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HDD image transfer?


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#1 stghm

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 09:01 PM

I have a 40GB hard disk lying around, and I'm planning on building a computer, but I can't buy every component at once, so I was thinking I could put Windows 7 on that HDD and while it's in one computer, and then put it in the new one before I can buy a different hard disk and an optical disc drive?

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:37 PM

If you want to know if you can put Windows 7 on a HD while it's in a computer & then transfer it to a new computer without reinstalling the answer is probably not.

With XP & below that would work sometimes.
With Vista & 7 I have never heard of anybody transplanting a HD with the OS with success.

You have to keep in mind when you install Windows all of the drivers & componenys are installed in the registry.
When you move a HD to a unit with a totally different motherboard nothing matches up .
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 01:23 PM

Somewhat related reading:

Intel® Application Accelerator - Moving a Hard Drive to a New Motherboard - http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/iaa/sb/cs-009290.htm

Moving XP to new MB or Computer - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

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