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Hard Drive Format failure?


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#1 Matthewap44

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 06:00 PM

So my friend got a new computer from his friend and he put it together,  got it running and tried reformating the hard drive but the dvd- rom didnt work so i took his hard drive and put it in my computer reformatted it for him and ran a windows 7 64-bit installation disc and it installed correctly and booted up. well when i put his hard drive back into his computer it goes to the windows 7 blue loading screen and then instantly restarts and goes to a screen saying start up normally or launch windows repair system. i took the hard drive back out and put it in my computer and it loaded up fine. Could something be wrong with his ram or cpu?



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Posted 19 January 2015 - 06:04 PM

Hi Matthewap44 :)

You cannot install Windows on a HDD on a computer, then move it to another one, with different hardware and expect it to work. See my explanation here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/563755/new-build-windows-7-on-old-hd-workingcan-i-format-drive/#entry3600901

You'll have to install Windows on the HDD directly from your friend's computer. If the CD/DVD-ROM isn't working, you can always create a USB bootable installation media :)

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 10:59 PM

Aura, a lot depends upon what the seller included with the new computer, correct?  Maybe the friend did not include any OS?  If that's what happened, the only solution would be to purchase either an OEM OS or Microsoft "blue-disk" OS.  I'm so old I remember the earlier Windows were somewhat "borrowable" [not supposed to be "loaned!"]   Not anymore.  One computer, one OS.


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Posted 20 January 2015 - 06:27 AM

Hi Roland, no it doesn't. No matter how you install the OS, with which copy, what product key (licence), etc., if you install an OS on a HDD inside a computer, then move it to another one with different hardware, you'll encounter driver compatibility issues, since the drivers installed on Windows on Computer #1 will be different from the drivers on Computer #2 and it can make Windows unable to boot. The issue right now isn't the product key, but the fact that Windows didn't boot when the HDD it was installed on was switched from a HDD to another, and I just explained why :)

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