HDD from Toshiba machine in HP laptop

Due to some very bad advice about antiviruses somewhere else online, the motherboard of my Toshiba laptop got fried so badly that no computer repair shop could do anything with it. I was told that the only way to save the important files I had on the HDD was to put it in another computer. Only problem was that the old laptop was Toshiba and the new one is HP.

Since then, I have cleared up the antivirus issue, but the system keeps running absurdly slowly, using up all the disk space. I have so far tried:

- Turning off a bunch of Windows features.
- Getting rid of unnecessary desktop icons.
- Pruning startup programs.
- Defragging the hard drive.
- Cleaning the registry.
- Downloading updates.
- Running Revo and getting rid of bloatware.
- Uninstalling browser extensions I'm not using.
- Uninstalling stupid programs I don't need that came with the computer.

However, I notice that there's still a lot of Toshiba software that's not in Startup, but starts anyway without me telling it to. It wouldn't surprise me if the HP computer is not taking kindly to some of this stuff. So far, I haven't found much online about what to do when a hard drive from one computer is in another computer of a different make, so I can't tell which of these programs I can uninstall and which ones have to be there to avoid things getting even worse. Any ideas for how I can find out, please?

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Re: slow

Put the original HDD or SSD in that HP laptop again, put the HDD from your Toshiba in an external enclosure and copy what you need to the laptop.

The nice thing: you now have an external disk to use for backups, so'll never lose anything again!

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Might work for some people

Would be a good idea if I had that disk, but I don't: the guy in the computer shop put my HDD in the laptop and he kept the other disk.

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Back to the shop then.

Either get your old hard disk back (I hope he didn't format it yet to sell it to another customer) or buy a new one (or an SSD) to install Windows on. He should be able to tell you how to do that or do it himself.

Post was last edited on November 5, 2019 6:20 AM PST

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