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Changing hard drive ?

by mili0 / April 1, 2015 11:10 PM PDT

Hello,I am new to this forum,

The hard-drive in my laptop is faulty and I would like to know if I can just take a hard -drive from another computer and install that in my machine - I much prefer to use the machine I am used to and so wonder if this will work even though they are different makes of laptop-would this work ?

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First of all laptops are 2.5"
by orlbuckeye / April 1, 2015 11:31 PM PDT
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and desktops are 3.5" but they do have brackets that allow a 2.5 laptop drive in a desktop. Your OS probably won't work correctly every PC/laptop has different components and those components have different drivers.

Morale to Story: Yes if you get but you will have to re format and install windows with you machines drivers. Those should be available OEM website. One thing OEM are slow to update drivers so the component from the components manufacturer may improve performance but the OEM drivers will get it to run.

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Yes
by RCF_Rose / April 2, 2015 8:51 AM PDT
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Yes, you can take a HDD from another laptop and install it in the one you prefer to use. However, you will have to format it and install the OS you have been using on your preferred machine.

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different computer different drivers
by renegade600 / April 2, 2015 10:27 AM PDT
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first of all, you can replace the drive with one from another computer as long as it is compatible. without knowing the full model of both laptops, there is no way to tell you for sure. if both are pretty new, then there should be no problems.

If you replace it, you must reinstall the os that actually came with the computer that you are installing the drive in. different computers, different motherboards, different drivers. It is usually easier just to reinstall since most likely you will not be able to boot from the drive. If for some reason you are able to boot, you will have the reinstall the os to prevent your os from being declared non -genuine by Microsoft. installed oem os can never be transfer to another computer.

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Hdd. and driver issue aside,
by Oldartq / April 2, 2015 1:08 PM PDT
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Microsoft says an OEM OS stays with the motherboard when first activated. So is the mobo the same or approved replacement? If not, then it's very likely not going to work.

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Solved...thanks.
by mili0 / April 2, 2015 5:58 PM PDT
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Hi and thanks to all who have given me a clearer picture of what I need to do.

Cheers,

mili0

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