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BSOD on Hard Drive swap

Q: BSOD on Hard Drive swap

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

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A: 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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i've got a thinkpad x230 with windows 10 installed.   i want to install linux on it whilst still keeping windows 10 in case i need it down the line. IS IT POSSIBLE a straight hard drive swap will do the trick?  if i just buy another SSD & put some linux flavor on it will i just be able to pull the old SSD (with windows 10 on it) out of storage in the future should i ever need it & have it work straight away?   or are things more complicated than that [ not interested in dual booting, etc.  too much of a pain.  nor installing VM software.  IF i can get a decent linux distro working i'll be using it as the main OS for a while ] cheers in advance for any suggestions, david

A:swap hard drive to swap OS?

Yes. Or you can also use disk image software (example, acronis true image) to create a copy of Win10. Next time you want get back to Windows, simply boot into disk image software and recover from image file.  

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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 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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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?

A: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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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.

A: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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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?
 

A: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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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.
 

A: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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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
 

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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, 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?  

A: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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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.
 

A: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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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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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

A: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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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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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 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?
 

A:Hard Drive Swap`

Wont work at all.
 

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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?
 

A:Hard Drive Swap

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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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.

A:Hard Drive Swap?

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

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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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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.
 

A:hard drive swap

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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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

A:swap out hard drive

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

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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?

A: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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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

A: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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So before I start let me just say I have basically no knowledge on computers. Anyway, so several years ago I bought a Yoga 3 that I used until it broke over Easter. I had to quickly get a replacement and because I was on a budget and I liked the touchscreen, size and convertability of my Yoga 3 I got a Yoga 310. However, the storage space on the 310 is kinda rubbish and since I still have the hard drive from old laptop I was wondering if I could put that in instead? Again I have no knowledge on computers beside using them so any advice would be good. Or do I have to buy an SD card.

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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.
 

A:Solved: Hard drive swap

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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

A: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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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.

A: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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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?

A: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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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?

A: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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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?
 

A: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 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?
 

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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

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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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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
 

A:Solved: Swap Hard Drive

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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?

A:Hard drive swap question

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

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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?
 

A:Solved: Hard Drive Swap

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

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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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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?
 

A: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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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?
 

A: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'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
 

A:Need help with a laptop hard drive 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 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?
 

A: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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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??
 

A: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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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.

A:Hard drive swap and activation

contact the people you bought your pc from

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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

A: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 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
 

A: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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