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Want to replace new laptops HDD with old HDD to boot from


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#1 JmanHiggs31

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 04:24 PM

I have two laptop and I busted my newest ones Hard Drive by a messed up Linux Mint installation. I would like to replace my new laptops Hard Drive with my Old laptops Hard Drive which is still functioning fine and has Linux installed on it aswell. I know how to remove and insert the HDDs for both of these machines but how do I actually make the old laptops Hard Drive function in my new laptop. I am also not sure how to access my New laptops BIOS because it came pre-installed with Windows 8 which is no longer accessible. I also don't care which OS I have to install be it Windows or Linux. I also don't care if I lose any personal data as it is already backed up in my Google Drive, any help is very much appreciated and I will provided any other details if need be.

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Justin 

 

Old Laptop = Acer Aspire One D270-1895 (Still Working Hard Drive)

New Laptop = Lenovo G505 (Non-Working Hard Drive)

 

Also can I access my BIOS on boot if I format my New Laptops Hard Drive?

 

 



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 08:04 PM

Is it really necessary to swap the drives? If you have a Windows installation disk and can boot from it I'd expect that you can reformat the messed up drive and reinstall either operating system.

 

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 09:59 PM

Overall, no it is not necessary to swap drives. I was given the laptop from a friend a little while ago and he didn't provide an Windows Installation disk and I didn't bother to ask for one. I will ask for one from him and assuming he has it what would the steps to reformat the drive and reinstall the operating system?

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Edited by hamluis, 31 March 2015 - 02:43 PM.
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Posted 29 March 2015 - 01:14 PM

Justin,

If the laptop sees the installation disk it will display a menu and you can follow the steps. This should be true with a Windows disk or a Linux installation disk. The first goal s to get you a clean HDD so you can install the operating system of your choice and the programs you want.

With access to an operational computer you can also download a utility called wipedisk which can be burned to a CD and will clean everything off the HDD.

 

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 03:35 PM

OK Thank You very much,

I will give it a shot later tonight and I'll let you know whether or not it works!

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Edited by hamluis, 31 March 2015 - 02:44 PM.





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