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Need to transfer hard drive from HP that doesn't turn on.

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#1 EarlyComA


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 01:23 AM

I have an HP laptop that isn't working right now. I can't get if to turn on at all. I want to get a new laptop but I want to transfer my hard drive somehow from the old laptop to the new one but don't know how. 

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 02:02 AM

If the new laptop has provision to fit two hard drives, you can simply fit up the old hard drive, reformat it and use it for storage (assuming it is not so old that it has IDE interface instead of SATA). Since not a lot of laptops have such capability, an external USB enclosure is not expensive, and enables a second HDD to be easily used.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:26 PM

FWIW:  I may be wrong...but "transfer" implies to me that you may intend to simply move the drive from one system to another...and use the Windows and programs installed on it.


The only way that can happen is that the two computer systems have the exact same components.  The license for Windows on the new system will be different from the license on the old system, the drivers will be different, the hardware components will be different.  All of these things are reflected on the hard drive currently in the old system.


Before I did anything with that hard drive...I'd run an appropriate hard drive diagnostic on it before using it for anything. 



Edited by hamluis, 24 May 2014 - 03:28 PM.

#4 Mistersprinkles


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:33 PM

All you need to do to transfer your files to the new computer is take the hard drive out of the old laptop, put it in something else (an external enclosure, your desktop, etc, and copy the contents (excluding things you shouldn't be copying like system files and windows itself, which you will not need) to the new laptop's hard drive, or to an external drive, or to a USB thumbstick, or burn them to a few dvds, etc. You get the idea.


Honestly, I'm surprised you're even asking this question as the answer is quite obvious.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:36 PM

Honestly, I'm surprised you're even asking this question as the answer is quite obvious.

Here is something else that is obvious: If he knew how he would not be asking HOW to do it.

People have differing levels of technical expertise. Don't know something? Then ask questions.

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