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Can I take a HDD from 1PC and put in another?

by tailee / May 4, 2009 5:07 AM PDT

I am wondering if I can take the HDD out of my old emachine C2825 120gb and put it in my Compaq presario S4020WM. Will be compatible? Is it fairly easy to do? I am upgrading the emachine and the presario will be my kids to use for internet mostly.
Thank you for any assistance

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Won't work . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 4, 2009 5:48 AM PDT

If it boots it'll error out. No drivers on the old drive for the new machine.

You can't just move a drive and expect it to work.

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Couldn't I wipe the HHD clean or ghost it?
by tailee / May 4, 2009 6:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Won't work . . .

Couldn't I wipe the HHD clean or ghost it?

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Wipe it clean? Sure.
by Coryphaeus / May 4, 2009 7:11 AM PDT

You can do a new install of your OS (you never said which one). You'll need drivers for audio, video, etc.

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Back to if the HDD will be compatible,please.
by tailee / May 4, 2009 7:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Wipe it clean? Sure.

Sorry, I will break it down better. Here is what I would like to do. I have a emachine C2825 120gb that I am upgrading to a bigger hard drive. I would like to take the 120gb HDD and put it my compaq presario S4020WM. I want to clone the presario's old HHD to the 120gb after I have wiped the 120gb clean. Is this possible?

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Yes . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 4, 2009 8:23 AM PDT

now that you've explained it, that will work.

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Thank you so much!
by tailee / May 4, 2009 8:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes . . .

Thank you so much. I really appreciate your time and assistance. What is your recommendation on cleaning the HDD? What do you think of copy commander?

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I've never used . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 4, 2009 10:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you so much!

3rd party cloning software. If the hard drive is a Maxtor, go to the site and download the Max Blast cloning software (free). If either drive is a Seagate do the same for Disk Wizard.

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Thanks again.
by tailee / May 5, 2009 8:44 AM PDT
In reply to: I've never used . . .

I am going to give this a shot. Hope all goes well.

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