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Upgrading a HP Pavilion 6545c hard drive


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#1 kcguru

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 06:18 PM

I have an older HP Pavilion 6545c that came with a 13gb hard drive. That hard drive has bad sectors, runs slow, and, well, it's only 13 gb. I have a 40gb hard drive in another computer that I am using. The computer is older than the HP 6545c but the 40gb hard drive is newer and bigger than the 13gb in the 6545c. My question is this... is it possible to put the 40gb into the HP 6545c while still keeping the data that is currently on the 40gb hard drive or will I lose everything on both computers?

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 06:36 PM

Do you mean keep the OS on it also?
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 07:51 PM

Is the 40 gig out of another laptop?

You will be able to keep the data on the 40 gig, but unless it is out of another HP pavillion 6545c, there are going to be driver compatibility issues, and some of the hardware may not work properly. In order for everything to work properly, you will need to install all of the proper drivers for the new hardware, and uninstall the drivers for the old hardware, and hpe that there are no conflicts while doing so.

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 09:24 PM

Both computers are desktop pcs, both are hp pavilions as well.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 12:18 AM

When you take a hdd with a Windows OS installed on it that you have been using on one computer and then install it as a master in another computer you are asking for major problems. The excerpt below is from a Intel article which describes in detail what happens. The article also mentions a reference to an article by Microsoft, it can be seen here .

"Moving a hard drive with Windows* 2000 or Windows XP* already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer and you may not be able to start Windows. This is documented in Microsoft's knowledge base article. This is true even if you move the hard drive to a motherboard with the same chipset, as different hardware revisions can cause this issue as well.

Additionally, moving a hard drive to a new motherboard may not exhibit any errors until you install new IDE drivers. This is because each chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you move your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error."


Alternatively, the method below can be tried, but I would back up all of your important files to removable media like CDs, DVDs, Flash drives, or a second hdd.

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 01:19 PM

Both computers are running Windows 98se, if that changes anything. Would it just be easier to purchase an external hard drive and copy the files I want from the 40gb on to it and then use it with the 6545c?

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:26 PM

Both computers are running Windows 98se, if that changes anything. Would it just be easier to purchase an external hard drive and copy the files I want from the 40gb on to it and then use it with the 6545c?


Actually, yes it would
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