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swapping hard drives (not a connotation)

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#1 Muffalugagus


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Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:21 AM

This is a piece of junk, (compaq presario AMD-E350 1.6 GHZ -3GB RAM) it's new & slow just opening Firefox; so I'm thinking of pulling the hard drive & putting it in an older computer. What problems could I expect? The drivers for chipset, etc are stored in the bios on the motherboard right? And I would be using the onboard vga for the graphics; so I should be able to just swap the hard drives & get with it, right?


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Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

The drivers are always loaded into windows and not the bios.

The windows on the hard drive would most likely only blue screen due to the hardware being different.

You need to do a little research on how to move a windows to different hardware. There are processes but they require the donor computer to be working.

Good luck

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:36 PM

If all you want to do is to repurpose the hard drive, you may want to format the drive before moving it to another PC. Drivers and the operating system may be on the old drive and could cause problems if the computer is old and tries to boot from it.



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