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Swapping hard drive on HP Minis (2102/110-1025DX)

Q: Swapping hard drive on HP Minis (2102/110-1025DX)

I have two HP Minis; a 2102 and a 110-1025DX. Both are running Win 10 Pro, and have similar programs loaded. For a few reasons I would like to be able to swap the hard drives between these two devices, but I'm not sure how feasible that would be. My questions are:Would the Win 10 Pro OS be recognized by the new devices? Could I simply change the Product Key after swap to "force" an acceptance?Drivers: I do not know how the drivers might be loaded. They both use HP Assistant, could I simply run that to load the best drivers?The "detail" issue here is my MS Office programs; one of my main goals is to move Office 2010 Pro Plus to the other Mini, but I have lost the installation media. I've been told Office 2010 Pro Plus cannot be downloaded from MS like other Office products.Anything that I'm missing?Thanks in advance for help on this question.

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I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Swapping hard drive on HP Minis (2102/110-1025DX)

If both laptops are licensed to run Windows 10 i.e. are "activated" you should be able to swap the hard drives. Windows 10 is activated by Microsoft servers and they should recognize that the transplant host (I will use donor and host to refer to the original computer that had the hard drive and the computer where it ends up, respectively) is OK to run Windows 10. Just to be sure I would have the Key for the host handy but you should not need to use it. Drivers will likely not be an issue as netbooks all are essentially the same hardware. If you are worried, drivers for the host system are held in a C:\swsetup folder on the hard drive which you could copy to use if needed in the host system after transplant. The issue is the activation of the Office program. I am not as familar with how its licensing and activation works but I think there may be a copyright or EULA issue with what you are trying to do. You can buy MS Office 2010 Pro Plus for not much cost: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-office-2010-Pro-Plus-licence-Key-download-link-digital-Edition-/152244963867?hash=item237281ca1b:g:6xwAAOSwLnBX3Qgk http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Office-2010-Professional-Plus-Full-version-For-32-64BIT-D-L-KEY-/262623934769?hash=item3d259b3931:g:AwgAAOSwQNRXME2X

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I have a s10 netbook with a 160 gb 5400 rpm hard drive. I would like to put a 250 gb 7200 rpm hd. Problems?

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Not that I can see as you have a 160GB one in at the moment.. Best check the vendors website first tho.

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Just wondering...

I built a computer today with spare parts and installed Windows 7 but didn't activate it yet.

I like the look of this new computer and the mobo and cpu are newer and faster than my old windows 7 desktop and was wondering if I could uninstall the drivers on my new and old computers and swap the hard drives.

Older computer is obviously activated and I don't want to reformat the drive, I put the key into the new one, but didn't activate it yet.

What do you think?

Thank you!

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This is where I'm at.

I am writing this on a new build PC with Win 7 RC installed.

The problem benig I installed a small spare HD, I have got so involved in learning Win 7 and liking what I'm seeing that I got it set up great but the HD is not the one I want to use.

My other internal HD of an other PC is much larger and the one I wish to use.

I don't know how/the procedure in transferring my settings files, folders from the small to the larger HD.

I have every single folder, file, emails and so on backed up on an external HD, so once larger internal HD is up and running I could restore/transfer my files/folders/e-mails/favorites that way but what about settings.

The larger HD as yet does not have Win 7 RC installed and this will have to be done first.

I do not wish to partion the larger HD yet.

There are possible several effective ways to transfer everything, settings and so on from the small to the large but need the procedure explained, simple works best with me.

Or would it simply be best to install Win 7 on big HD and then transfer/restore, files,folders and so from the external back up HD.

A:Swapping a hard drive

I'm using Acronis True Image and save my systems as a backup image in my external HDDs.

Using Acronis ... I can recover/build a new or spare HDD from my backup images.
I can even partition the HDDs as I build them up.

I haven't tried to Clone a HDD yet in W7

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I have always heard that you cannot just pull a hard drive from one machine and put it in another, expecting it to boot like normal without reinstalling the OS, yet I have never tried this. Is it possible to do this? The OS is XP and the old machine was custom built, while the new machine is Dell hardware.

Here are more details if you are interested: my wife's computer is a custom built computer running XP Pro. I am fairly confident her motherboard has failed or at least the PCIe slots are bad. I believe this to be the case because several months ago the computer wasn't appearing to boot, yet you could hear and see the hardware working (drives, fans, etc.). I moved the video card to a new slot (PCIe) and the computer booted perfectly. It has run fine since then. Now the same problem appears to be happening again. I don't have another PCIe slot (or AGP, only PCI), but I have tried moving the video card back to the old slot and using a video card from a new computer, but neither worked. I have also tried the old video card in a new computer and it worked fine. Last, I have installed the old ram in another machine and it works fine.

All that being said, I am not confident that my assumption is correct, but it seems as if the motherboard has either partially or totally failed. I do not believe the hard drive is bad and the computer ran fine until this happened. The problem I have is that there is a piece of software on the old machine for which I do not have the ... Read more

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Hey Guys, i need some help or a guide here. i have a notebook computer hard drive 250GB, i think its that. and i wanna load on windows 7 starter using a desktop. how do i go about doing that?
Thank you...

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That`s not how you install Windows, you need a Windows 7 install dvd or you need to create a flash drive installer.

If you do not own Windows 7 Starter and an activation key, you will have to buy it somewhere.

You should at least install Windows 7 Home Premium, not Starter.

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I have two computers and I'm trying to swap their hard drives. Is there any procedure that I can follow without loosing what I have on both computers. I've tried the shortcut and it was asking for me to activate the key online, which is kinda weird. Is there anyway to do it. Please HELP!!!!

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i have a 20 gig hard drive in my del computer and i am upgrading to a 80 gig hard drive. now with my 20 gig hard drive can i format it and put it into my older del cpu. will it work or do i need to partition it.


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I have bought an 80 gig HD. I currently have a 12 G HD and would like to use the 80 Gig as my main drive and the 12 G as the backup slave. Is there a simple way to transfer the files from one hd to the other? There are certain files/programs that I do not want to transfer to my new HD from the old one.

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I don't see what your problem is. Fit the new 80gig as master, change smaller drive to slave (by setting the jumpers on back of each drive -- new drives are usually set as master by default). Now install Windows on new drive. When Windows is running, go to My Computer, open separate Windows for each drive, click on the files you want to move and 'drag' them over to the new drive. Or use 'copy/paste'

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Hey there,

My sister and I have agreed to swap hard drives, because she has a 144gb one and uses about 40gb, and i have an 80gb one and only have a few gb's remaining! Trouble is, i'm not a hard drive buff, and need help. This is how I was planning to carry this out, but I don't know if it will work.

1) Move all my docs onto my sisters PC via network - DONE
2) Reformat my hard drive and reinstall Windows
3) Move all my stuff and sisters stuff onto my hard drive from her PC via network
4) Reformat my sisters hard drive and reinstall Windows
5) Swap hard drives
6) Get all my stuff back from my sisters computer (who now has my old hard drive)

I thought this would work, but then my friend said something about not being able to swap hard drives because of problems with drivers, and me needing to do a load of things in safe mode etc.

Can anyone here help me with this?

A:Need some help with hard drive 'swapping'.

Why don`t you just swap computers with your sister ? You can also buy 40GB drives for under 50$.

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I have 3 hard drives in my system, two 30GB and a 120GB.
The 120GB is SATA, so I'm not even touching that one.
The two 30GB drive are both IDE, and I want to swap out one of those with a 120GB IDE drive....
I cleared the drive that I want to swap out, but I'm just not sure which one it is hardware wise. In disk management, I have 3 drives listed,
disk 0, which is the one I want to stay,
disk 1, whih is the one I want to swap out,
disk 2, the 120GB SATA.

So, I cleared all the data off of disk 1, which is the one I want to swap, so how do I know which one I have to change hardware wise. Which drive on the IDE cable is it?

If someone can help me out, I would appreciate it!

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Hi All

I have a new PC, so I have decided to donate my former system to my brother. I am keeping my former 120GB HDD, and so have put his former HDD (a 2001 Maxtor 80GB HDD) into the former PC.

The BIOS is detecting the new hard drive, but I'm getting the blue screen of death when turning the PC on (after getting the option of booting in safe mode - though whatever mode I boot in is ineffective). While reformatting wouldn't be too much of a hardship, I'd rather not do it - can anyone here suggest any solutions to the problem?

Thanks in advance for any help! (And apologies if this is in the wrong place!)

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Which system won't detect which drive? Also, what interface are the drives (SATA, IDE, etc.)?

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Is it possible to get info off of one hard drive and put it on another hard drive?

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My hard drive on computer 1 just died. So I'm planning on taking the hard drive from computer number 2, and implement it into computer 1. The thing I worry about is computer number 2 runs on Windows Vista where as computer number 1 runs on Windows 7. With no hard drive at all on computer 1, since it is corrupted and gives me BSOD, can I successfully use the hard drive on computer 2 for my computer 1 without any compatibility issues? Please list all the bad possible consequences, or it will be excellent.

A:Solved: Hard drive swapping help!

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I have a DELL with Windows XP (SATA) that is locked in a continuous boot cycle.
I also have a perfectly healthy SATA hard-drive that is internet-ready and pre-loaded with Windows 7.
It is my understanding that the "brains" of the computer are within the hard-drive.
Can I just swap the good Win-7 hard-drive into the Win-XP computer and everybody live happily everafter ?


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Can I just swap the good Win-7 hard-drive into the Win-XP computer and everybody live happily everafter ?Click to expand...

No, the software on the harddrive will be setup for the hardware on the PC and so unless the PC is identical in specification and hardware , would not work

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Hi, Ive done this before with a desktop PC. I installed windows 7 on one desktop then transfered the hard drive to another PC and it automatically installed the drivers and worked fine.

Just tried to put my laptop hard drive into another laptop and it wont work. are there any fixes because i cant work out this start up repair thing.

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You can try to repair the installation. The problem is Windows 7 loads a lot of drivers,

Actually I could be getting ahead of myself, what happens when you try?

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I have a HP dv8000 laptop. It has windows XP. It works fine. The COA# sticker on the machine and the COA# the fellow I bought it off of gave me does not match up. The machine looks like it has been through the war, dented case, well worn, etc. I purchased another HP DV8000 off e-bay, for $40. It looks like new. The person said the hard drive and ram had been removed for security reasons. Question? If I transfer the hard drive and ram to the new computer will it work? And if not, and it asks for a COE# which one do I install and will microsoft provide a new # if I have to call them. Second question: If It wont work. Could I purchase another hard drive and make a restore disc on the old computer and would it transfer the windows operating system to the new computer without purchaseing a new copy of windows xp? Last question: How do I locate the actual COE# on my operating system to see if it matches the COA# sticker on the machine?

A:Solved: Swapping hard drive

In your first post here: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/1054309-installing-windows-xp.html you mentioned an HP dv8000 that you bought from a flea market, that won't activate, and apparently there is a problem with the CD key. I assume this is the same computer, and now you want to move its hard drive to the ebay computer?

To answer your question "If I transfer the hard drive and ram to the new computer will it work?", the answer is maybe if it is a retail copy, and no if it is almost anything else; so we need to find out more information about the copy of Windows first. Click this link: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 to download and run MGADIAG on the dV8000, then copy and paste the log it creates here.

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i have a 20 gig WD hard drive..the motor died....the arm didn't touch the plate...so its still good.
it was just a storage drive.
is it possible to install the plate into another drive?
this would be a one time deal...just to get the info off the plate.

A:swapping plate in hard drive?

If you are very careful and do it in a dust free environment you might be able to get it to work enough to get the data off. You'll need to use the same model drive to swap parts with in order to do it though, and unless it is crucial you get the data, its not going to be worth the hassle since you will likely destroy two drives in the process.

Its usually easier to change the board out, which may be the defect part anyway, rarely does the motor itself die.

I do this sort of thing quite often and have a good bit of success, usually works long enough to get most of the data off the drive, which is good for the client and very good for my wallet

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I have a old computer running windows xp.
it has a pentium 4 1.8ghz and 256mb ram.
Can i put the hard drive with windows xp installed into my newer computer
its not that much newer it has a pentium d dule core 2.8ghz and 512mb ram.

can i swap the hard drives between computers
and is there anything i need to do to the drivers to make it run smoothley
any help would be appriciated

A:Swapping My hard drive from one computer to another

When Windows is installed on a computer, it takes a snapshot of the motherboard and chipset and loads drivers specifically for that motherboard. If you remove the HDD from that computer and put it into a different computer with a different motherboard and chipset, when you boot the computer, Windows will look for that previous chipset. If it can't find it, then it will BSOD or not start at all. You then need to do a Repair Install. It would be cleaner and easier if you just did a clean install of Windows to a bare drive.

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I'm almost positive it's okay, but I wanted to make sure, as I'm not too familiar with hard drives.

The hard drive in my friends Dell Inspiron 15R (M501R/M5010) needs to be replaced. I have access to an older HP pavillion hard drive with identical specs (SATA, 5400 rpm, 9.4mm/70mm, etc.). Before I spend a few hours taking apart the inspiron to get to the hard drive which is not easily accessible, I want to make sure the two hard drives are interchangeable, and that there won't be any HP vs. Dell compatibility issues.


A:Swapping out hard drive from HP to Dell

Looks like it should be OK.

You'll need to move the mounting adapter from the drive in the Dell to the replacement drive.

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Hello all,

I have 2 Sony Vaio's from new:

1. Model PCG - 8141L running Windows Vista Home Premium OEM. This laptop appears to have suffered a hard drive 'death' and cannot be rescued or booted even from 6 recovery disks supplied by Sony. Having taken to local, untrusted repair store, technician stated machine is perfect but needs new hard drive

2. Model PCG - 7154M running Windows Vista Home Premiium. This laptop runs perfectly (if very slow), but the battery and powerpack failed.

I have used the battery from Model 1 in to Model 2 and all works fine obviously.

My question is, could I take the hard drive from Model 2 here and install onto Model 1? (a far superior machine) I hae all Vaio recovery disks, but dont know if they contain what I need.

Thanks in advance!

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I have an HP laptop with no hard drive (was Vista). I took it out to put in an external enclosure and ended up losing it. Everything worked when I had the hard drive in it. I also have a HP compaq desktop (with XP). The hard drive from the compaq is the small type SATA, so it will physically fit in my laptop.

I want to get the laptop going again, so I am wondering what the best way to do this is. I have a set of recovery discs for the laptop which I made when I first bought it. Can I use these after I put the new hard drive in to just re install Vista? Or should I try to just see if I can boot up and run XP from the swapped hard drive?

A:Help with swapping in a laptop hard drive.

You should run the recovery discs once you install the replacement drive to reinstall the proper and licensed copy of Windows that belongs to that machine. You simply boot from the first disc in the set and it should begin the recovery wizard.

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Hello, My hard drive finally killed over on my main computer. My original plan was to buy another one, but coincidentally my mom just bought a new computer and said I could take the hard drives out of her recently replaced computer as she will no longer be using it.

One of the hard drives already has windows 7 installed on it, I am just wondering if when I put them in my computer will it require me to provide a license key? I am not sure if the license key for windows tethers to your mobo or the hard drive that windows 7 is installed on or what.

So will I be able to just install her hard drives in my computer and be good to go? Or am I going to have to go out and get myself a new license from Microsoft (or buy a new copy of windows, in other words) after I put them in my computer?


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I currently have a Dell 2400, P4 2.2 chip,about 1 year old, with an 80GB hard drive.

I just bought a Dell 3000, P4 3.0 HT Prescott, also with a 80GB hard drive.

Is it possible to just SWAP the two drives ? Please advise the level of difficulty please. The most difficult thing I've done hardware wise is install RAM and a CD-writer. Would it be as simple as those two things ?

I'm sure the motherboards are different if that's an issue/


A:Hard drive swapping questions please.

Mechanically, swapping the drives is the same as installing the CD drive (easy). You just need to make sure that the master and jumper settings on the drives are correct. You didn't say but since these are both Dell systems the drives probably have operating systems on them (WinXP?).

If so the systems may not boot with the new drive. You might get lucky, but probably not. I don't remember if Dells ship with full operating system CD's or just recovery discs. With XP there will also be a re-activation issue.

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The keyboard connector broke on my compaq desktop which is about five years old. I cannot access my hard drive now. The company told me the keyboard connector is part of the motherboard and I would have to install a new one. I do not want to do this if possible. Can I take this hard drive and hook it up to my HP desktop to access my files? There is only one bay for the hard drive that is already installed on the HP. What are your suggestions?

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Yes, if I understand what you want to do. Remove the drive, change it form master to slave as the second drive on the IDE cable and then in the BIOS have it recognized by setting to auto and boot up normally. That drive will now be accessible to remove all the files you have.
Remember that when you do this that drive will automatically become "D" moving your CD-ROM to "E" if you have a normal configuration to start with.

Once you copy all your files to the "C" drive you can format the old, now "D" drive and have it as more storage space.

Is that what you wanted?

EDIT: Sorry, just saw the part again about 1 drive bay. You can still do this with the drive laying out on the table then remove it afterward.

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Recently, my computer fried and I had to get another. I bought the exact same model, and since the hard drive was salvagable, I moved it from the old laptop to the new one. Now, my wireless is not working. I have tried installing the drivers, but it still says no connections are available. My modem and router are working fine...but for some reason, the wireless is not picking up on the laptop anymore.

windows 7 home premium, 64-bit
Laptop: Compaq Presario CQ56-115DX
Wireless card: Atheros AR9285

I've updated the drivers from the HP website...not sure what else to do? Any suggestions would be very, very helpful.

Oh and I tried connecting an external USB wireless connector and the laptop does not recognize this either. What is going on?

A:Wireless not working after swapping out the hard drive

Welcome to TSG, Frazzledme.

The wireless cards in laptops usually have a wire antenna that connects to the card, then up through the side of the monitor. While swapping the hard drive, you may have accidently disconnected the wire from the card.

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A friend has a computer that will not start up properly and she has given it to me to try to recover some files that she needs. Although I can't verify it yet I think that she has a virus or something - on start up it trys to connect to the net and when it can't it reboots.

She and I have the same make and model computers running Windows XP Home. My question is this: Can I pull her hard drive out and connect it as a slave on my computer so that I can access the files she needs? It seems like that should work, but I don't want to do something that would compromise my computer.

Thanks in advance,


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So My Hard Drive sounds like it is going. Every once in awhile it will do the whirring click click thing and freeze my computer. So i bought a new hard drive and was hoping just to copy my old one onto my new one.

I was told to use Norton Ghost, and did use it to copy my old hd to my new hd. However, in order to do that, i had to set my new hd as G Drive, my old one was C Drive.

Then when i unplug my old hard drive, and only have my new hard drive connected, Windows wouldnt boot up properly. So i was advised to do a windows repair, which reinstalled Windows on my new hard drive.

Ok.. So here is where the problems started..
When i start the computer using my New HD, designated as G drive, none of the programs work (including windows untill i did the repair).. and im thinking its because all their file paths are all C drive and the Hard drive is now G drive.

I dont know for sure that that is the problem.. but it is all i can come up with. I cant re-designate the new HD to C drive either because it wont let me change the letter designation on the core boot drive.

My question is this, If that does sound like the problem.. Is there anyway i can copy my old Hard drive, to my new hard drive.. and Have my new Hard drive set to C drive?

It seems to me, that if i could do that, it would make everything work. I could just swap out the hard drives, and it should work the exact same (In theory).

I ended up just putting my old hard drive back in, and disconnecting my new one to g... Read more

A:Solved: Hard Drive Swapping issues.

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To anyone that can give me advice:

- I have 2 PCS (HP Desktop Pavilions 7940 & 8860)
- I swapped my working 40GB Hard Drive from the 7940 into the 8860 (which had a 60GB Hard Drive previously)
- I also took out a 128mb ram card from 8860 and put in a 256mb ram card from the 7940 (the 8860 now has two 256 ram chips)

Both systems were previously running Windows XP, though the 8860 was previously Win ME, but updated

I cleaned the 8860 with canned air, and added the ram and replaced the hard drive with the one I wanted to use in it.

When I turn on the computer, I get drive light flashes and both fans working but a BLANK SCREEN. The monitor goes into standby mode as soon as its connected to either the Aftermarket card or internal graphics card. When I disconnect the monitor from the PC I get the standard (Monitor not connected screen - so I know it is working)

I also have a rage 128pro graphics card that I have installed and taken out numerous times to test if it was the internal graphics that were not functioning, but got the same results.

Can anyone give me advice on how to troubleshoot this problem

A:Hard Drive Swapping With Blank Screen

the ram you took from one machine is probably not compaitable with the machine you put it in. Also you cant just swap hard drives that have an OS installed on them from one machine to another. you would either have to do a repair install or a clean reformat and reinstall of windows on those hard drives.

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I am wanting to replace the exsisting hard drive with a new one. I have a 2tb external hard drive that has the back up software on it. I want to back up the hard drive in the pc to the external hdd. And then take out the old hdd and install and format the new one and restore the OS and programs on the new one. Without loosing the recovery partition and the software that came on the PC out of the box.
Or could I use the HP recovery disks to install the original factory software and OS on the new hdd? I do not think recovery disks will work this way.

The new hdd is a WD Caviar Black 1 TB.

The computer is as follows:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 830 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 7927 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4200, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 941810 MB, Free - 884876 MB; D: Total - 11955 MB, Free - 1469 MB;
Motherboard: FOXCONN, 2A92
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Need some help on swapping out hard drive on HP desktop

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I burned the ATI graphic chip on my Elitebook 8560p and planning to buy an identical notebook to start immediately with my old hard drive (win 7 pro 64).

Now I see I could purchase a QM-67 646966 UMA motherboard (Intel HD Graphics 3000) in substitution of the original QM-67 646967 discrete (Radeon HD 6470M) instead. Both are documented by HP for legit use in EliteBook 8560p computers.

Can I expect to start almost immediately with the new board or there are major problems related ie to BIOS setup, Win activation, video driver, etc?? Thanks a lot!

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Trying to figure out what is involved in changing hard drives in a new Atg 6420 laptop.
Im guessing I need to create a ghost image of current HD, but not sure how to.
Once that's done do you just install new HD and reinstall ghost. If someone could guide me through this or send me a link for a tutorial I would be greatful.
It doesn't seem like it should be that difficult.
Thanks, Owen

A:Swapping hard drive in dell 6420 Atg laptop

Easiest is to use free Macrium Reflect or the premium Acronis Cloning/Imaging App which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix. Clone over the old to new including MBR and Track 1, then unplug source HD and run Startup Repair if needed to start it.
Seagate Acronis cloning free util
WD Acronis free cloning app
Excellent manuals are available on the Downloads page.

You can also use Win7 backup imaging or one of those recommended above to save an image externally, then unplug the source HD and reimage only with the new HD plugged in.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

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Hello there,

I currently have a Dell Latitude E4310. It has an i5 520-M and a QS57 chipset.

I am buying a Dell Precision M4500, which also has an i5 520-M, but a QM57 chipset.

They both have Windows 7 64-bit Pro installed and activated, with COAs.

I would like to just swap the hard drives, programs and all, on these machines. Even though these are similar spec, and both Dells, I would expect some kind of activation issue.

Do Dells auto-activate? If not, will I be able to re-activate using the COA on my new machine?

Many thanks,

A:Swapping hard drive between similar Dell Models

Are these Dell OEM licences? If so, you will not be able to do that as the licences are tied to the motherboard.

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Hi, With 16GB mSATA Solid State Cache Drive installed  on W530, is it advisable to replace HDD with SSD ? Will there be any impact on 16GB mSATA Solid State Cache Drive after replace ? like will it be useless or need to re-configure ? Thanks.  

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I have two 1TB drives, each containing 4 partitions, used for backing up 4 computers. These drives are regularly switched between buildings as part of our backup strategy, always having one off-site. I have assigned drive letters M,N,O,P to respective partitions. When I swap the drives, the drive letters get reset and have to be manually reassigned. I have tried several suggested methods of assigning the drive letters, including USBDM, but get no results.

Computers: HP Compaq 8200 Elite - CMT - 1 x Core i5 2500 / 3.3 GHz - RAM 4 GB - SSD 1 x 160 GB - DVD?RW (?R DL) / DVD-RAM - HD Graphics 2000 - Gigabit Ethernet - Windows 7 Professional 64-bit - Intel vPro Technology
Docking Stations: ICY DOCK MB877SK
Hard Drives: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

A:Drive letters change when swapping hard drives

Right you are using 2 different drives. Manually Assigning letter to one of them Restrict those letter from being used on the other. When you switch them out the letters have to be manually assigned again. That is how it is suppose to be. Windows Remembers each Drive serial # and or some other drive parameter and sees them as different drives, which they are.

The only way around it is to let Windows assign the letters automatically but that may not work on multiple systems if each of those system have different number of HDDs, Partition on the HDD and or different number of CD/DVD drives install in the systems.

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I have two HP Minis (2102 & 110-1025DX) that are both slow browsing the internet, but have very fast internet connection speeds. I have done all the "performance tips" possible I believe:Upgraded RAM to 2GB on both devices,Upgraded wireless adapters to "N" cards,Upgraded HDDs to 7200RPM,Adjusted Windows Advanced Settings to "Best Performance",Ensured all drivers are latest,Use Google Chrome, all extensions removed, "hardware eacceleration disabled, latest revision checked, cache cleared, etc. Microsoft Edge is even slower,Internet speeds (per Speedtest.net) average about 25-32Mbps download, 12Mbps uploadRun browser with no other open programs/apps,Tested processors (Intel Atoms) with Intel Diagnostic Tool, all "PASS",So I've been at a loss why web browsing is so slow. Some "simpler" web pages load okay (2-5 seconds) while a more graphic intense sight like the nfl site or YouTube takes 20-30 seconds to load. Sometimes even more. Even trying to scroll down a page causes buffering to start, and the wait can be the same 20-30 seconds or more. Is it that these Intel Atom processors simply can't handle the "work"? Perhaps the graphics can't handle the web pages? I do notice that the CPUs will max out at 99% when opening Chrome. But even when CPU settles down to less than 10%, web browsing is still very slow.I have other devices with (seemingly) lesser hardware, and they work fine. Even devices with "g" adapters, less CPU GHz, etc.browse normally. Why is... Read more

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Ok, a little weird replying to my own question, but I think I found something that may help others with this issue. I went into Device Manager>Network Adapters>"wireless" (depending upon your adapter)>Properties, then into Advanced using the Advanced tab.My Receive and Transmission Buffer settings were at "256"; I changed them to 512 (max allowed), clicked "OK". I also changed the "AdHoc Mode" to 11n from 11b. I then restarted the Mini 2102. I noticed an immediate web browsing speed increase. I would not call it blazing, but pretty close to what would be "normal" browsing speeds.The "Buffer" settings regulate and limit how much memory the network adapter can use. I noticed a jump in memory usage for Google Chrome, but the overall usage was at max about 60% of the 2GB installed.So far this has been the most dramatic performance increase for web browsing. Even more so  than upgrading the wireless card from "g" to "n:I hope this may help someone else with this issue. Let me know if it does help.

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I have an HP laptop, model 15-ba055sa. I also have an HP laptop, model 15-ba079sa.
If I take the hard drive from 055sa and put it in 079sa (having removed the hard drive already in there first), will the software, (eg Office etc) hard drive work in its new location the same as it worked in its old one?

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Processor Count: 4
RAM: 7113 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon(TM) R5 Graphics, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 914 GB (402 GB Free); D: 15 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: HP, 81F5
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First I need to say that I am unsure exactly which model my current laptop is but I'm fairly certain it is the inspiron 5521 (looks like this though, i15RM-5125sLV). I'm wanting to get a new computer as this one has been having trouble and is a bit banged up. Would I be able to swap my current hard drive with the hard drive of the inspiron 5000 series (Inspiron 15 5000 Non-Touch from dell website) or if that isn't possible trying to buy the same model and swapping those hard drives. I know that there may be problems with the drivers and possibly some software like Microsoft office, but how likely are those problems and will it even fit? Would backing up the current hardrive then recovering the backup on the 5000 series work? Sorry if this is long I'm just unsure about how it all works. Thanks.

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The other day one of my computers blew up, I think the processor overheated, but I can't be sure, it could have been the power supply. I need to take it somewhere to be fixed, the computer that blew was on a RAID MB and I want to try and take out one of the drives to put in another computer, so that before I take it to be fixed I can backup all the data on the hdd.

My question is will I be able to do this and have the other system which btw are both running WinME, will the other machine boot off the hard drive? (I don't really want to reformat, if I can get away with it) Could I install it as a slave? (don't know how to do this!)

Another option I could try would be to stick it in my Linux system and try to duel boot off it, does any1 know if Linux would accept this with data still on the hdd? (I will post about this in Linux forum if here it can't be solved.)

Thanks very much


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It will work fine as slave but probably not be successful as your boot drive unless the computer is exactly the same. Worth a try though. Windows might find the drivers and you will have to install things like the video driver that it will likely miss.

If It was part of a RAID 0 array you can’t do anything without the other drive though.

No problem with the slave. Just move the jumper to the S or SL or SLA position on the back of the drive. If it isn’t marked go to the manufacturer’s site – they usually have a diagram.

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I recently bought an IBM PIII at auction and I am currently running a DELL PII with Win XP...I tried just swapping the hard drive from the Dell to the IBM but it does not boot up...How can I get the hard drive toi work in the IBM machine?

Thanks for your help and time.

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I am trying to swap a harddrive from one laptop to another. The new laptop will not boot when I install the hardrive from my old laptop. I am trying to avoid rebuilding the harddrive when I swap it out. Is this possible?

Old Laptop:
Dell Latitude C600
O/S is WinXP Pro
PIII 733
256 MB mem

New Laptop:
Dell Latitude C640
P4 2.0
512 MB memory

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The hardware specs are too different for windows to boot normally, but if you have a windows XP cd you can boot from that and run the automated system recovery. It doesn't require reformatting, and other than the new drivers for changed hardware that you would have to reinstall anyways you won't have to reinstall your old software either.

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I have an HP Pavilion DV7 laptop that I am going to put an SSD into. There is nothing wrong with my current HDD, I just want a change and to play around a bit (haven?t had problems for so long it is getting boring). My daughter has an HP 2000 2b09WM laptop with Win 8 that is slower than a Commodore 64. It has only2GB RAM and a 5400 RPM HDD. My question is: can I use the 7200 rpm HDD as is with Win 7 in the HP 2000? If not, do I have to wipe it clean, clone and install?

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Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4092 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 Series, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 448 GB (397 GB Free); D: 17 GB (2 GB Free); E: 0 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 3639
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You cannot swap hard drives between a HP Pavilion dv7 series laptop and a HP 2000-2b09WM laptop which still contain their Windows operating systems and expect them to work.
You would need to reinstall the Windows operating system in the hard drive in the laptop that it's in.

What's the complete model number of that HP Pavilion dv7 series laptop?
What's the exact product number(P/N) on it?

Although we don't know how that second laptop was used and what's installed in it which may be affecting its speed and performance, one main reason why it has that problem is because of its very weak AMD E-300 1.30 GHz processor.
It came with only 2 GB of RAM, but it supports up to 8 GB.
Adding more RAM may help, but don't expect any great improvement.

The AMD Turion II M620 2.50 GHz processor in the first laptop is a much better performer, but it's still a low-end one.
That first laptop also has 4 GB of RAM, so I'm sure its speed and performance is a lot better than the second laptop.


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Hi all,

A friend of mine has an old machine with a 2gig hard which is completely full.

I've got a spare 4gb harddrive which I want to put in. Is it possible to either have them both running at the same time?

Or somehow copy the entire contents from the old drive to the drive one so I don't have to install everything?


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My Laptop's mother board crashed a few weeks back. I had a lot of programs installed in my hard drive. The hard drive works fine when I connect it to my desk top PC using a USB cable. My dilemma is that I can't use the installed programs as the drive names change when I connect them using the USB port. Is there anyway I can make my laptop's hard drive my primary drive on my PC? or is there anyway I can recover my installed programs by correcting the registry or something like that. Your help will be greatly appreciated.


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I just bought a new hard drive and want to put my old hd in my daughters computer, can be as simbple as just swapping them out?

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Depends on what you want to do. If you are willing to install Windows and all data from scratch on both computers then yes as long as the computer(s) support the hard drive sizes and types.

If you are interested in copying data over or using two hard drives in a computer then it gets a bit more complicated.

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I have two identical lap tops. The hard drive in one cannot be repaired. Is it possible to swap hard drives between the two?


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