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

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

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 My mother has an outdated computer we picked up a while ago. After explaining just how outdated it was, I decided to move her hard drive into my old computer.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.

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

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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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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.

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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Due to having problems with one computer, I took the hard drive (HD) out of the problem computer and put it into a working computer. The hard drive has Windows XP installed on it...

After putting it into the other working computer it seemed to install fine and it is said to be working fine in the device manager. For whatever reason, it does not show up in my computer with an assigned drive letter.

When I check it in administartive tools/computer management/disk management, it shows up, but has no drive letter. When I try to assign a drive letter, that option is grayed out, whereas I could change the drive letter on the other drive (C) that is visible. About the only option I have from disk management is to partion the drive which I don't want to do. I am not sure if it sees the other install of XP on the drive and won't allow it because of that.

I just want to get my critical files off of it, and then throw it back in the other computer and reformat it if necessary.

I am at a loss on this one, any help would be appreciated.


Shawn
 

Answer:Problem moving hard drive with OS to other computer

Have you set the jumpers on the second drive to slave?
 

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Hi Guys and Gals,

Ok here's the thing.

I have a Compaq Presario 900 which doesn't have a working CDrom drive.
I took my harddrive out and put it in my friends Dell Inspiron B130 and installed Windows xp SP2. Now that all works fine but(there is always a but ....) when I tried to put the harddrive back into my laptop(Presario 900) Windows will not boot, even if I go to safemode first thing. I thought maybe I could install Windows from the USB port but my BIOS doesn't have a BOOT FROM USB option. Also there is no Bios update that will give me that option.

I have tried deleting and installing all the drivers for the Presario then trying to boot like that but it still gets stuck.

Is there a way or does anyone know of a way I can somehow get this to work???

Thanks in advance.

Perplexed!
 

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Hi
I have a computer that is superior but the hard drive is busted. I am wondering if I can move the hard drive from the computer that I am curently useing to the broken computer. I am useing windows vista home premuim if that makes any difrence. I am fairly new at changeing hardware in a computer so very broken down istructions whould be greatly apreciated.

Thanks
 

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The question says it all could you keep it as simple as possibleThanks

Answer:Moving hard drive from old to new computer

Depends on how you want to do it. What do you have in mind?

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Can I move my hard drive from my windows xp pro computer to my other one with windows xp home. I am trying to save some files from the xp pro drive because i believe I am having motherboard issues and can't even start it in safe mode. Will this cause any problem or is this easy? Please instruct on this process. Thank You
 

Answer:Moving my hard drive to another computer

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Alright. You can read my system specs already, and I'm trying to get my old 20 gig hard drive containing Xp home editon with a bunch of software and drivers already there. I don't have acess to the install disc, so I can't perform a OS repair. When I start it everythings fine, but it has that choose: (safe mode;normal start;last good config) screen. None of them work, becuase when ever I choose one, it does some booting stuff, like that load bar or listing of a whole bunch of system files. All normal right? Now then, the moment after that, it flashes blue screen with some green and red colors in some places, then it restarts. I think it may work if I could somehow uninstall the drivers from THIS OS, the one I'm running now(system specs). Oh one more thing:Lesee if anyone can solve this, um... put some special thing in your signiture or something?
 

Answer:Moving old hard drive to new computer

Normally, when you copy a whole operating system to another harddrive, it wont work, It sounds like your system is now corrupted, Somehow i would suggest trying to get hold of an XP disc so you can perform a windows repair: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic8356.html
 

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I built a new computer w/ XP Pro. Its has a ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe MB w/ a 3.2 Mhz cpu. with a raptor hard drive. I set it up by installing the raptor alone, after xp was up and running I put the seagate 40gb in. It was running fine, when I took it out to put it back in the old system it was in it would not even start the check of IDE's. If I removed power from the HD it would say no IDE's found. I have award BIOS v4.51pg and when I hit delete I can't enter setup. (?) The only thing new to the old system is another video card (I put the old one in the new computer) I also removed the cd burner and dvd plyer and put it in the new computer, and a old dvd player was put back in the old computer. No setting were changed. I have tried to put the 40 gb back to the new comp and I get an error message w/ options to continue starting windows, start in safe, safe w/ com prompt, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated
 

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What I want to do is take an 80BG hard drive from my old gateway and put it into a newer dell that I got for free. It will not let the hard drive boot in the Dell. It goes past the bios and then it says something like your system was not shutdown properly, or something like that, then it gives me the options to start in safe mode, start windows normally, start with command prompt, boot from last known good configuration. well.. I tried all of the options and none of them even make it to the windows loading screen. It just takes me back to the beginning where it runs through the bios then stops at the screen with all the options. The computer specs are listed below. Does any1 know what is going on or how to fix this??

I did put a small (4GB) hard drive in the dell and it booted up just fine. I had WinXP on the drive.

Old computer (gateway)
p3 500MHZ
256 RAM
80GB Maxtor HD (the one I am trying to put in the dell)
Crappy graphics card (it was free)

Newer computer (Dell Optiplex gx260)
2.0GHZ P4
380 RAM (somewhere around there)
Onboard graphics (I think it has 64MB memory)
Note: everything should be stock on the dell except the fact that it was given to me free, without a hard drive
 

Answer:Moving my hard drive to another computer...

do you have a winXP CD
I would rebuild the software as it will need diffierent drivers for motherboard and not a good idea to swap a harddrive with OS over to a new pc
 

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Help Needed: Moving an old hard drive to a new computer

I have a new computer and want to move my old secondary hard drive to my new computer (again acting as a secondary drive). Once i have installed the drive, the drive is recognised in the bios but upon entering windows it does not automatically appear. I can find the drive in the Disk Management part of Computer Management screen but it says the disk is dynamic and needs to be changed to Basic, but doing this will make me lose all the data on the hard drive. I need this data.
Is there any way of getting the drive to work without losing the data?
Thanks
 

Answer:Moving an old hard drive to a new computer

put the HD back into ur old computer, then:

put ur new HD on ur old computer, and transfer the files accross

put it in a friends computer, get him to back the files onto their HD then, put his HD on ur computer

network the two computers together and transfer the files across

if ur old computer has a cd burner, make a heap of Cdr's with all the files spread across them

thats all i can think of for now
have fun!
p.s try the networkin one first
 

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Cannot boot computer (grandson messed with Bios!). I used Windows Backup (more fool me) which backed up on the same drive, so I cannot access it. If I remove the drive and install it as a second drive in another computer, will the Bios recognise it? Obviously I cannot format. Is there a better solution?

Answer:moving hard drive to another computer

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Hi Guys,

I want to move an added-on Seagate hard-drive from one desktop to another.

Before I attempt this, do you have any hints/suggestions/comments on moving hard-drives and preventing potential data loss?

Thanks in advance,

Louis
 

Answer:moving hard-drive from one computer to another

Backup your disk first.

I am not sure what you mean by 'added-on'. Do you want to move your system disk (the one with Windows installed) or a slave? If a slave then there should be no problems. Once moved, if you cannot read the disk then your IDE setup is wrong or you have not updated your BIOS or the versions of operating systems are not compatable? Old versions of Win95 do not support FAT32.

If you want to move your system disk then you could experience problems particularly if the new computer is more modern than the old one. There are various versions of Windows95 and old versions do not move easily to new hardware. I had one install of Win95 that committed suicide at the sight of the BX chipset and updated IDE. The automatic hardware detect ensured that some parts of the system updated so I could not put it back in the old machine. Moving the system disk could be a headache.
 

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I am running Windows 7 in a 3-year old computer.

I had to upgrade Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate because not only have I had too many application programs installed but Windows 7 refused to do a clean install due to lack of the drivers for many hardware components.

I am now thinking of upgrading my computer to one with faster cpu and memory. If I should do it, I will move the hard drive on which Windows 7 resides to this new one because there are too many applications I am not prepared to ditch. I will uninstall the drivers of a few important pieces of hardware, such as graphic card, LAN card, etc. before I move it.

I don't think Windows 7 comes with an option of 'Repair Installation', that we are so familiar with under Windows XP. Do you think there is great likelihood that I will succeed in doing so?

Answer:Moving the hard drive with OS to another computer.

Windows 7 is much more forgiving for hardware changes, but I still always prefer a clean install on new hardware. That being said, if you remove your drivers, and then move the hard drive, you should be okay. Just have the new drivers handy on a flash drive.

Windows 7 does have a repair option, but I believe you have to boot from the install disc to access it.

A three-year-old computer shouldn't have any hardware limitations for doing a clean install either, just for the record. You only need the basic system drivers, and they would be included.

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I have the opportunity to get a second-hand Pentium 4 computer at a good price. My present computer has an older, slower Athlon processor.

Can I simply move my present hard drive that has Win XP and a lot of software to the new computer? If I have to install all this software, as well as my data files, onto the new machine, I may have to pass on this opportunity.

If moving the drive is do-able, is there anything particular I need to do, or will the new machine simply boot up from the old drive?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Moving hard drive to NEW COMPUTER

helpseeker: Sorry, but you can't just move your HDD from one computer to another and expect it to boot.
 

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I have a nearly new hard drive that I would like to move to another faster, newer computer. Can I just format the hard drive and move it or do I need to do something else?

Answer:Moving hard drive to another computer

No, as long as it is compatible with your motherboard *SATA connection for data and power for example* just format the drive, put it in the new computer and then reinstall the OS and other programs on it.

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My old HP 8600 series computer died. I have the 30 Gbyte hard drive from this computer (with lots of important data on it) that I would like to put into another computer (Sony Viao PC 150). I have attached it as the "slave" to the existing hard drive in my Sony. Although my Sony boots ok with its original hard drive (the "master" - primary IDE), the HP hard drive is not recognized at all. I have adjusted the BIOS to ensure that the HP hard drive is the "slave." How can I make this work?
 

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I can only get to safe modes screen and no choices on that window will work, cannot get to windows logon screen. Bios sees hdd. need help!
 

Answer:Moving Hard Drive From Old To New Computer

Hello, dmcrme, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

Please take a look at the following threads to make your experience here as enjoyable as possible

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If you could take a minute to fill in some of your profile information that would be helpful to all members of the forum
Knowing someone's location in the world can be extremely helpful, even if you just put a country.

Also remember to post any problems or questions that you have in the appropriate forums

With regards to your problem, are you using the old hard drive as your new main one or have you put it in as a secondary drive?
 

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Hello everyone I have a dead acer aspire axc-704g-uw61 and I want move hard drive with windows 10 to new computer a Dell Optiplex 980 without reinstall windows 10. Can anyone show right way to do this task.
Thanks Robert.

Answer:Moving Hard Drive from dead computer to new computer without restallin

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530

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Hello, I am planning on building a new computer. I was wondering if my current hard drive that is running Windows 7 64bit upgraded from windows vista would work in the new computer? It is a 750Gb sata HDD. The computer I am on now is a gateway lx6200-01.

Thank you.

Answer:Moving hard drive from one computer to another, will it work?

You won't know it until you try, but...

My system was partially damaged during Sandy Storm, the motherboard, CPU, and memory among other things had been replaced. Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit booted up on the new hardware without loosing a beat. That did take place despite going from i5-760 to i5-3350P CPU, not to mention the difference in chipsets. While they are certainly two generations apart, they seem to be close enough for Windows 7 to boot up.

Your milage may vary...

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I have a Toshiba 1TB portable H/D (USB3) which was working fine on my Windows 7 Desktop when plugged into a usb 2.0 socket. I wanted to move it to another Laptop (Toshiba) but when I plugged it in, the Laptop (running Windows 10) showed it was connected but will not allow me to access its contents. I get 'access denied'.
I have now returned it to the Desktop and it will not let me access it now either.

Answer:Moving a Portable Hard drive to another computer

right click the drive - select properties - security tab - check the premissions boxes for your username

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I have had to move a hard drive to another computer. I had done this in the past with no problems. Now this system brings up a hazy startup screen and reboots. Can Anyhelp ? Thank you!

Answer:[SOLVED] Moving a hard drive to a new computer

If you are talking about physically moving the drive to a system with a new motherboard, you will need to do a repair install of Windows. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/tips/doug92.mspx
The old install will be looking for the old motherboard and will not boot. If you got it to work before, that day was just your lucky day. Mike

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I have an external USB hard drive with all my music on it. I recently moved to a new(er) computer. Now I cannot play any files. I get an errpr message: "You do not have permission to open this file." The security settings for the file give full control to "Administrators (ComputerName\Administrators)". I am logged on as Administrator. I went through the process with Windows to take ownership, but,,,, This is a stand alone local machine. When I look at the settings for the hard drive and look to add permissions, when I enter "owner" it shows a name "Ron" which is not me and has nothing to do with me. It says it is in a folder "(ComputerName)" Where is that folder with "Users, Groups, or Built-in security principals?" Any other helpful suggestions?
 

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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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Hi
Hope I can get some help with this.

I have an ASUS U50A that is completely dead. Asus wants 350 bucks to replace the motherboard, battery etc...

I have purchased an identical working machine from Ebay. for 140$

My plan is to take the hard drive from the old dead machine and put it in the new (used) identical machine I purchased on Ebay. I have a lot of files on the old machine that are not backed up.

Both hard drives have the original OEM OS installs on them.

My questions are

Will MS/Win7 let me do this?
Will it boot?
If the motherboard is fried what are the chances the old hard drive is fried?
Anything I should do before I switch the hard drives?

Any thoughts are appreciated, thanks

Answer:Moving Win7 OEM Hard drive to identical computer

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Phijammer


Hi
Hope I can get some help with this.

I have an ASUS U50A that is completely dead. Asus wants 350 bucks to replace the motherboard, battery etc...

I have purchased an identical working machine from Ebay. for 140$

My plan is to take the hard drive from the old dead machine and put it in the new (used) identical machine I purchased on Ebay. I have a lot of files on the old machine that are not backed up.

Both hard drives have the original OEM OS installs on them.

My questions are

Will MS/Win7 let me do this?
Will it boot?
If the motherboard is fried what are the chances the old hard drive is fried?
Anything I should do before I switch the hard drives?

Any thoughts are appreciated, thanks


I dont think the motherboard is totally fried necessiarly as that usually only happens if a surge of electricity somehow bypasses a surge protector or you touch the mb without discharging static electricity first. yes widows 7 should accept your old drive as long as it is compatible. It should hoot also as long as the bios detects it when you connect the drive cable(s) and power supply to the drive. The chances of the hd being fried if the mb is fried i would say is 50/50. I mean yes it can happen; but I have rarely heard of instances where the mb fried and in the process fried the hd as well. But again it can still happen. AS far as what to do before you switch drives; i would make sure the ca... Read more

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I had a Dell Optiplex 320 whose motherboard crashed. The hard drive on it was working great before the motherboard crashed. When I place the same hard drive into a Dell Optiplex 755 I receive a blue screen stating "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer".

Is there a way to use the old hard drive on the Dell Optiplex 755?

Thank you for looking.
 

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My old computer crashed. I was running Windows Vista and my new computer is running Windows 7. I put my old hard drive in an external case. How do I transfer my email and Outlook files to the new computer? I am having trouble even identifying where the files are on the external drive. I'm not highly knowedgeable on computers; I just know enough to get me in trouble.

Answer:Moving outlook files from external hard drive to computer

Have a look here: Migrate from Outlook Express or Windows (Live) Mail to Outlook - HowTo-Outlook | HowTo-Outlook

To find where your files are on your external drive you can use Windows Explorer - of course you need to make sure the external drive is connected to your computer.

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Hello to all. It's been months (yrs) since I have been on here. Here's my situation.

I have my older HP Pavilion 775e desk top running XP Home. (Was the wife's PC)... I also have (mine) a HP Pavilion p6750p desk top running Windows 7 Home. I would like (think I can) transfer the Windows 7 to the older HP 775e computer. Here's how I hope to perform.
I have a (New) A7N8X-LA 5187-4113 motherboard...Exact same motherboard as the old XP motherboard, and remove the Hard Drive from the HP p6750p computer and install it in the HP 775e PC along with the new motherboard. Since I have the new Motherboard and Hard Drive from the Windows 7 computer. Will I be able to install Windows 7 on the new A7N8X-LA motherboard and hard drive in the old XP machine?

Answer:Moving Windows 7 Home and Hard Drive to Older Computer

If you're satisfied that your backups of your data files are restorable -- I say go for it, carefully, no hurry. Windows 7 will balk on whatever drivers are not found in the old computer, but, you should be able fix by downloading manufacturers' drivers.

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im not terribly knowledgable about computers but get by considering im only an architect....so the following might sound a bit silly!!!
i had a hard drive in my old p3 dual processor machine....have an amd machine now and wanted to move the drive without having to reinstall everything!!! i deleted the hkey_current_config > system > currentcontrolset > enum entry from the registry (this worked for me before) ....i then installed the old drive into the new machine....everything looked fine.....booted to win2k logon screen but then i discovered....the keyboard and mouse didnt work so i couldnt log on....even tried a usb keyboard but to no avail.....still the same problem when i try to boot to safe mode !!! the keyboard seems to stop working just after win 2k starts to load....num lock comes on and stays on....have tried unpluging it and then plugging it back in....even booting with no keyboard.....anybody have any idea what has gone wrong or how i might fix the problem!!!?? thanks in advance!!!!
 

Answer:moving old hard drive to new system...problem!!?

please forgive any spelling mistakes!!!!
 

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Hey, sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, but im new here.  I looked through the Faqs, but my question seems to specific.I'm building a new computer from scratch.  Currently on my old computer (the one im on), i have 2 hard drives.  One of them (80gbs) contains xp, and the other (250gbs) contains all my movies, music, documents, and much more.  I recently bought another 250gb hard drive, but it is still in the box.  I was wondering if i installed xp on the hard drive thats still in the box, and i move the hard drive that does not contain xp on my old computer(250gbs) to my new computer, will the hard drive(old 250gbs) have everything ereased?My new computer will contain: -MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard-EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card-Rosewill RP550V2-S-SL 550W SLI Ready-ATX 12V V2.01 Power Supply-Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor-CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-5400c4-dvd burner, dvd rom, and floppy, cooler master case

Answer:Hard Drive help (moving from computer to computer)

also, i was advised that when i first installed the old 250gb, i formatted it, as you do with all hard drives when u install (with a cd).  now there is no reason to format it again(and erease everything) because a hard drive that is formatted is just a plug and play thing.  Remember, im not installing xp to this hard drive, so their is no reason anythign should be ereased. xp is going to the new hard drive that will be formatted.

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My SSD is filling up (it's 256gb) and so I decided to move the documents folder to the D: harddrive. I changed the location under Quick Access to D:\Documents. The system created the directory and moved the files. However, before the move there were 54gb of files and 2840 folders under C:\<user name>\Documents. Now after the 'move' there are 26gb and 2840 folders left under C:\<user name>\Documents. If it moved them, how come a copy of 1/2 of files and all of the folders are still on C:\ ? I verified it's not just a pointer by deleting one of the files in D:\Documents. It's still on C:\.

Answer:Problem moving Documents Folder to hard drive from SSD

The problem could be in how you made the move. I find it works best to first create the new Folder on the second drive or partition such as D:\Documents. The I go to C:\Users\USERNAME, right-click the Documents Folder and on the Location tab specify the new Folder. The Folders shown on the left column above the C: drive usually do not fully work for the process.

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I have a PC with Windows 10 Pro. I activated this Windows with a product key that I got over the phone from Microsoft because it was not possible to activate Windows 10 after upgrading from Windows 8.1.

In my Windows 10 Pro settings it says under Activation "Windows is activated using your organization's activation service." (What does that mean?) At least in this Activation window it is not possible to link my Windows 10 license to my Microsoft account although I am using this Microsoft account to log into the computer.

Now comes the interesting part. Something is wrong with my motherboard - it sometimes does and sometimes does not recognize my RAM (I'm sure it is the motherboard because this happens with my old RAM and also with new RAM that I bought because I thought the old RAM might be faulty). I therefore bought a new PC. This PC does not have any Windows installed.

Will I be able to move my Windows 10 license from the old PC to the new PC, and do I have to do this in a specific way?

Thanks for your help!

Greetings - desertman

Answer:Moving to new computer - activation question

Open a command prompt (admin) (Win + X will bring up a list and Command Prompt [admin] will be in the list).

In the window run:
slmgr /dlv

Please post the results here. It sounds like you are activated with a KMS type activation which is reserved for corporations using volume licensing and there should have been no way Microsoft would have given you that.

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Hard Drive Installation Problem

I am trying to move a hard drive that was installed on an AMD processor
system to a computer with a Pentium 4 motherboard. The drive has Windows XP installed. What do I need to do to get this to work. Ultimately I want to install a new hard drive and move the files over from the old one that was installed in the AMD system.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Problem - Moving hard drive from AMD system to Pentium system

Should be a simple move

There is nothing uniquely different about a computer with an AMD vs Intel processor. The hard drive, which I assume is your only drive, is not a processor dependent peripheral. Bringing up a new motherboard, however, will trigger plug and play reinstalls for most of your peripherals--sound "card", video card, modem, e.t.c.

When you install a "new" hard drive you will need devise a cut over procedure. Usually, what I do is as follows:

- Install the new drive as a slave drive, keeping the old drive (i.e. C: ) as the master. The new drive will have no partitions and will not be formatted. Jumpers will have to be set on each drive to accomplish this.

- Using Partition Magic, or a similar utility, copy the primary partition from C: to the new drive which will now assigned drive letter D.

- If you have other drive letters in use, and you intend to retire the old drive, copy each letter to the extended partition on the new drive. If you intend to keep you old drive as a slave drive you can leave the additional drive letters alone.

- After all of the copying is done you must now reverse the master/slave jumpers on each drive. Your new drive will be drive C, your old drives primary partition will become drive D.

Until everything seems to be working OK for a week or two I usually "hide" my old primary partition, which is now drive D. You can then either delete and reformat the old pr... Read more

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Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Moving your primary hard drive to a new computer to be used as a primary there too???

Originally Posted by Squa190


Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.



well....if you have a different motherboard, your HDD wont be able to run the OS installed on it as primary...

just install it as a slave drive, im sure you can run a ''repair install'' on the drive & use it in a ''dual boot'' config.

if thats not possible, install it as a slave drive & simply delete the OS files leaving only your data on the disc..

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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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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
 

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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 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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Hi,

I want to reinstall Win 7 Home Premium on a new SSD in my Lenovo K320. It is not clear to me in the user guide that I can reinstall to a different hard drive. If I install the hard drive (it currently has XP on it and no data I want to save), mark it as the C drive, will the recovery program reinstall it to the new drive? (After thorough backup :-).)

Is this question better for a Lenovo specific forum?

Thanks!

Cheers,
Pogopossum

Answer:Moving Win 7 to new hard drive, same PC

  
Quote: Originally Posted by pogopossum


Hi,

I want to reinstall Win 7 Home Premium on a new SSD in my Lenovo K320. It is not clear to me in the user guide that I can reinstall to a different hard drive. If I install the hard drive (it currently has XP on it and no data I want to save), mark it as the C drive, will the recovery program reinstall it to the new drive? (After thorough backup :-).)

Is this question better for a Lenovo specific forum?

Thanks!

Cheers,
Pogopossum


Welcome to SevenForums Pogopossum.

What size SSD are you planning to use?

Would you post a snapshot of your present disk managment display using
THIS procedure. Thanks.
HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY
Run disk management:
WIN | type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
WIN is the key with the wavy flag.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo (this pops up a menu) followed by X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field. This is very important, otherwise, needed info is not visible.

Make a snapshot:
WIN | type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

Post the snapshot:
Upload a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

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Question: moving hard drive

I am trying to move an 80gb WD hard rive from a Win98 system to a new XP system. I have a new 160gb Maxtor for the master drive, and want have the WD drive be the slave so I can access all of the data. I installed it and set the jumpers and started the computer up. Windows saw the drive, it was F: in My Computer, but when I clicked on it, it said this drive is not formatted, would you like to format now.

I was running EZ BIOS on the drive before to access the full 80 GB, so I uninstalled it, hoping to get WinXP to recognize the drive. Now everything behaves the same except that when I go into the admin tools>computer management it now says this disk is not initialized and asks if I want to initialize the disk.

What do I need to do to get this drive running in the new system without losing any of my data?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
 

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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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alright guys..?

i got a pc that i bought off ma uncle because my old one unfortunately broke because the hard drive in that pc was damaged.
but now i got a hard drive in my new one, could i possibly place the hard drive into my broken one..? would there be any problems if i did do this.?

Answer:Moving a hard drive to another pc.

If you move the drive that has the Operating System from one pc to another, you will have to do a Repair Install of XP . . if it only contains data, you can just move it

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I want to use my 80 gig multi boot (98, 2K, XP, '03 server trial) hd in a different computer. I put it in there and booted 98 and it sorta worked, couldn't find drivers on itself for some of the hardware which is correct I think. But I want to use the XP partition as my main OS. When trying to boot into the XP the system just reboots continually, never goes into XP.
SOme have said that it can't be done, some said that if I boot from the CD and choose 'repair' that it should install the right stuff for the not new but new to me box. Any thoughts?

Answer:Moving Hard Drive To Different Box

That's correct: a working XP installation won't start in a different system, unless you reinstall it. The alternative to a full installation is the repair installation: boot from your XP install CD; start installing normally, and when the assistant detects the previous installation, it'll offer you the repair option which will keep all your software and system configurations, user folders, etc., but not the drivers.

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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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Hi..first, am i right in thinking that every bit of information the PC needs is on the hard drive?so the question is, On my daughters PC, which has win95, if i was to take out my spare drive, win98se, which has everything on it, OS plus all the programmes, and put it into her PC, would it work?thanks

Answer:moving a Hard Drive ?

Yes and no. The hard drive also has all the drivers and would be set up for your hardware configuration. If windows did load then you'd need to install all the drivers for the hardware on her PC.Alternatively it might not work at all..

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Hello.I want to move a hard drive that has four partitions, one being the operating partition.I am happy that I will have to reinstall the OS once the drive is in the new machine, but will this affect the other partitions? Will they still be there and will the data still be intact?Thankyou.

Answer:Moving hard drive from one pc to another

yes i think all your data will be safe but back it up all the same its the only sure way to be 100% safe and then you will hav to renistall the os partition

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I have a rehabed HP D52 box with XP Pro. I would like to replace the 40G WD400 drive with a 160G version partitioned to 40G, 60 & 60 with XP copied to the new 40G partition using Partition Magic 8 by Power Quest, before Symantec took it over. I believe PM8 does a bit copy which should resolve the problems of hidden files etc. Has anyone used PM8 for this purpose & what were the results? I also have Drive Image 2000 by Power Quest and would like to use that to create an image of the, new, drive C on one of the other partitions after the copy. The present file structure is NTFS & I have not tried these products on either XP or an NTFS partition so am not quite sure what to expect.

Any suggestions regarding this would be appreciated.

This is my first post to this group so if this should appear in a different forum please let me know.

JamesSoCal

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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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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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I have an Acer Aspire (Windows Vista HP 32bit) that won't get out of startup repair. I made many hardware manipulations and did my best to get out of it and I finally called it quits. But that's not the problem. I took out the hard drive and bought a custom computer that I built without using any parts from my Acer Aspire (but the HDD). The hard drive I bought for it is a Samsung SP 1 TB and I also purchased Windows 7 HP 64bit. I booted it up and everything went well until I tried hooking up my old Seagate with 2 years of stuff on it from my Acer Aspire. My new build read both partitioned drives (160 GB and 160 GB), but the only files on the C Drive it read were program files and useless stuff. The meat and potatoes (my documents, pictures, videos, projects, music, etc...) I cannot find. Ive tried stuff in the Device Manager and Disk Management but I can't seem to find it. I'm worried the only way I can retrieve is back on my broken Acer. All help is appreciated.

Answer:Moving Hard Drive to new OS

C:\Documents and settings\user name

See if that helps

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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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Hey folks,

I have a recently become defective hard drive. Defective due to excessive shock according to the IBM Drive Fitness test. It hasn't failed on me yet. I anticipate IBM replacing this drive as it is less than 3 years old so within warranty. It is currently partitioned into a C & D drive with the C housing the OS (Windows XP) and D containing data, programs, mp3s, pics etc. I'd rather not have to go through the process of reinstalling everything and I'm not sure if or how Microsoft allows the reinstall of XP on a new hard drive. Is there an easy and recommended method for me to move everything as is (all files, settings, op system etc) from the old drive to the new one? I had been looking at imaging software (like the CNET recommended Acronis True Image) but I'm not sure this truly moves everything.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Moving everything from one hard drive to another.

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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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I have a computer (Dell) with a blown motherboard, but a perfectly good hard drive with XP Pro installed. I also have a brand new computer (Dell) with XP Home on it, not even out of the box yet. Is there any reason I can't simply put the hard drive from the older computer, with XP Pro installed, in the new computer (taking out it's new hard drive), and use XP Pro on it? Are there any licensing issues (I wouldn't be using XP Pro twice, since the old computer is kaput)? Would there be any problem, if I should decide to fix the motherboard later, with moving the hard drive back to the original computer and reinstalling the drive with XP home where is was originally?

My concern is that there may be some checking between the drive and the computer to be sure the OS is on the original computer it was installed on. Not trying to do anything illegal here, just swap drives around temporarily.
 

Answer:Moving a hard drive and OS?

Hi Frank,

There are usually problems putting a HDD with Windows installed into another system. Windows will detect a new environment and will not boot - unless the motherboard and main components are the same as the old system.

Not sure why you would want to play with a completely new system?

You could always install the old drive as a slave in the new system.

I am sure others will have different options for you
 

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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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i had a pc which broke. i went to reboot my pc after i went slow and it came up something like c:\wndows\system\config anyway i noticed that the case fan had stopped so i got a new fan before trying anything further. i put the new fan in and then it wouldnt output on the graphics and although the fans started up it wouldnt beep either when started.

anyway got a new pc and decided t transfer the drives accross. i got the c drive working that before displayed the above error. moved all the drives accross which was fine apart from one of the drives. its a samsung 160gb and didnt have an OS on it was just used for storage. its not setected at all by the bios at start up although other slave drives are. im not sure what to do next.

please help,

Answer:moving hard drive to new pc

Are the jumpers set correctly for its new location?

Have you checked the power connections and cabling for the drive?

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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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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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Now, im not too sure about anything really so it makes searching for an answer really hard, so ill just describe as good as possible.I have 2 computers. 1 old, 1 new.The run the same OS, but my old one recently screwed up and wont come on.Im wanting to transfer all my documents, software, registry etc. (EVERYTHING) from my old screwed up computer, to my new computer.. And Im guessing what i would need to do is just take the HDD out of one and put it in the other.. but i dont know for sure... please correct me if im wrong. and all help is appreciated.thanks

Answer:Moving a hard drive

Just hook up the HD to your new computer. Hopefully, you new computer doesn't have more than one drive. If so, you'll have to disconnect the slave drive in order to connect the old drive. I wouldn't advise you to transfer programs or anything related to the registry. This could really foul up the new OS but you should be able to get all your old files. Bonne chance.

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I tried searching for this but I'm still confused. I built my first PC recently and it's working fine but I've decided I want a faster hard drive. If I want to carry on using the same OS rather than buy a new one, and want to keep all my programs and files etc would this method work?

Buy new hard drive

Connect new hard drive

Follow instructions here and set the save location as the new hard drive

Unplug old drive and turn PC on with only new drive connected

Would the new drive have all the needed system files to work on it's own? I don't want to have to buy another copy of W7.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Moving W7 to a new hard drive

Imaging products like Acronis have a couple of capabilities:

1: making and saving an image of a drive, usually to another hard drive. Then "restoring" that image if and when the original hard drive installation has major issues. Think of this as making a copy of your system and later placing that copy back on a hard drive. This is usually done to recover from disasters, like a failed hard drive or accidental deletion of important files.

2: "Cloning". This is copying a system on one hard drive to another hard drive in real time. You don't save an image and later restore it. This is normally done when things are working well, but you just want to move to a faster or larger drive.

If I understand you correctly, you would want to use the second method. Acronis can do that and I think the other standard imaging applications can do it as well.

In your case, you would connect the new drive and then "clone" from the old drive to the new drive.

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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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I am working on my Dads desktop pc. The hard drive had physical failure and was unusable anymore. I just threw in a used one I had laying around so he could get going again.That makes the 2nd time this OEM copy of the Windows XP Home had been installed and activated (second time on today 7-11). I can hear slight clicking coming from the hard drive. I was unaware that he had plans to go purchase a brand new hard drive today, a few hours after I activated it.
Now, my questions are:
1- Is there anyway I can copy windows from the already activated hard drive to the New one without having to reactivate it? Disk image or something?
I know you are only allowed so many activations and I dont want to go over that limit and cost him money on having to buy another copy/key.

2- If this is not possible, I will just make this new drive a slave and put it in. Any thoughts on which would be best in this case......keep it on the same c drive, or make it on its own partition?

Thanks
John
 

Answer:Input on New Hard Drive and Xp Activation Please.

You won't have to worry about going over the limit. If you ever do go over your limit and Windows will not activate all you have to do is call the number for phone activation. A computer will answer the phone and ask you to repeat a product ID that you will see after the activation fails. Once you give the english understanding computer the ID, activation will fail and you will be automatically transfered to a real person. Tell them your circumstances and they will give you a new 40-some digit ID to type in. Once you do that your all set to go and Windows will activate successfuly. It is a 3 minute phone call to Microsoft.
 

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My daughter was given a used HP Touchscreen computer and to save time of moving 3 years a info and apps in the middle of school, I moved the hard drive to the new computer.  Before I did that, the touch screen worked.  Afterwards, it does not.  There is not even an entry under the HID items on the control panel.  How do I move foward?  

Answer:No touchscreen after moving hard drive

Sofal wrote:My daughter was given a used HP Touchscreen computer and to save time of moving 3 years a info and apps in the middle of school, I moved the hard drive to the new computer.  Before I did that, the touch screen worked.  Afterwards, it does not.  There is not even an entry under the HID items on the control panel.  How do I move foward?  You moved the hard drive?  So, you took it out of one computer and placed it into another?  Did you reinstall the operating system?  You're not supposed to just move it and have it just work...that's not how computers work.

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I'm running out of hard drive space and just want to move existing data to a larger hard drive. I am currently using WDC WD200BB-75DEA0 [Hard drive] (20.00 GB) -- drive 0 and am trying to "copy" this hard drive onto HDS728080PLAT20 [Hard drive] (33.82 GB) -- drive 1. Two things: 1) I believed this hard drive to be 80GB but as you can see it shows up as 33.82 GB and 2) I have attemted to copy everything over using Acronis True Image and all seemed perfectly fine right up until I installed the bigger hard drive. It will not boot. The boot process begins, the Windows XP screen appears and then it restarts repeatedly. I've tried Recovery console and running fixboot, chkdsk (which found and fixed errors) but still will not boot. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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I am running windows xp pro. Some thoughtful previous user partitioned my hard drive. I now have a "c" drive that is so crowded that I have to clear my temp files just to open my email. But I have a "d" drive with 10 gig of free space. How do I move this partition with out buying more software? Also; can I save programs to that "d" drive and run them from there?

Answer:Moving a hard drive partition

You may not want to hear this, but IMHO, backup all your data, clean format your drive and start over *without* any partition. Partitioning is not very helpful on small drives. This is best in the long run. Just install the programs to the same drive without worrying about a separate partition for them.

BTW, yes, if you want to, you can install programs to D: and run it from there as long as D: is not a recovery partition. Don't ever install anything into or modify the recovery partition in any way.

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Just wanting to clarify something:

If I have a hard drive in my PC, and have partitioned it and then I want to move this hard drive on to a new computer, will the partitions stay or will I need to re-partition the hard drive in the new PC?

Answer:Moving a hard drive with partitions

I believe the partitions will stay like they were before the move.

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So I have 4 hard drives and a SSD at the moment, but i'm trying to add 3tb hdd in place of another old smaller drive.

Problem: When I installed windows I had 3 drives plugged in so some how it put the MBR on one hard drive and my windows on another. Now when I unplug one hard drive to add my new one my computer says there are no bootable devices. Is there a way to maybe move it to my ssd with my new windows on it? or Make a new one?

Answer:Finding the MBR and moving it to another hard drive to add new hhd

I think the easiest way to solve your issue is to use your Windows DVD to repair the SSD drive. If you want that to be the booable system drive, unplug all other hard drives and then repair the SSD.

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I just bought a new system with XP and want to move a second Hard Drive from my old machine (win 98) over. This drive was a second drive on my old machine (ie. no OS on board).
I have installed the drive and the bios recognises it, it is seen in disk Management, but in windows explorer I cannot access it. It says I need to format the disk. I am a little cautious thinking I will lose all of the data on that disk. I guess my question is: If I format that disk will all data be lost?

Also in Disk mgmt, the file system is blank???
 

Answer:Problems Moving Hard Drive

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How can i move my D:/ partition to my new hard drive ?

(C:/ is vista D:/ is XP)

I am moving permantly to XP but dont want to delete C:/ yet as i need to save things

i have two 250gb HDD's

the first has 2 partitions (c and d)

the second is currently free space

any way to move my OS to a different hd?
 

Answer:Moving partiton to new hard drive?

XXClone will do it. http://www.majorgeeks.com/XXCLONE_d5534.html
Copy your stuff, then make the disk bootable, very simple, easy program to use.

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Hi guys,I have a problem with Vista. A problem of my own making, not Microsoft's (for once) but a problem nonetheless.I have just moved house, and unfortunately in my haste to get some music going whilst we sorted through our unending boxes I shorted the PSU of my ageing Epox MiniMe media PC, blew the motherboard and tripped the fuseboard in the house! In my defense, I think that somebody may have mistreated my little cube on the journey over here - it appears to have a dent on one corner that I don't remember having seen before. Anyway, after a great deal of swearing I'm now over it and accepting that a new PC must be obtained (since suitable Epox mobo/PSUs are pretty impossible to find).Now my question is this: can my Vista Ultimate installation (from the old media PC) be transferred to a new PC if I can't find the original Vista disk? The HDD with Windows on is undamaged, so I know I can recover my data, but the OS refuses to boot - I guess this is down to Microsoft's anti-piracy 'beat those pesky hardware-changing end users with a big stick for daring to make any changes' attitude. I have had to boot from CD and repair the Vista installation after previous hardware changes, but as yet I am unable to locate the CD (it's not in my usual PC-related disk stash and we're prety much all unpacked now) and I can't get the HDD to boot on any other PC for obvious reasons.I want to buy a new media cube, probably from eBay and probably without Vista installed since that will keep the... Read more

Answer:Vista OS: Moving Hard Drive to a Different PC

HI,I think you might have answered your own question. It probably won't boot up with a new M/B with new hardware. Have you tried googling this porblem. I have managed to find some obscure solutions to pC porblems. Worth a try. The link you provided looks very dodgy. It does say they are copies.

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I am hoping that someone will be able to help me with this. When my motherboard fried on my Acer 6930g I bought another Acer 6930g from ebay.

My intention was to put my old hard drive in the new machine and put the new hard drive in the spare hard drive slot that the 6930g has. I have done this and it all works. However.....

As my old HD is nearly full and not running as fast as the empty new one I was thinking of swapping them again. I would though like to put some of my essential programs and docs on the new HD. The new HD has windows 7 home pro 64 bit. My existing HD is windows home 32 bit. I haven't got any of the product keys for my software so i can't reinstall.

How can I move my essential stuff over and keep it working?

Not sure if this makes any sense but hoping womeone will know what i am on about. Thanks.
 

Answer:Moving things from one Hard Drive to Another.

don't think 32 bit programmes will run on 64 bit system,however yuo could transfer your docs/music/video and photo's on the new hard drive this would free up some space.
 

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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 :

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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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My Windows 7 OS is currently on a 56 GB SSD. I believe I would like to run it and everything on my computer from either of my 458 GB regular hard drives.

The reason for doing this is because I do not have enough space to operate or make updates to Windows 7 on my SSD. Six months ago, I sought out and received some excellent help in attempting to get the amount of used memory of the SSD down in the thread below.

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/index.php?threads/hard-drive-space-problems.296225/

In the end, we decided that it couldn't be done. Each time I freed up space, it would somehow be gobbled up and I couldn't make an update to Windows 7. Grad school started again, I became very busy and had to put off fixing this problem. Now I am off for the summer and have time to address the issues again.

I would just now like to move the OS to a different drive and be able to operate the computer without space restraints. Some questions:

1. Is this the best idea? Is there any other solution that wouldn't involve purchasing expensive hardware?

2. Is there a step by step list/guide that I should follow? Similar FAQ's and guides have been extremely helpful here in the past.

3. How do I do this?

Thank you very much in advance for any help you might be able to give. You all have been incredible in the past.
 

Answer:Windows 7 Help Moving To A Different Hard Drive

Have a look at HDClone Free Edition.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/hdclone_free_edition.html
 

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I want to build another computer. Is it possible to move my existing Windows 10 hard drive to my new motherboard without having to format and reinstalling windows 10? Will everything boot up as before?

Answer:Moving win10 hard drive

Originally Posted by Ronnielee09


I want to build another computer. Is it possible to move my existing Windows 10 hard drive to my new motherboard without having to format and reinstalling windows 10? Will everything boot up as before?



Yep. Did it myself. Windows 10 is very tolerant of detecting and handling new hardware. The biggest issue you will have is if the old computer was legacy bios and the disk is MBR and the new computer is UEFI which boots from GPT.

Windows 10 will not be activated automatically on the new motherboard, however.

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Can anybody point me in the right direction as to how I can transfer my current XP system with all the installed programs, etc. that is on my 200gb hard drive to a 160gb hard drive. I will still be using my same motherboard; only my hard drive will change. My 200 gig is going to crash one of these days and i have quite a bit of programs however I am not in the mood to reinstall. Thanx.
 

Answer:Moving XP from one hard drive to another (different sizes)

You image it

I use symantec Ghost (licenced software) but you should backup first (as it is easily possible to put the HardDrives the wrong way around).

By the way, the new HardDrive must have enough space to hold all your used files (seeming you're going from 200 to 160 , thought I'd mention that)
 

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Ok, I'm setting up a hard drive at school with Vista and I'm going to move it to my home computer. I need to know what I need to do to get the hard drive with Vista to run properly on my home computer. Obviously its going to be set up for the computer that I set it up with at school.

So how would I go about doing this?

By the way I'm going to be dual booting XP and Vista with two hard drives if that helps anything.

Answer:Moving a hard drive with vista.

So you're using the school's license to install Vista for your pc?

This is pirating, and TSF can't help with that.


http://www.techsupportforum.com/rules.php

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(I did a search on this site and didn't find a workable solution to my problem... Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thank you...) Problem: -I'm moving a 10 gig hard drive from my Thinkpad T21 to a Thinkpad A30.-I'm running Windows 2000.-Windows hangs on booting in the A30. Theorizing the Problem: -From the research I've done already, I think the hard drive controller driver needs to be updated on the copy of Windows on the hard drive. Attempted Solutions: -The Thinkpad/Windows Recovery CD that came with the T21 won't work on the A30! So running a Windows Recovery is out of the question.-I've tried downloading boot disks from internet, but they only boot up and take me no further. -I've also tried putting the hard drive back in the T21 and make changes to the device manager and reselect a different device driver for the A30. I think this is the way to go, but the "disable" function is grayed out on the primary ide driver. Maybe I should choose the option to uninstall it? I'm guessing I should do something when the drive is in the old T21 before moving it over, but I'm not sure. I'm really stuck here and would be so grateful for someone to point the way. Thank you for your replies! 

Answer:Help! - moving hard drive from one Thinkpad to another

Welcome to the forum! What you're attempting is likely never going to work. You need recovery media for W2K built with a HAL for A30, not T21. These machines are different enough to prevent your "project" from booting. If you can't locate proper restore media for A30/W2K, feel free to drop me a PM. Good luck.

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The H/D on my Acer lap-top (5720G) is split into two partitions. The C drive is now getting short of memory, so I would like to grab some from the D drive and move it over to C. How do I do this?

Answer:Moving memory in hard drive

I think you must mean that your C Partition is getting full dont you,they dont have seperate memory?

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Right now, I have two hard drives. My C:\ drive has my OS on it (XP Home SP2), and my J:\ drive has nothing on it (a few gigs used, but nothing is showing in windows explorer. I suspect it is from partitioning and stuff), and I can put files on my J:\ drive.

My plan is to eventually have what is on my C:\ drive on my J:\ drive and have Linux installed on my C:\ drive. The problem is that if I just copy the contents of my C:\ drive over my my J:\ drive, the Windows registry files and all of the stuff in the OS will refer to files located on my C:\ drive, so I won't be able to run XP off of my J:\ drive (or boot off of it). My goal is to be able to boot off of J:\ and be able to run Windows so everything would be identical to how it is now (on my C:\ drive) without the help of another hard drive, and be able to boot off of my C:\ drive which would have Linux on it.

What I need is a program that can transfer the operating system and all of my files onto another hard drive, and also changes the registry and everything so I would be able to start XP off my my J:\ drive alone. That is why I am here. Can you give a link to a program that can do this? It would be much appreciated. Thank you.

(Oh, and right now I have access to Norton Ghost, but I am not sure it would do what I am asking for. Would it?

(And my C:\ drive is getting really full, and my J:\ drive is much larger, so that is why I can't just install Linux on my J:\ drive.)
 

Answer:Moving Hard Drive Files

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I am running Windows XP on my PC. I have two WD hard drives. My C: drive is getting full (on my master drive). I have now an empty D: drive on my slave drive (I used to store my documents there, which I now moved to an external drive). Now I want to move everything from my C: drive to my D: drive. I know how to switch the jumbers so that the slave drive becomes the new master drive. But how do I move the system, files, everything, so that the System boots from current D: Drive (which will become the new C: drive). I do not want to reinstall everything anew, so I am not looking for a clean install, just a move of everything from C: to D:. Thanks. Daniel
 

Answer:Solved: Moving the OS to a new hard drive

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I'm not sure exactly how to do this, so any help is appreciated. I currently have a hard drive with two partitions dual booting Win 7 and Vista. I need to move both OS's to a new hard drive. I've made a full backup of the drive with the Macrium Reflect program, but I don't know if restoring it on a new hard drive using the recovery CD will work. Will there be any problems booting the operating systems afterwards? Is there a better way or better program to do this? Does the type or brand of the new hard drive make a difference?

Answer:Moving To New Hard Drive with Win 7 and Vista

smengler, I have used Macrium reflect to do that with my XP system. I simply cloned the old hard drive to the new one.

Another handy program for this is EaseUS, it has a clone function that does exactly that.

I take that you want to transfer everything, not only the OSs, right? If the latter, better just perform clean installs.

Please also take a look at this thread, those are problems you might find (and solutions)

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<font face='Tahoma' size='2'>Hi all,<br><br>I've recently upgraded my Win98 machine and the old hard drive has become available for use.<br><br>I planned to use it in my Win2K machine and keep the old Win2K machine HD as a spare.<br><br>That was the plan, but as usual it's failed ...<br><br>I added the new drive on it's Ultra66 controller card and kept the old one in. I then formatted the new one and created a partition using Win2k's Disk Management app, then used XCopy with the /h/e/c/k/y switches to copy over the data. I then removed the original drive and it failed to start Win2K properly claiming that a "systemD" file was missing/corrupt and that I needed to repair it using the install procedure, which, of course, doesn't run from a DOS prompt.<br><br>I don't know, this used to work for Win95/8. Does anyone have a method that could help me ? I know that I could just re-install on the new drive, but I have lots of work on it which I can't back-up easily.

Any reply appreciated.

Rep
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Answer:Moving Win2K to a new hard drive

You could try booting from the 2000 Cd and doing a repair of the system.

I am not sure how that will work the way you did it. I have never seen anyone try that way before.
 

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I have a hard drive with Windows XP installed that I need to get information off of before I format it. I had to change the motherboard and it won't boot into Windows. Is it best to set it up as a slave and put it into my other computer running Windows XP, will the 2 operating systems conflict? Or do a repair install with the new motherboard? The old computer (bad motherboard) was an E Machine #T2895, I have the E Machine restore CD's but they say they will only work in an E Machine.
 

Answer:Moving hard drive with Windows XP

Is it best to set it up as a slave and put it into my other computer running Windows XP,
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Thats how I would do it - as a slave no conflict with OS's
 

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Is there a way to move the whole content of a main hard drive with windows vista and a few games installed without harming/damaging the windows (and games, but windows is higher priority)???
 

Answer:Moving the content of a hard drive

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Hey Im building a new pc and I plan on using all new parts except hard drive because Im trying to save all of my data. Ive been reading online and have come across some information saying that it could possible work but it might effect activation. Would I be able to buy a new key and use it on first boot up. or would I have to get a fresh install.

Answer:Moving Old hard drive with winows 10 to new pc

Yes, the digital entitlement feature of activation will be lost due to the new hardware but you may still be able to access your Microsoft Account and get activated, at least it worked that way when my older computer crashed. And Yes, it should be possible to purchase a new key if the other way doesn't work. Just be sure it's the same as presently installed, Home or Pro or ???.

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Hey Im building a new pc and I plan on using all new parts except hard drive because Im trying to save all of my data. Ive been reading online and have come across some information saying that it could possible work but it might effect activation. Would I be able to buy a new key and use it on first boot up. or would I have to get a fresh install.

Answer:Moving Old hard drive with winows 10 to new pc

Yes, the digital entitlement feature of activation will be lost due to the new hardware but you may still be able to access your Microsoft Account and get activated, at least it worked that way when my older computer crashed. And Yes, it should be possible to purchase a new key if the other way doesn't work. Just be sure it's the same as presently installed, Home or Pro or ???.

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I am rearranging my files on my PC. I have successfully moved all of the folders except one from G: drive to D:. One folder starts transfering and when it gets to the end it says "Operation was Ended by User". The files actually transferred to D: and are on both G: and D:. The Library still shows as G:. I think the problem is because there is a corrupt file in the folder. During the transfer process, when it prompts me I hit "Skip" so that it bypasses trying to transfer the corrupt file, but the problem exists. Is there a work around so that the Library points to D: instead of G:? Thanks,

Answer:Moving Files to Different Hard Drive

Got it solved. My G: drive had some corrupt sectors to it. I ran CHKDSK and it corrected them and I was able to move the file with no problems.

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I have a lot of unused space on my second harddrive and I would like to free up space .I want to transfer some programmes from drive C to drive D . I did try to copy some and i got the message that some programmes might not work and when I moved them some of them didn`t work. can anyone tell me the correct way

Answer:moving programmes to other hard drive

Uninstall the programs and then reinstall them but choose a custom install and you will be able to change the installation path to your D: drive.

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