That's a strange request. Newer laptops don't boot from older disks with older OS'es, even if they physically fit (the usual 2.5" SATA disk will fit, presumably). What's the purpose of the whole operation?
I need to find a laptop that will accept my hard drive from my 5 yo laptop. How can I determine whether my drive will fit into the body of a different machine before buying it? I don't want to set it up as an extra drive; I want to replace it temporarily with my old hdd.
I don't know much about the chromebook, but if possible, I would consider one of them - the price is the biggest issue.
Thanks in advance for whatever advice you can offer.