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Transferring hard drive into lap top

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#1 darkchild101


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Posted 28 November 2013 - 11:40 AM

My gfs laptops hard drive stopped working. Infact the laptop stopped working. It starts up fine but midway through loading windows it just freezes. I suspected hard drive and so took the dard drive out and replaced it with hard drive from my laptop and it started fine though we didnt try to connect to internet

We then replaced the hard drive with another hard drive she was given by her sister (hard drive from sister was working) and it starts fine but when i try to connect to internet it asks me to isntall drivers for ethernet and other things

Where do i get these drivers as she no longer has disc that came with the laptop. Desperate


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:31 PM

When you take a hdd with a Windows operating system installed from the computer it was originally installed on and install it 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 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 you may not be able to start Windows. 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 change 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.
Please post the manufacturer of her hdd.  I will provide you with a link to a website which will have a DOS diagnostic image which you will burn to a disc and then boot from it to run a diagnostic test on the hdd.

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