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Using old HP laptop hard drive as an external drive

by rootchuck / April 22, 2013 6:05 AM PDT

We have an old HP Pavilion ZD7000 with XP Pro OS. AutoCAD ADT 2007 is on it, but the graphics card is shot. We want to buy a new HP Pavilion g7-2270us with Windows 8, put the old hard drive into an external drive case and plug it into the bus to run AutoCAD from there.
Autodesk doesn't talk to people and we don't want to spend $3900 to buy an upgrade for the old software, as we use it only for pleasure now (retired.)
Can we make this work? How?

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Doesn't work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2013 6:17 AM PDT

Apps (programs) no longer run when transferred like that. Why not do what you wrote but install AutoCad onto your new PC? I looked at ADT2007 and it does run on Windows 7 just fine.

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HP laptop and hard drive
by Danywaz / May 6, 2013 4:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Doesn't work.

Required on system what ever you want to add or discard from hard drive it work very nice thank you for tell us about hp laptop hard drive.

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by rootchuck / May 7, 2013 10:03 PM PDT
In reply to: Doesn't work.

Unfortunately, this reply didn't come in time to prevent us from buying a new laptop......with Windows 8!

It is incompatible with AutoCAD. We even paid at Geek Squad for them to install AutoCAD so that they would have better access to Autodesk for any problems. Unfortunately, the Geek didn't even read the incompatibility warning and sent it back to us with a "mission accomplished." When we called to say that AutoCAD was incompatible, he offered to return the installation fee, but noted that you cannot step back to Windows 7. So we have a $500 paperweight as far as doing cad is concerned. :<(
But thank you so much for responding! We appreciate the wisdom.

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Re: paerweight
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 7, 2013 10:12 PM PDT
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The situation is far from hopeless.

http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/downgrade_rights.aspx#fbid=1Y0g4itJG5U shows the right to downgrade to Windows 7 is included in Windows 8 Pro. So all you've got to do if you have Windows 8 Pro installed (you didn't tell the version) is to do that downgrade.
If you happen to have Windows 8 (not Pro) you must first do an anytime upgrade to Pro. Then go ahead.

If you feel you can't do it yourself, I'm sure the Geek Squad can.


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