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#1 Daale7905

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:35 PM

I have a hard drive in a HP desktop computer (Pavilion a350n) using Win 7 that is not booting properly to the Win 7 operating system.  It does boot into the Safe mode with networking and I can access most programs and documents and get into and use the Internet OK.

 

I have another HP desktop computer (Pavilion a1612n) with Win 7 and was wondering if I can simply install the hard drive that does not boot properly into the good working computer as a second hard drive. Then my thinking goes that I wouldn't have to try to solve the 'non-booting' issue with the drive that doesn't boot properly.  

 

Any comments/suggestions/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:40 PM

Please format that transplant HD as soon as possible - because the receiving computer's Windows is not going to react well to a detected 2nd OS.

 

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"...I can simply install the hard drive that does not boot properly into the good working computer as a second hard drive..."   I thought thread starter was going to make the source computer's problem HD into a 2nd data HD in the receiving 2nd computer.  My error.


Edited by RolandJS, 11 January 2017 - 05:10 PM.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:56 PM

Don't format anything...that is not the way to proceed.

 

Since you can boot into the a350n in safe mode, that would seem to indicate a driver problem or something else that should be worked on first., rather than assume...that the drive is the problem.

 

I believe that you are under an erroneous assumption that you would have access to programs installed on the a350n if you went ahead and installed the drive in a totally different system.  If so, that is a wrong assumption.  You cannot move a boot drive from an OEM system to another system by same OEM or any other OEM...the terms of use by the system manufacturer would be violated...the drivers and settings for systems are different...licenses, settings, and drivers for OEM systems are for that specific system only.

 

Let's take a look at the troublesome system.  Place the proper hard drive back in the system and boot into safe mode with networking.  Then...

 

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 
Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

   Go to Piriform's website, and download the free version on the left.  Click Download from Piriform.com (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version. You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.

    After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
 
     Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
 
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     Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot.

     Click Yes > then Copy to Clipboard

Now, once you are back in the forum topic you are posting in, click the ADD REPLY or REPLY TO THIS TOPIC button. Right-click in the empty space of the Reply box and click Paste. Then, click Add Reply below the Reply box.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:59 PM

"...I can simply install the hard drive that does not boot properly into the good working computer as a second hard drive..."   Hamlius, I thought he was going to make the source computer's problem HD into a 2nd data HD in the receiving 2nd computer.  My error  :)


Edited by RolandJS, 11 January 2017 - 05:00 PM.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 09:10 AM

Many thanks for the prompt responses.  I will have to take some time to digest the detailed response from Louis and will attempt to carry out the process. I truly am impressed with the rapid responses to posts here on BC, and the quality of them.    






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