It has a 180 gig hhd for windows. And I installed a new 3 tb hhd for more space. My question is , can I pull the 2 tb drive out of the old comp. and install it in the new comp. without running into the problem of having to reformat or any of the other possible problems associated with changing out drives. This 2 tb drive has all my movies and TV shows on it and don't wish to lose any of them.
 

Answer:Hard drive swap

If it's just a data drive then there should be no problem moving it to another computer.
 

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Question: Hard Drive Swap

I have a simple (old) pc in an office running word processor, etc that I wish to replace. I have cobbled together (well, very helpful local pc shop did) an old motherboard and case, up-graded the RAM, attached a new DVD read/writer and a secondary hard drive for storage.I want to take the hard drive out of the old pc and connect into new set-up as primary drive, thus retaining the OS (XP), data and programs contained on it. I have drivers on disc for the new pc components, I have the XP disc (plus key) but have had one unsuccessful attempt at connection and boot.Cannot enter safe mode although I can get a help menu which offers to take to me various version of safe mode, normal start-up or prompt. Choosing an option doesn?t go anywhere except a restart.Have run scandisk from prompt which appears to suggest drives ok following connection.Question I have is, what?s going wrong? I have downloaded floppy disc set-up discs from Microsoft (systems does seem to boot from floppy) and wondered whether this will help? I don?t want to loose the data/programs on the old hard drive. Although the data is backed-up externally on a tape drive I am worried the floppy set-up results in a clean hard drive?Thanks to anyone out there for any advice.

Answer:Hard Drive Swap

XP will not boot because old drivers conflict on new equipment.1. Put drive back in old PC2. remove drivers as per: Drivers to disable BEFORE changing motherboardclick here3. Put drive in new PC attempt to boot, XP should find and install new hardware, and then run on your new PC.

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Question: hard drive swap?

i'm using a latitude d800, which has the d-bay module. i've got a second hd (40 GB) module in the slot right now.

my question is, can you replace the hd inside the d-bay?

at this point i'd like something much larger, and i figured you could just grab a laptop hd from newegg and it would be simple. my only concern is that i haven't taken a d-bay module apart before, and i'm not sure what it's like on the inside, and i'd hate to open it up discover i've exposed the platter. also i'm not sure what size (inches) hd would be needed.

anyone who's familiar with this... thanks in advance!
 

Answer:hard drive swap?

Hi and welcome to Majorgeeks forum,

It's no problem to swap a hard drive in the D bay, just make sure it's IDE not SATA and checkout Bay Wolf's step by step guide.

EDIT: You may well be limited to a drive size of 120Gb by the BIOS in your Dell, best to ask some questions about that in the Dell forums, maybe?
 

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i have 2 computers, 1 is a gateway the other a dell.. both are in good shape but the dell has a 40gig hd and the gateway has a 160gig hd.. my question is im wanting to put the 160gig hd into the dell but i dont want to lose anything that is on the 160gig hd when i remove it from the gateway.. the bigger hd has all my programs and xp home os so how would i go about putting the bigger hd in the dell and still have every thing working like it does in the gateway now...thank for any advice
 

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can i just put the 160 hd in and it still have windows on it or will i have to reinstall windows after i do the swap...anyone???
 

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Any pointers/specific notes on how to swap the hard drive from a T60 and place it into a T42? My T60 won't boot up (post a coffee spill) and I need to retrieve all my data from the laptop. Both have Windows XP. Thanks!

Answer:swap hard drive from a T60 to a T42

txgal, welcome to the forum, directly swapping the drive will unfortunately not work as the T60 has an S-ATA drive and the T42 an P-ATA drive, the connector is physically different. I would suggest getting an S-ATA USB external caddy for the drive and then copy the files you need accross.

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Question: Hard drive swap.

I know how to change hard drives, I just want to make sure everything will work before I do anything.

I have an Alienware X51 R3 with a 1tb HDD. It has folders I'm not familiar with such as NVIDIA and other system-specific things. I'm assuming I need to upgrade the new drive from Windows 7 to 10, but can I simply copy all the folders and put them onto the 3tb drive and everything will work perfectly like some kind of fairy tale?
 

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I have a Dell Vostro 1400 with the Intel Santa Rosa (GM965) chipset (Intel? Core™ 2 Duo T5270, GMA X3100) that the motherboard has gone out on.  Because I'm in the middle of writing my thesis and I don't want to mess with re-installing and configuring some specialized programs, I would really like to be able to run the programs on my hard drive in another computer.  My plan:   buy a similar computer on ebay, and swap my hard drive into the new computer. If the chipset base is the same (Intel GM965), but the processor is different, will this still work?  Is there anything else I have to watch out for?

Answer:hard drive swap

No, you will not be able to boot to the OS. The hardware needs to be identical. If you were using XP you could do a repair install - I'm not sure what your options are with Vista. Why not just replace the mobo?

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Question: hard drive swap

This may be a stupid question, but can I take a hard drive out of an older system with windows95 OS and install it into a different computer with a faster cpu? The hard drive in the faster computer is only 855mb.
 

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sure you can. Do not see why you can not. unless one is a scsi and the other is an IDE. But just make sure that you have all the drivers for the new hardware the computer is going to detect. Have fun.
 

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Can I remove the hard drive from computer A, remove the hard drive from computer B, then put hard drive from computer A into computer B with out any other spec , settings or configure changes to computer B and computer B accept the different hard drive. My reason for attempting this is that computer A has failed with important info on the drive that I had not yet saved to my backup thumb drive. In other words can I "plug and play" computer B. Both computers are similar, although I may have to increase memory on computer B. Thanks in advance
 

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Greetings, sparkyrhett...

Short answer to your stated scenario, if you are planning to use the 'A' drive to boot the 'B' computer: negative.

You can, however, simply pull the drive from computer 'A' and install it in computer 'B' as a slave (non-bootable) drive - you should then be able to access and salvage the data...
 

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Question: Hard Drive Swap?

Some time ago I replaced an IDE hard drive with Windows 8 installed for an SSD drive onto which I installed Windows 7. I would like to know if I can temporarily swap back to the IDE drive (Windows 8) while I obtain the Windows Product Key (embedded in BIOS apparently) and then replace the SSD drive (Windows 7), or boot from an external docking station and if so how do I do that?


I am totally confused about the BIOS. Does a different OS change the BIOS details? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive Swap?

RWEverything RWEverything | Read & Write Everything will retrieve the BIOS key without having swap drives. Under ACPI tables, you can find MSDM table (on Windows 8/8.1 OEM PC). Note down the serial. It reads it right out of the BIOS so it doesn't matter what OS is installed as long as it Windows. There is a portable version listed in the downloads that doesn't require installation to work.

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I am running XP pro on my CPU 2 drives C: & D:

C his 30 gigs and has the operating system with all my program files. i am down to 600MB of space and it is making my pc sluggish. i have tried to move and delete any files i do not need but i am still very low on HD space
My D: drive is 80 gigs and has plenty of free HD space.

can i switch my files from C over to D including the OS?

In other words can i just copy everything over from c to d and make my D drive my boot drive with out having to reinstall my XP os?
 

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Question: Hard Drive swap

Hey, I have a Dell Dimension B110 and my father has a Dell Dimension 8400. We want to swap computer systems because he doesnt use it much anymore and i play lots of games. However the object in the way is that we both have things on the hard drive that cant be replaced. Now i Would like to know if simpling switching the hard drives will work without having to do more than set the bios. Can anyone help me?
 

Answer:Hard Drive swap

No!!!!! Well Maybe....

If the 2 hard drives are identical (or at least compatible) with the motherboard you might be able to swap the drive into the slave position of the IDE buss and transfer most of your data that way. Windows XP has a transfer wizard to help with situations just like the one you're describing. This involves bridging the 2 machines with a USB cable. If you try installing the second hard drive method, you must go into the BIOS and disable the computer's ability to boot from the secondary IDE position. In any event it's not going to be as easy as you envision. On second thought if the motherboards support the same data transfer protocol it could work. Hang out for a while a wait to see if someone else seconds this or has some other ideas.
 

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HI everyone,
question 4 ya.

I had an IBM thinkpad 600 that died. I NEED the hard drive from that machine. I bought another IBM 600 E .... different size hard drives. Can i just swap these drives out. ie. plug and play ... or do i was to change CMOS or something??

Dont know if it matters but old machine has win95 ... new machine has 98. Usually i would just make the change and see what happens, but i'm overseas and hard to get another machine if i mess something up.

Thanks for your help.
Paul
 

Answer:Hard Drive swap ....

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on my laptop i have adobe 1.5 video editing software// i damaged the screen on the laptop and have now bought a p c// is it possible to use the program on my pc// how is this done if it is at all possible.. wud i have to take harddrive out.. i dont know ?? any suggestions// the disc for install has been damaged// to replace wud cost about 500..

Answer:hard drive swap and use// possible or not??

it is possible to actually transfer a working program (as is) to your PC. I think you would need to install it from installation disks.Someone may correct me if I'm wrong and at least this will bump you to the top again.Storic

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Question: Hard Drive Swap?

Some time ago I replaced an IDE hard drive with Windows 8 installed for an SSD drive onto which I installed Windows 7. I would like to know if I can temporarily swap back to the IDE drive (Windows 8) while I obtain the Windows Product Key (embedded in BIOS apparently) and then replace the SSD drive (Windows 7), or boot from an external docking station and if so how do I do that?


I am totally confused about the BIOS. Does a different OS change the BIOS details? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive Swap?

Yes, you can switch it back and it should boot up no problem.

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i have windows sp 2 running on my computer right now and if i stick it in my new computer it wont work, ive used old hard drives with windows 98 and an unactivated xp, those boot but im trying to get the one im using right now with all my files to run and it wont work like the other ones did, any help?

Answer:hard drive swap help

this is because XP is able to detect the fact that you have moved the OS to a new box and hence it refuses to work..

if you have a retail copy, then you can do a reinstall and things should be fine...if its an OEM copy then you will have to get a new license to use it on a new motherboard...

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Question: Hard drive swap

Hi. I have a little bit older Gateway PC running windows XP Pro. A friend of mine just gave me a Dell tower (without a hard drive). It's used but it's better than the one I've got. My question is can I simply remove my hard drive from the gateway and swap it into the dell without having to back up and reformat? Or, I also have another hard drive that I could put into the Dell and do a fresh install on. In that case could I put in the hard drive from the gateway into the Dell as a slave without having to backup and reinstall. And can you also tell me the steps to adding a second hard drive please.
 

Answer:Hard drive swap

My question is can I simply remove my hard drive from the gateway and swap it into the dell without having to back up and reformat?Click to expand...

Possible but not recommended. Start over with the new HD and OS install.

could I put in the hard drive from the gateway into the Dell as a slave without having to backup and reinstalClick to expand...

Yes and you will have access to all your DATA, but programs will not work.

http://askbobrankin.com/add_a_second_hard_drive.html

Do note with most Dells set your HDs to CS (cable select) if Master/Slave does not work.
 

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ok..... heres my problem

im fixing a friends desktop computer...
....and the hard drive wont spin up....

.....tryed it on another computer......same problem...... so its definatly the hard drives' internals that have bust.....

now heres my question...... can i install the actual disk (platter) into another hard drive..... so i can get all the data from inside???

is this possible

or any other sugestions would be apreciated??

please help.......sam
 

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Question: Hard drive swap

Hello, I would like to take a hard drive out of a trashed laptop, and install it on either another laptop or on this tower computer, and be able to use the operating system on it. All the equip is Dell and all the OS's are XP When I plug the hard drive into this tower (desktop), I can only access it thru windows explorer, and then its only files like "User 1" " All users" "Program files" Etc...- a lot of stuff seems to be inaccessible. Id like to just basically connect the old drive with a USB  and have the thing work normally, or install it in the laptop, and have it work... When I swap hard drives in the laptop, it wont boot up. Sorry if this question is poorly worded, but its the best way I can figure to describe what Im after. PS The hard drive Im looking to use is in good shape, and was working when I pulled it out of a laptop that got its screen trashed.Thanx L   

Answer:Hard drive swap

Not quite sure what you want to do. You cannot use the old hd in a different system and boot to it without reinstalling the os. But if you want to use it as a second hd that's fine.

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Question: Hard Drive Swap`

I have an emachine and a Sony VAIO and they are part of a peer to peer network. Each machine has different software installed on the HD and perform totally different primary functions at their respective work stations. Both have Windows XP Home Edition installed.

My problem is that I need the power and RAM of the newer eMachine at the workstation where the Sony is located. The Sony, has plenty of power for the other station and therefore my idea was to swap the hard drives in the two machines so everything didn't have to be redone on the HDs. For the network ID, each machine would have it's name swapped as well.

Will this work fairly seamlessly?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Swap`

Wont work at all.
 

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Hi! This is a tale of two computers: 1st Emachine (2005) running windows xp, model T6522. 2nd Axis (1999) running windows me, model ??. The emachine's cpu went bad...so although the machine turns on....no ones home. The axis runs fine. So, anyway.... I had info on the emachine that I wanted to transfer or put on my external hard drive & being that the other computer worked.... I swapped the hard drive from the emachine to the axis and it turns on but says that it can't complete the system restore because there's no hard drive. I really thought the theory was sound, but I've run into a brick wall. If there's anyone that can help...I'd be grateful. Thanks
 

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I have inspirion 3558 laptop. Would like to swapp out hd with ssd. How do I remove the back to access hd? I have removed all screws on back cover, still can't get to hd

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The keyboard has to be removed to fully access the hard drive.
Service manual:
www.dell.com/.../manuals

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Question: Hard Drive swap...

One of my friends needed her computer reformatted but wanted to keep all of her content on the HD. Is there a easy way to do this if I do not have an extra HD to swap it to for the time being?

Answer:Hard Drive swap...

how much content are we talking about?


do it the way i do it with clients....

"here is one, count'em ONE DVD to back up all of your important files... anything not on this DVD goes bye bye in T-Minus 10 minutes, time starting.... now."

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I have an R61i with a screen that doesn't work and cannot be repaired. I can purchase a used R60. Can I swap the hard drive from my R61i to an R60?













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Answer:Swap out hard drive

Welcome to the forum!
 
Yes, you'll be able to use that drive. Some drivers - depending on the exact configuration of both machines - will have to be updated.
 
Good luck.

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Question: hard drive swap

i have a Maxtor D740X-6L 40gb hard drive in a dell optiplex gx260 computer and a western digital wd800bb 80gb hard drive in a standard size cdm tower computer. can i swap the two hard drives over?
are the hard drives ide or sata? thanks
 

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Hello, I've got a Lenovo G50-45 with an AMD a8 CPU and 500 gb HDD. My question is: Can i put in a bigger HDD (1TB) and have a windows installation on it without buying a totally new windows online or on dvd? I guess the onekey recovery won't work anymore when i swap my HDD because of the recovery files on my old HDD, right?  

Answer:G50-45 hard drive swap

Hi llhardheadll , 
 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
 
Yes you may upgrade  1TB HDD / SATA 3.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide, 7mm or 9.5mm high without buying any new product key . I would suggest you create your recovery image too. 
 
Option 1 : Using the created recovery media 
 
Option 2 : (clean installation) : download the image for free and allow activation automatically since the product key is already embedded on the BIOS of your pc . Win8 guide / Win 10 guide .
Download drivers from support site . 
 
Option 3 : Cloning ( can copy even the one key recovery features ) choose which best work for you . 
 
Option 4: Ordering a Lenovo Recovery media ( may need to purchase) 
 
All other options for One key recovery except option 3 would not be able to keep OKR features since it is a hidden partition on the old harddrive. 
 
Hope this answered your query.
Update us what best work for you . 
 
 
Regards
 

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I'm thinking of buying a new computer just to swap out some components between it and my "old" 2003 computer (the old computer has a better processor/MB/RAM/Video card...etc.). I will make the new one into the Kids machine - but I want to take the new HD, DVD burner and Flat panel display before I gve it to them.

The new computer comes with an XP OS (same as the old computer), this on a 160GB HD ultra ata/100. Can I install the 160GB as a slave to my 20GB HD in the old computer, copy some program files/drivers from the 20GB HD to the 160 GB, and then take the 20GB HD out, and have the 160GB work as the primary - without having to re-install XP or anything else? Can I then put the 20GB into the new computer and expect it to boot up without having to do any other changes? Will both machines then boot up as if they didn't know they trade HDs?

I would really appreciate some guidance here before I do something stupid.
Thanks -
 

Answer:Hard Drive Swap with XP

You might get it to work a little, very little, but all the drivers on both computers would be different & you will end up in a big mess.

You will probably have to put the new drive in, format it & reload. Put some files onto it from the other drive, take it out, format that drive.

Might be easier just too swap them over & format both & start fresh.

Make sure your drivers for both machines are available & backup to cd all your docs, email stuff, favourites, etc.
 

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Question: Hard drive swap

Hi everyone,
I have a DELL Studio 540, dual core, 32-bit, desktop computer with a 200GB hard drive running Vista. The hard drive is three quarters full and filling fast. I have just bought a Seagate Barracuda 2TB hard drive.
I want to replace the old hard drive with the new Seagate one. Could you please tell me step by step how to do that because I have never done it before. I donít want to pay a lot of money to a technician. I would like to do this myself. It will be a good learning experience too because I would like to learn more about computes and eventually build my own.
Thanks for your time.
 

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Hello guyz,
pliz help me with the steps involved in upgrading or replacing an MFM hard drive with IDE-class hard drive
 

Answer:STEPS TO UPGRADE/REPLACE an MFM hard drive with an IDE-class hard drive

Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

Any chance the motherboard has and IDE controller built in? If not, what kind of expansion card options does it have?
 

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I have a hotswap caddy in my Vista Dell PC and need a new hard drive to use in it.
So far I have only used 1 TB drives with it.
Is the physical size of a 3Tb drive the same as 1Tb or Tb drives, and will it go into the caddy?
Will a Dell XPS 435MT (i7 920)with Bios 1.1.2 running 64bit Vista SP2 OS be OK with a 3TB drive?
sorry, I can't find how old the PC is : maybe 3 years?
Thank you!.
JA

Answer:3TB internal hard drive in a hot swap drive caddy?

Yes it is and yes they will.

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I do vertical systems integration and am getting more and more requests for W7.
I have a drive tray used as the boot drive and I want to be able to swap out the boot drive in order to change OS's and Options. I don't trust multi boot installs, they get in each others way, and sometimes I need Linux in various distros. All the data i may need "across platforms" is on FAT32 partitions.

On my XP machine I have 4 HD that have XP installed with different software sets and options, and 2 with Linux. I just power down, swap the HD and power on again.

I already made a W7 System Image and Recovery disk.

Is this doable in W7?

Next is to figure out how to lock down the BIOS so it doesn't keep changing my boot options!

My HD list is
DRIVE 1 C: NTFS
WD 160GB SATA
Drive 2
WD WD5002AALX 500GB
partitioned:
Data files D: FAT32
Downloaded files E: FAT32
ARCHIVE F: Fat32
DRIVE 3 G: NTFS
WD WD5002AALX 500GB

Answer:Hard drive tray used to swap W7 boot drive?

Hello randyrls, welcome to Seven Forums!


This would be a whole lot easier, no swapping HDDs around, you don't even have to power-down, just reboot.




   Information

The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will boot independently of each other and there will be no boot conflicts between the 2 separate OSs to have to sort later.

Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select that HDD / OS to start when the PC is started.Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer – F12
Packard Bell
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Gigabyte – F12
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12

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i am trying to put a new hard drive into a compaq.

i took a spare hard drive, wiped and reloaded it inside a dell pc. worked fine.
put drive in external case and hooked it up to the compaq. transferred files over.
swapped compaq's drive with this new one.
won't boot.
sees the drive but won't boot. says no o/s.
just put it into another dell and it boots fine.

so it seems to work fine as master in other machine but not in compaq and works fine as external in compaq.
old drive is back in compaq working find.
both are xp.
both ide.

any help?
 

Answer:hard drive swap problem.

Well, since the Dell and the Compaq obviously have different hardware, you can't do that. Install XP on the Compaq, and you won't run into this issue.
 

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I have an old T30 that the motherboard went bad, my T40's hard drive went, so I took the hard drive from the T30 and put it in the T40 as they ere the same...but windows will not load and I assume that the computer needs to be configured to the other hard drive. Does anyone know how to do this?Message Edited by weneedhelp on 04-04-2008 01:05 PM

Answer:Configure Hard Drive Swap

I guess you are use windows XP. please reinstall XP via repair install........ That seem OS think you change too much hardware





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I'm looking for some help swapping a laptop drive. Here's the story: My Compaq presario 1712us (with XP) mother board has failed. I also have a Compaq presario 1700xl with ME, both are physically identical, same size drive (20gig). Well, I tried to swap the XP drive from my broken machine into the the 1700xl machine, and after the post nothing happens. Upon advice from a techie friend, I retrieved a bios upgrade from compaq (xpsp19142) to enable XP on the slightly older 1700XL machine, flashed the bios, but still have the same problem. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions to share? On a Compaq, you can't hot key into a bios config screen that gives you more than just a date/time set and boot drive sequence.
Any help will be approciated.
Thanks
Rick
 

Answer:Need help with a laptop hard drive swap

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When I swap HDs on two exact same laptops I get a BSOD on one but OK on the other. bothe laptops are Dell Precision M2400 and HDs are OEM HDs for that model. Any ideas or suggestions
Thanks
 

Answer:BSOD on Hard Drive swap

If laptops is absolutely same, then most probably SATA controller settings in BIOS are different. In one laptop you have IDE in other AHCI. Result > BSOD.
Change settings on both laptops to IDE and problem should disappear.
 

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Have a 7483-AEU and you can't seem to swap the drive into another system. In this case the mobo went bad, tried to put the HD into another system, same 7483-AEU model and right when the XP splash screen comes up it reboots. To test further, took two of our training systems (again both 7483-AEU) and swapped drives, both reboot at the XP screen. Swapped them back and they run just fine. Hard drives are all WD 160GB SATA drives, same BIOS levels on all, no parts are different or have been added. We use our own image so there is nothing from the original setup that could be lingering. Performed yet another test, Ghosted the drive to another drive, same WD160Sata and the ghosted drive reboots at the XP splash. Very strange, any thoughts out there? Core2 vPro on the Antelope mobo2GB Ram (2x1GB)

Answer:Hard drive swap on M58p

Gott'um stumped!  IBM tech arrived today to replace the system board. Drive will not boot up. I can slave it just fine and ran full diagnostics on the HD and it's rock solid. He called their support group and they have no idea why this will not work. I was able to reimage the drive and it worked fine so I threw them a curve. I brought over the same model and asked to have the drives swapped. He did and both systems rebooted at the XP Splash. He switched them back and both systems booted up fine. They even dug into the BIOS settings and every FRU they could locate. So it looks like if I have a problem with a system board, the drive will have to be reimaged. Bummer.

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Hey guys, I currently have in my possession two laptops. one is a functioning laptop and is great for just getting on the internet and browsing around. However it has no real power for the games i like to play and simply cannot handle them. The other is a laptop with a fast enough cpu and enough ram to play said games, but was given to me by a friend because it no longer worked. the problem with it is that the system was giving a hard drive failure warning. he later told me that he used to get mad and throw it playing after losing games. so i figure that the harddrive is just to damaged from taking hits while its active. I do not want to go spend more money on an operating system. will putting the hard drive from one to another work? they are both sata connections. the only difference is that one ran windows 7 and one ran windows vista.

Answer:is it as simple as a hard drive swap?

It may or may not boot but the drivers won't be right for the hardware so the odds that it will work well are slim. You really need to re-install the OS as well as the drivers for the mobo chipset, sound, video, nic, etc...

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Hey,
I had to format an old hard drive so I popped it into my computer. I messed up the first time I tried (put both of them master or slave). In the end, it messed up my legitimate copy of Windows XP Home (OEM version) and it wants me to activate it AGAIN (activated it about a week ago with my new computer). But when I try to, it tells me I have reached the maximum number of activations for the key.

I tried to call to the toll free telephone number but it doesn't even exist (or work)! Is there any simple way I can just bypass this activation?

Thanks.

Answer:Hard drive swap and activation

contact the people you bought your pc from

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Hi All

Im trying to install XP Pro on a new hard drive on my HP Laptop.
After it writes the files to the drive and reboots it says press CTRL, ALT & Del to Reboot

I have a OEM Copy and a Normal copy

Any ideas?
 

Answer:Laptop Hard Drive Swap

Is the boot order set correctly? Did you keep or remove the other partitions from the HDD?
 

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My old hard drive was getting full, and I got a new, larger hard drive. At first, I set up the new hard drive just so I could put files on it. Recently I decided to delete everything on the new drive and use Seagate's DiscWizard to copy my old hard drive onto my new one (my intent was to eventually have everything run the same as it was before, only I would have all of my old files on my new hard drive, and I would be able to boot off of my new hard drive). So, I ran DiscWizard and it seemed to run successfully, then opened up the case and changed my new hard drive to be the Master and my old hard drive to be the Slave (the jumpers are on "cable select", and the cables are what is deciding what is Master/Slave). My BIOS recognizes my new drive as the Master and my old one as the Slave. However, when I log onto the computer, I get the error message "Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close".

When I go to Windows Explorer, it shows my old drive as "C" (and "D" for the FAT32 partition), and named my new drive partitions as my SD card and CF card readers! How do I fix the Win32 problem, and get my new drive to be my primary?
 

Answer:Hard drive swap problems.

Did you delete the active option of your old drive?
Because both may carry a bootup sequence.
Did you truly clone your old drive to the new one because just copy would not copy your drives structure as it should be. Only a true clone program could do that.
In format you could create a active option on your new master.
With clone it will copy the MBR.
 

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I have two T400s.One unit has continuous issues, the other unit hasn't seen constant use yet. If I swap hard drives between the two units, will it nullify the warranty?

Answer:T400 hard drive swap

 
SpringerITC wrote:
I have two T400s.
One unit has continuous issues, the other unit hasn't seen constant use yet.
 If I swap hard drives between the two units, will it nullify the warranty?
you can swap or take out the hdd, ram, wireless card, etc without affecting the warranty on the laptop. 
 

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My parents' computer is getting up there in age, and is now just too slow for them to work on. I have, in storage, my old Dell Optiplex computer, which is up and ready for them to use. It has no hard drive, but they will supply their 10gb hard drive for the computer. The only thing, is that they do not want to format the hard drive when I install it into the new (old) computer. Is it possible to do this?
 

Answer:Hard Drive swap w/o format?

What OS? if the chipsets are different between the two machines then no it proobably wont work. if the OS is XP you could do a repair install of windows.
 

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A friend recently let me have his, almost brand new, Lenovo B575-1450 and I wanted to switch out my old laptops hdd with this ones. They're both Western Digital 320GB versions but when I put the old one in the Lenovo when booting Windows XP a blue screen pops up for a split second then it goes to the "boot in safe" mode screen and it does the same for safe mode as well. Not sure what the problem is here, because the old hard drive works with the old laptop and this laptop works with the new one and they're exactly the same. -thanks. 

Answer:Hard drive swap error.

Did you re-install windows on the drive you are trying to swap?Is the hard drive from the same model laptop?Normally you can't just swap drives between different computers,you must re-install windows.Also, for installing win xp you need to change the hard drive satamode in bios to ide or compatible in the bios before install.

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Last night my computer went crazy and the mobo is now fried, so i took the hard drive that was working fine out of it and put it into my gateway gt5028. It boots up fine and when it gets to the screen where it asks if i want to boot normally or with safe mode enabled, the second i click either safe mode or normal a blue screen pops up and tells me that there is something wrong with my hard drive. I put in an old computer and it works fine. Any help would be appreciated, thnx!

Answer:Hard drive computer swap help

Quote from: Tanner101 on February 10, 2010, 08:06:16 AM a blue screen pops up Could you post all the info. that you see on the blue screen..Also, what happened that "fried" your motherboard?

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Hey guys the circuit board on my hard drive got fried. I swapped circuit boards now the hard drive gets power but making clanky noise. I was just wondering if anybody knows a way I could swap hard drive platters myself without paying a company $1,000?
 

Answer:Hard drive platter swap

It's not a big job, but if the info on it is that important, grab an obsolete HDD and rip it apart to get the just of it. The key thing is you need to be extremely careful, that's why it's an expensive job, for the liability. Personally that's what I would do (and what I have done) if I didn't know how it worked.
 

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Ok my son has a Dell optiplex GX270 w/ a 40gb hard drive, don't laugh, anyway we want to put a Western Digital 500gb PATA in how do I go about cause we tried just hooking up won't work......Can someone help??
 

Answer:Dell Hard drive swap

OK, when you say you tried hooking it up, what exactly happened? Does the system hang during post, no display, etc? Are you by chance trying to boot windows from a drive that was installed on another system?

Next dells use CS or cable select for the jumper setting. Did you make sure the new drive was jumpered exactly like the old one?
 

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MY R61E 7650 84U 'S MONITOR WENT OUT AND I PURCHASED THIS ONEhttp://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150988472424WHICH IS IDENTICAL MODEL.I THOUGHT I COULD PULL MY 160GB HARD DRIVE OUT OF THE DEAD ONE AND BOOT TO IT BUT THIS 2ND LAPTOP WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THIS  HARD DRIVE AND STATES NOT FOUND.COULD SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT PROCESSES I NEED TO DO TO HAVE THIS RECOGNIZE MY HARD DRIVE WITH WIN XP.THANKS













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Answer:R61E HARD DRIVE SWAP

Welcome to the Forum! Since Windows XP does not have native SATA support, you will have to switch to compatibility mode. Press <F1> at the Thinkpad splash screen to enter BIOS. Choose  Config----> SATA ----> and change settings from "AHCI" to "compatibility." You had probably never added SATA support to your XP installation, which would allow you to run in AHCI mode. Operating in AHCI mode can speed up disk performance. Some basic explanation of AHCI technology here: http://www.differencebetween.net/technology/difference-between-ahci-and-sata/ If you wish to enable AHCI mode by adding the correct SATA drivers, the basic steps outlined in this post should work for you: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/R-and-L-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Error-during-system-restore-R60/m-p/9763...  If you need some further pointers, feel free to ask. Let us know how you do.





_________________________________________________________Have a great day. (I do not work for Lenovo)

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I have a T2862 which has a bad motherboard.I have a chance to purchase another T2826 which has no operating system installed but has been tested by booting to bios. Can I install my present Hard drive with windows xp home into this machine without loseing my data and will my windows xp that is on this hard drive reconize it and boot up? The hard drive I want to install is presently slaved to my emachine T3101 and works perfectly.I have done an explore on the slave and windows xp home and my data are all intact.
 

Answer:Solved: Hard drive swap

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Can anyone help me swap a hard drive? Here's what I have and here's what I know.
1. Dell Optiplex G1, 20G Maxtor HD, XP Pro. 2. Generic computer (considerably faster), 80G hard drive, Win 98.

I have taken the 20G hard drive out of the the Dell and installed it into the generic computer. I have changed the Bios and it does recognize the hard drive but windows won't boot.

It seems that I should just be able to switch the hard drives and my friend would have a new computer.

Or

Any way to just wipe the 80G and transfer everything including the OS from the 20G? Basically a mirror?

I can't remember the error message. Something about DMI pool. Then it hangs and goes to a blue screen that says to restart and the same thing happens all over again.

I do not have any software discs for either computer. Everything I have is on the hard drives

I know enough to be dangerous. Please help. Thanks - Jeffery
 

Answer:Solved: Swap Hard Drive

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Hello I just received a new to me T60P minus the hard drive and door. I am currently using a R51, if I get the basket? can I use my current hard drive or do I need to buy a new one? Not sure if the connectors would fit? Thanks in advance for any assistance. 













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Answer:T60P hard drive swap

LvNative, welcome to the forum,
 
unfortunately you wont be able to use the drive from your R51; it is an P-ATA (IDE) drive and the T60p requires an S-ATA drive so you'll need to buy a new one.  Any S-ATA 2.5" with 9mm height drive will be fine, you'll need the cage (caddy) and also the rubber rails and door to make everthing fit snuggly.
 
The next bit of bad news is that drive prices have almost quadrupled in the last mont due to the flooding in Thailand, make sure you shop around diligently.

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Anyone suggest help here please .I have a HP Pavillion N5431 with a faulty dvd/cd drive ( the dvd works the cd doesnt ) - it has an IBM 10GB Hard Drive . I have removed the hard drive and put it into an IBM Thinkpad A20 and completely reinstalled Win XP and other software - this has completed and booted up succesfully on the Thinkpad .I have then removed the Hard Drive from the thinkpad and put it back into the HP Pavillion but it wont boot up again - it just hangs at a black screen with the cursor flashing .I have created the 6 floopy disks to get back to the repair console but where should I go from there .thanks

Answer:Laptop hard drive swap

You can't install XP in this way.Changing the major hardware components on a system requires XP reactivation and you'd be best off running a clean install of XP.If you have a working floppy drive on the system, you could put the hard drive into the Thinkpad, format it as FAT 32, copy the i386 folder from your Windows XP CD ROM to the hard drive, put the hard drive back into the HP, boot from a Windows 98 startup floppy and run a manual install.This is a bit fiddly since you have to run a few command switches from the floppy for reliable installation and you also have to copy SMARTDRV.EXE from the Windows XP CD to the floppy. With XP (and Windows 2000) you have to manually start SmartDrive from the floppy otherwise running an install from a DOS prompt will take about six or eight hours or so.I posted a brief description of how to do this on another thread: click hereBasically all you've done is installed an operating system to one platofmr of XYZ hardware then moved the hard disk to another machine that has ABC hardware. The oerating system hasn't the faintest idea where it is or how to work with thr different hardware setup.There's a good article on a rejigged Windows 2000 install that can be applied to XP on Paul Thurrott's excellent website:click hereIt describes how to start stmartdrive manually and run an install.

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A quick question - If I swap a different hard drive in my 42 with a different notebook drive, does that create a system event/log when I insert the original drive back? I'm doing some testing on my system and want to make sure that I won't get errors when the original drive is returned to the system. Thanks. Remy

Answer:hard drive swap question

Welcome to the forum! Your old drive will be fine once you insert it back in, don't worry about it. Do your testing and enjoy. Hope this helps.

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Well im swapping hard drives for the first time due to a fail.. and i want to no when i make the change how can i install windows 7 again?

And will there be any difficulties of a 2nd installing?

Answer:Hard drive swap question

See this tutorial: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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Not sure where this question belongs so I put it here... Anyways Would I be better off keeping the swap file on the single 250gb 7200rpm 8mb cache sata drive or should I put in this old 3.8gb 5200rpm 2mb cache ata 66(I guess) drive I have? In another thread I got two different opinions so I figured I would start a thread dedicated to this question

Computer is for low level video editing and is:
amd 2900xp barton 512kb cache 400fsb
Chaintech 7NJL6
1gb (2x512mb dual channel) TwinMoS
Geforce Mx440
segate 250gb 7200rpm 8mb cache

Answer:Should I add another (old) hard drive in for the swap file?

It will just slow down your machine IMO.

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I seem to have collected a few small hard drives, 400 to 600 MB. Are these better served being used as extra storage, a static swap file, or just thrown out?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Swap File

Drives in that size range will be more than a few years old, and quite slow by today's standards. They're suitable to use for extra storage, but would be too slow to be an advantage as a dedicated swap file. Even as simple storage, drives are cheap enough that the smallest cheapest current drive would be far larger, faster, and make more sense than using several of these, which will tie up your available IDE channels, open bays, and a fair percentage of your available electrical supply.

I'd simply retire them.
 

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My E-Machines T3830 (with a Celeron and Windows XP) will not turn on; the power switch was shot and I tried to short the pins to get it to turn on but nothing happened. So I decided to remove the hard drive and try putting it in a Dell DHP desktop (with a Pentium 4 and Windows 2000) to recover the data. Had no problem plugging the hard drive in. The jumper on the hard drive is set to cable select. Initially, it looks like everything is starting up, but before the desktop loads, Windows prompts 'This version of Windows must be activated. Would you like to start activation now?'. I click 'yes' and nothing happens after that; it just sits there with the desktop background and the green hard drive working light cycles on and off. I do have the Windows XP product key, but it never gets to that point (where I can enter it). I realize that the hard drive was set to work with the EMachines, but is there any way to get this to work? Or do you have another suggestion for getting the data off the EMachines hard drive?
 

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Swap

Connect it as a slave. You're not going to be able to boot from it.
 

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I just bought a new Dell Regular Desktop for my father, Core i3 processor with Windows 10, 1 TB hard drive, 8GB memory.
I own a Dell Small Desktop with Core i3 processor, Windows 7, 2 TB hard drive , 6GB memory that I bought in late 2012. They are both 64-bit machines.
I know my father is going to hate this CD drive on the new computer that makes you snap the CD in place. He uses the drive all the time. My 2012 computer has the tray type that he is used to.
I have this brilliant idea to just swap the hard drives and give him my 2012 computer and me keep the new one. I've replaced hard drives many times, but is this swap as easy it sounds or am I asking for trouble somewhere with size, connections, settings, BIOS, etc. ??
Thanks.
Gary

Answer:Hard drive swap question

ravens515
I just bought a new Dell Regular Desktop for my father, Core i3 processor with Windows 10, 1 TB hard drive, 8GB memory.
I own a Dell Small Desktop with Core i3 processor, Windows 7, 2 TB hard drive , 6GB memory that I bought in late 2012. They are both 64-bit machines.
I know my father is going to hate this CD drive on the new computer that makes you snap the CD in place. He uses the drive all the time. My 2012 computer has the tray type that he is used to.
I have this brilliant idea to just swap the hard drives and give him my 2012 computer and me keep the new one. I've replaced hard drives many times, but is this swap as easy it sounds or am I asking for trouble somewhere with size, connections, settings, BIOS, etc. ??
Thanks.
Gary
ravens515
Gary,
You cannot swap the hard drives as you have posted and expect this to work, the differences between the two systems, is too great.
Bev.

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Hi

I just received my purchased MEDION AKOYA P5218 F - Intel Core i5-6400, 2,7GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, WLAN, Windows 10 Desktop computer.

Since I had recently just bought a WD 1TB Black Hard Drive I wanted to fit this inside.

Although there appears to be a tiny cramped space for a second Hard Drive (have marked the place where I think it should go? and use any free electric cable in that bundle?) I was unable to see anywhere to plug the cable into the motherboard.

I bought this computer as replacement to my i3 3220 which was no longer good enough for my multimedia software; I did not have a lot of money over, but wanted an i5, so this was my compromise (but extremely wary - Medion!!). I did read it had a "Hot Swap" but did not really understand what this was (other than you could easily swap drives):


Hot-swap mobile rack - Swap hard drives quickly and easily ? even while the PC is running. Perfect for data backups, data exchange and alternative operating systems.

http://www.medion.com/gb/shop/multim...ed-description


But fully understand I did not!

Anyway - and I am just guessing here - it looks like the Hot Swap is using the motherboard socket for a possible second Hard Drive. And there is no other free socket.

So - guessing again - if I have understand correctly from Google searches - the Hot Swap is not intended to be used as a second internal Hard Drive ? Or have I understood wrong? ... Read more

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I've searched high and low, and now I turn to you all for help. I have a T61 running Vista Ultimate with a Hitachi 7K200 hard drive that I want to upgrade to a SeaGate Momentus 7200.3 320-gb. I have also purchased a SeaGate FreeAgent Go 320-gb for future back-up purposes. I've read all about SeaGate's DiscWizard, and I want to complete this hard drive replacement myself. But I'm confused: my ThinkPad didn't come with a Vista boot disk/restore disk as far as I know. Vista was pre-installed. How do I go about transferring all materials (data, OS, etc) to the new drive? Do I clone/shadow copy to the external hard drive and then attempt to boot from that? First-time tinkerer here, so all help is greatly appreciated! Many thanks in advance!  

Answer:T61 hard drive swap - help needed

You can use this free software to copy data to other disk http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm You will need external usb hardrrive where you make image from your current OS.  

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I have a small 4Gb laptop hard drive and an external AMACOM 10Gb Flipdisk which connects via the PCMCIA slot. I would like to remove the 10Gb hard drive from the flipdisk enclosure (very easy) and install it into my laptop (also easy), and put the 4Gb hard drive back into the flipdisk.What would be the best way to prepare the external hard drive before the swap. Ideally I would like the external hard drive to be exactly the same as the smaller drive when I first boot up my laptop after the swap. My external drive is currently my F: drive. What is the best software to use to create an exact copy which will bootable ? I will not be able to boot from the PCMCIA flipdisk, as far as I am aware as it needs windows to be up to be recognised ???Any advice would be appreciated.CheersNick Lovett

Answer:Want to swap laptop hard drive ?

I'm confused. Are you saying that you want to clone the 4gb hard drive onto the 10gb so you can put the 10gb into the laptop as a permanent boot drive?

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hello I have a emachine that I want to set up for my girl I have another e machine that i was told the hard drive was bad but so far is working but I need t give that drive back and install one from another machine every time it starts it ask's me if i want t safe start in safe mode or networking or last good configuration no matter what I select it comes again I have tried selecting master on the hard drive cable select and slave swichting the ribbon cable from master to slave but nothing if i could be guided to a solution thanks running windows xp on a emachine t1742 any other information you need let me know
 

Answer:E machine hard drive swap

would you clarify this swapping harddrives around - in the context that - you need to have the drivers for the motherboard - often called chipset drivers - installed
so swapping a harddrive from one machine to another may not work .

do you have any recovery Cds for the machine

details of machines make and models and explain exactly the harddrive(s) where did they come from?
install one from another machine every time it starts it ask's me if i want t safe start in safe mode or networking or last good configuration no matter what I select it comes again Click to expand...

As mentioned above - probably because its a different PC and needs to see different drivers
Also the windows software may be locked to the specific hardware
 

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Is it ok to swap a hard drive from an Acer laptop to a Gateway? Just to to test if the Gateway's problem is the hard drive? Will that cause problems? Will it ruin the hard drive to try?

Answer:Ok to swap hard drive to test pc?

I dont see why not. There should not be any issues that come to mind; other than just making the connections on both systems are the same. Other than that; it should a-ok to do a swap.

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Four months ago bought a new HP elitebook 850 win 10 pro set it all up and nice machine, until they dumped coffee on the keyboard.  Wrecked the motherboard, and HP repair center has no parts because its so new???????  What the??  So was thinking of buying the same unit and pulling the SSDD out and having it installed in a new machine to make it simple!!  Have old one fixed when available.Can I do that or is the Win 10 Pro licensed off the motherboard and the old drive will not function as hoped??? Something about TPm??  Hate to have to reload everything!!In troubleThanks!!

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My Antec Neo480 p/s quit working the other day and i bought an Antec Neo550 to replace it. Everything went smoothly with the swap but when i turn it on it won't find my boot drive. It states something like no boot drive detected insert boot cd, etc.. I have 2 WD 80g sata drives in raid 0. I quadruple checked all connections, then i unhooked everything and just hooked up the raid drives and vid card power, still the same thing. I also tried disconnected the sata power cables from the drives and hooking in molex power cables, nothing. Also tried other sata power cables aswell. I can't figure out why this is happening with just a P/S swap. Do i need to change something in the bios? Do i need to stick in my spare 80g ide drive and install windows on it, then replug in my satas and see if they'll be detected? Could the new P/S be causing this, it seems to be working properly though? I'm really outta ideas. I'm guessing its something to do with the boot drive being raid, but i've had this setup runing great for a couple years now and all i did was swap P/S.

I went into bios and all the settings are the same as i had them. On the main bios screen it shows all the ide master, ide secondary, sata master, etc... There all disabled, which i think is correct since the only thing i have plugged in atm is the 2 sata raid drives. On the boot priority tab i have 1.hard disk, 2.cdrom, 3.removable, 4. disabled. The only other selectable option is legacy lan. I tr... Read more

Answer:Can't detect hard drive after P/S swap

Remove the "non detected" drive and use another drive as the C drive just for test purposes. If this other drive is detected, your old C drive may be bad. We can discuss saving data later
 

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Hello,My system is playing up a little bit. It is a Samsung VM7000. I think Windows ME is the main culprit. Instead of formatting I want to swap the drive for a larger one. The current one is a 6 Gig and I have been eyeing off a 20-30Gig that has been advertised at Aria. can anyone tell me if a laptop drive is a straight swap. Mine has a single screw on a cover marked hard drive. I am comfortable with fdisking and formatting and I have all necessary disks. And a copy of W98SE that I want to put on my new drive. Any info would be greatly appreciated.ray

Answer:laptop hard-drive swap

the answer is yes. Just be very creful that the ribbon connection to the screen is not disturbed. It sounds like your laptop is even easier.

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I'm fixing a laptop that was getting a S.M.A.R.T error for the hard drive. I got a new HD and was planning on ghosting from the old one to the new one because it won't let me copy all the windows/program files off it. The new one is a WD Scorpio blue. I would assume i'd need to format the new one before ghosting. However when i use the USB adapter to connect it to the PC, i get the message that a mass storage device is detected and connected, however, it doesn't display in My Computer to access it. Any advice or recommendations would be really appreciated.

Thanks,
Nate

Answer:Laptop Hard drive swap

connect the drive, go to run, type in diskmgmt.msc and see if it pops up there as unallocated space. if it does you should be able to format it and then it'll work like normal.

see if that works.

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Answer:HARD DRIVE SWAP MANAGER

Can anyone direct me to a FREE software download that will facilitate HOT SWAPPING hard drives on Secondary IDE.Must be suitable for Win2000 and for XP.I have software for similar to suit Win98.

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My in-law's PC has become corrupted over the past few months and a couple of us have been unable to get it "right".

They've got an HP Pavilion PC, 466 mhz, running 98SE. It's not running well enough to even connect to the Internet for me to check to see if the hardware is XP compatible, so that's not an immediate option.

I have my old Seagate 20gig HDD that's still loaded with 98SE.

Would it be possible for me to just do a straight swap of the HD's to get it up and running for me to check XP compatibility? I don't have the original Seagate disk that I can locate. Is there anything required other than making sure the jumpers are set right?
 

Answer:Hard drive swap question...

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Can I swap out my old hard drive from my HP dv6 to a refurbished same model? The 1st one's MOBO burned up but Hard drive was not damaged. Want to be able to access the stored data. Hoping swapping the HDs would be the easy way

Answer:Laptop hard drive swap

Yes, it should work, but make sure that there are the same model, there alot of HP DV6-????? models.

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Hi

I just received my purchased MEDION AKOYA P5218 F - Intel Core i5-6400, 2,7GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, WLAN, Windows 10 Desktop computer.

Since I had recently just bought a WD 1TB Black Hard Drive I wanted to fit this inside.

Although there appears to be a tiny cramped space for a second Hard Drive (have marked the place where I think it should go? and use any free electric cable in that bundle?) I was unable to see anywhere to plug the cable into the motherboard.

I bought this computer as replacement to my i3 3220 which was no longer good enough for my multimedia software; I did not have a lot of money over, but wanted an i5, so this was my compromise (but extremely wary - Medion!!). I did read it had a "Hot Swap" but did not really understand what this was (other than you could easily swap drives):


Hot-swap mobile rack - Swap hard drives quickly and easily ? even while the PC is running. Perfect for data backups, data exchange and alternative operating systems.

http://www.medion.com/gb/shop/multim...ed-description


But fully understand I did not!

Anyway - and I am just guessing here - it looks like the Hot Swap is using the motherboard socket for a possible second Hard Drive. And there is no other free socket.

So - guessing again - if I have understand correctly from Google searches - the Hot Swap is not intended to be used as a second internal Hard Drive ? Or have I understood wrong? ... Read more

Answer:Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive

Yes you can use the hotswap drive tray for another "internal " hard drive. I could not tell from the description., is it a 3.5 inch drive tray?

I use 5 trays in my system, each containing a drive for storage as well as one for my operating system.
This give a lot of flexibility.

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Anyone knows if this is even possible?

I purchased a new laptop with Vista Home Premium but would like to swap this hard drive with my old laptop's XP.

Answer:Swap vista hard drive with XP HD

Do you Want to Swap the OS ? (i.e XP on Machine A and Vista on Machine B and you want XP on Machine B and Vista on Machine A) ?
IF yes then you can swap them without swapping the HD.

Anyways,always be careful about changing OS for a Notebook.Chk if the manufacturer has the required driver for the OS you are installing.
e.g: some laptops support only the OS they come preinstalled with and have drivers only for that OS.

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At work I was recently given a new computer. My old one is a Toshiba R940 and my new one is a Toshiba W50. I have done so much in terms of IT setup, application installation, etc., I would really like to avoid doing all that again. I can copy my data over no problem but the re-installation of all that stuff might take a couple weeks.

I tried swapping hard drives, and the new W50 with the old hard drive blue screened on start up. It got to the windows splash screen but crashed after that. When I booted into recovery mode, it seemed like it couldn't see the OS on the drive. Could it be some kind of hard drive driver issue?

Or, is there some kind of tool for exporting application installation data that would make that kind of migration easier?

Any ideas?

Answer:Swap hard drive from old to new laptop

I would recommend you deal with your IT group when it comes to work computers. They own the PC, and they are there to assist you.

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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I want to install a larger hard drive on my son's PC and have tried (unsuccessfully) to clone the existing HD. Drive Image 7 (used before) didn't work and MAXBLAST 4 failed to copy all the files and suggested Scandisk + Defrag. I have run CHKDSK & Defrag but get the same error.I have deleted a number of large files to reduce the size but have found a file that will not delete. It is a 394,475KB video clip (Incomplete) and I get the message - can't delete, file being used by another person or programme. I have scanned with McAfee, Pest Patrol and Spybot with no result.I could format the drive and restore the backup but would be left with the same problem.Any suggestions please?

Answer:Hard drive swap and mystery file

try deleting in safe mode? are you sure the figures are correct it seems a very large file for being incomplete.johnny.

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My son & I both have Dell Latitude C600 laptops. He is having overheating problems with his. I am giving him my unit to finish out the term at college and would like to know if it is possible to swap the hard drives on these two units. His has XP Pro OS and mine has Win 2K Pro OS. The idea is for him to be able to continue using XP and whatever else he has on his drive after he gets my unit.
Is this possible and if so how do we go about accomplishing the swap? Also, what problems if any will we be likely to encounter?
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
ranjack
 

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Hi,

I've swapped my laptops hard drive following a fault. Dell gave me a usb restore drive which I used to build the hard drive to Windows 8.1

I've now found that Windows will not activate and I'm being prompted to enter a product key.

I don't have a registration key as its injected into the bios.. Can support please resolve this? I believe I need to provide you with my service tag?

Thanks

Answer:Windows 8.1 won't activate after hard drive swap

Hi,
Thank you for writing to us.
We would like to know if the Motherboard was replaced on the system ,in case the motherboard was replaced you would have received Key with it.
Kindly provide us with the service tag and email address.
Thanks
Robin

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Hi,Quick, very elementary, question from a newbie. I have a 2013 IdeaCentre B540 that came with a 540 GB HD. I have since swapped it for a 1TB drive, but do not know the exact connection for the drive (SATA 1, 2, or 3). Now, I would like to swap for a 2 TB hybrid drive that has an SATA III connection. I know the SATA III is backwards compatible, but I still do not know which connection is in my IdeaCentre B540. Can anyone tell me or tell me how to differentiate???Thanks for humoring such an elementary question with a proper answer.All the best

Answer:IdeaCentre B540 Hard drive swap

Hi dueducs,
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
Checking on the product specification for the Ideacentre B540:
 
SATA disk : 1TB, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 3.5" wide, 7200 rpmSATA controller: Serial ATA, SATA 3.0Gb/s support, integrated in chipset
 
Difference between SATA I, SATA II and SATA III
 
"SATA I (revision 1.x) interface, formally known as SATA 1.5Gb/s, is the first generation SATA interface running at 1.5 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 150MB/s.SATA II (revision 2.x) interface, formally known as SATA 3Gb/s, is a second generation SATA interface running at 3.0 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 300MB/s.SATA III (revision 3.x) interface, formally known as SATA 6Gb/s, is a third generation SATA interface running at 6.0Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 600MB/s. This interface is backwards compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s interface.SATA II specifications provide backward compatibility to function on SATA I ports. SATA III specifications provide backward compatibility to function on SATA I and SATA II ports. However, the maximum speed of the drive will be slower due to the lower speed limitations of the port. "
 
Several tools likewise can be used (sample1 sample2 sample3) to check from the chipset too.
 
Hope this help answer your query.
 
Regards

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So recently i swapped 2 hard drives because one of them had more space on it. The new one i placed it into my pc and copied all the files from the old hdd to the new one. Without realising when i tried to reinstall windows on my other PC using the old HDD i couldnt format it, or even to try to overwrite anything on it. I tried doing all the basic windows recovery methods but later on windows wouldnt even recognise the hdd. Within disk management my hard drive is there however the hdd doesnt have any drive letter and on the hdd icon is a red arrow pointing down. Its showing my total space but its unallocated. Im trying to use something called partition recovery wizard and so far a message keeps popping up with com. management with "you must initialize a disk before logical disk manager can access". Its giving me 2 option. MBR and GPT and I read that its best to use GPT so i clicked on that but its saying that the media is write protected. I tried listing all the disk volumes within cmd to try and erase everything but there is no drive letter for the hdd which isnt going to work. Can someone assist me?

Answer:Hard Drive Swap isnt visible

can i get some help please

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Greetings!  I'm trying to upgrade the hard drive in my HP15 (15.6") from the WD10JPVX to a Samsung 850EVO.  I've removed the old drive but am having a heck of a time getting the bracket off (the Samsung has only side-mount screw holes since the brackets are computer dependent).  Anyone have any suggestions on how to get these tiny screws out (they almost seem like they have Loctite), or where I could get a bracket for this 2.5" HD that will work in my HP15-ba053nr?  Thanks!

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i have a dell c521 which has recently conked out. system was using Windows XP.i used Drive Snapshot to back up all data but have replaced the C521 with a Dell Studio XPS 8100 which runs Windows 7. can i install the hard drive from the 521 into Studio 8100 to recover the data and if so how do i do this? i believe that the fault on the 521 was motherboard related and the hard drive as far as i know is intact.
 

Answer:dell c521 hard drive swap

Is the drive SATA? If so you should be able to plug it straight in to a available slot. They also sell hard drive enclosures that can convert it to a USB drive. cheap too. http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=n:160354011&page=1
 

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Ok, so heres my problem, I have a 250GB slim Xbox 360, and it seems to be having alot of problems. I am going to take it and get it swapped for another. But, i want to swap hard drives, because my current one has alot of save data, and stuff like that. Can i just swap the hard drives, and that be that, like the original style 360's or will the new slim line, format the hard drive as i have been told it will. Just want to clear it up before things start to cost me more money than it needs to just for a hard drive swap
 

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My primary hard drive is failing. It is fully backed up onto an installed backup hard drive. How do I make the switch to boot up and run from the backup drive, so that I can remove the faulty hard drive?

Answer:Faulty hard drive swap to backup

When you say "it is fully backed up onto an installed backup hard drive", how has that backup been created?
Also is the computer a laptop or desktop?

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My wife's Dell desktop of 6 years unexpectedly crashed this evening. From a similar experience with my old laptop, I know you can possibly extract data on the hard drive by turning it into a "slave" drive and hooking it up to another computer and then copy the files over to the working computer. From what I have read online, even though I cannot boot the hard drive, the rest of teh data should still be accessible. I did not hear any noises coming from the drive before its demise, nor do I hear any loose parts now (I heard both on old laptop drive and could not recover anything from it with the help of a tech - Thsi is where I learned the procedure initially).

I have already removed the hard drive from the non working desktop and have placed it in a plastic bag for safe keeping. I have read that you can put the drive in a hard drive enclosure and then hook that up to a computer, but we were looking to get an extenral drive of some sort anyway, so I'd like to just use that.

My question is, can I buy an external hard drive and then swap out the insides , putting my old drive in the new enclosure and then hook that up to the computer? I would really like a portable drive, vs an external drive, so can I use that, or do I need to buy an external ?Or buy a portable drive for the future, and an enclosure for the data transfer - this seems like a waste as after taking everything off the drive, do I want to rely on that for storage since its 6 yrs old? I don'... Read more

Answer:Swap out Hard Drive for data recovery

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I found an old pc in my basement and I thought I would try to restore it and use it as media pc. The PC was without a hard drive and an optical dvd drive (only cd's) so I got a hard drive. I wanted to install windows 7 on it, so I connected the hard drive to my pc I use normally installed windows on that and it booted fine and worked nicely. Then I came to swap the hard drives so I put it back into the old pc once windows was installed and I got errors, I could not boot up. I checked RAM, made sure everything was seated correctly but nothing. It then asked me whether I wanted to do a start up repair which I said yes to but once it had finished the repair I got the message:'Setup repair cannot repair this computer automatically'. I looked in the logs and the error codes all were 0x0. What can I do now?Thanks

Answer:Swap hard drive windows not booting

You cannot install windows on a hd on one system and boot to that hd on another system. You have to format and install the OS on the system you want to use.

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