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Swapping drive between two different model dell


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#1 dannieboiz

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:19 PM

Got a Dell 6400, I got a replacement Dell 6410 completely different hardware coming from a P8300 to a Core i5. Simply swapping drive won't boot. Is there a way I can make this work w/o having to reinstall the OS. Both Machines comes with OEM WIn 7 Pro license so I wouldn't have any issue activating Windows again if I have to. Just the drag of all the applications and settings I have to go through again. 

 

FWIW: I have acronis with universal restore. I have not tried it yet but any help is greatly appreicated. 


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:38 PM

Try an in place upgrade. BTW welcome to BC



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:37 PM

in place upgrade won't work because you actually have to start the install from windows and not boot from the disc/usb



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:21 PM

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/installing-reinstalling-windows#1TC=windows-7



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:24 PM

let me try again with my Win 7 Pro disc, I used my WIn 7 ultimate but that didn't go to well.  :bubbles:



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 10:37 PM

1. Along with the OS, there are hardware specific drivers that get installed as part of, or after, the OS is running. Systems with a restore partition, or with restoration media usually include those drivers as part of the restoration. If you are trying to install a new OS, you will need the manufacturer's driver set for that machine.

2. Because of the differences in hardware and the motherboard chipset, trying to boot on a disk from a different computer will almost always fail (see above). Occasionally the basic setup will be sufficiently similar that the disk will boot, but the OS will do a lot of "Found New Hardware" driver searches to try to make it work - which it sometimes actually will. Usually that means the same or similar CPU and chipset family.

3. If it failed to boot at all, it might be so simple as the BIOS not being set up to boot on that disk, especially if you have a UEFI BIOS installed. UEFI is pretty fussy.
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Posted 20 February 2014 - 11:12 PM

For a fresh install of Windows, drivers are available from Dell here:

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/Product/latitude-e6410

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 11:46 PM

I gave up on it and went ahead and reinstall Windows. :P A little more work but's probably necessary to get rid of all the crap that accumulate over the years. 






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