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New computer old harddrive

by WhySsoSseriouss / May 3, 2013 5:45 AM PDT

I just bought a new computer today and I wanted to just take the harddrive that is in it out and put my in and load up. I entered my HD in the computer and plugged it up and everyone and ran the computer and it started up with both of the hard drives running and accessible but the other HD was the boot one. So i restarted the computer and attempted to change the boot to my old HD. It starts up and gets to the black windows screen and as soon as the little flying dots (lights) or whatever you want to call them begin it crashes to a blue screen and instantly restarts. I tried start up repair but it didn't seem to make it any better.

Does anyone have any idea as to what it is i'm running into and how to fix it?

Thank you

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Well discussed. Windows I assume?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2013 6:01 AM PDT
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by WhySsoSseriouss / May 3, 2013 6:07 AM PDT

It's windows 7 operating system. But i'm not changing out the mother board just the hard drive on the system.

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You can't move a boot drive to another PC
by wpgwpg / May 3, 2013 6:29 AM PDT
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In all likelyhood, when you try to move a hard drive with Windows on it to another PC and boot from it, it's not going to work because of driver incompatibilities. Even in the rare event it did boot, you wouldn't be able to activate it because big brother at MS knows it's licensed to a different computer. You can use the drive for data, but you can't move it and expect to boot from it.

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Putting your HDD in another PC is changing the board.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2013 8:28 AM PDT
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At least you know why it didn't work.

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Improper drivers and a lot of work...
by techwizardsolutions / May 4, 2013 2:31 AM PDT

So you put the hard drive from the old computer as the master drive and attempted to boot the computer and get a blue screen. WPGWPG gave the correct answer for cause of this, it is invalid drivers that is causing this problem. In order to get it to work you may be able to log into safe mode delete the drivers and reinstall the proper ones though this method is hit and miss and usually always more trouble than its worth. As for the reference to the Windows being licensed to another computer, that is a simple fix as the new computer has a sticker on it with the key for the proper license for that computer, simply re-register with the proper key and that is taken care of. The problem of the drivers remains.

I would recommend doing a backup of your critical data and files and then reinstalling Windows on the drive you want as your main drive. The best method for doing this would be to put the original hard drive the computer came with back as your main drive. Use the program or method provided by the computer manufacturer if it is a name brand computer to create restore media. Once you have the restore CD's or USB and you have save all of the data from your old hard drive, reinstall that old hard drive and do a system restore which will install a fresh copy of Windows and all of the proper drivers for that computer.

You can also use cloning software to clone the original hard drive to the older hard drive which will also copy over the hidden restore partition if available as long as the older hard drive is large enough to allow for the clone.

Hope this helps...

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