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#1 Alan in Toledo

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:40 AM

I've physically swapped drives from two laptops (both Win10/64 Pro 1703) but neither will boot.

 

The drive from the "old" laptop is a 250Gb EVO SSD and the drive from the "new" laptop is a 250Gb Hitachi 7200rpm.

 

I failed to uninstall both drives with Device Manager before removing them.

 

I've started both with a bootable USB drive containing the Lazesoft Recovery Suite.

 

It's my guess that I need to use the Initialize MBR Disk function on both laptops. What I certainly do not want to do is erase or change the contents of either drive.

 

Should I proceed with the Initialize MBR Disk function?


Edited by britechguy, 19 September 2017 - 06:56 PM.
Moved to Internal Hardware since this is not specific to Windows 10


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:44 AM

The Windows installation on each hard drive is for the other computer, not the one it is now in, and is unlikely to operate, as it expects to find the hardware from the other computer.
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:47 AM

Understood. How should I proceed? (I'd like to avoid swapping back just to uninstall with Device Manager.)



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 07:02 AM

I don't understand what you mean with uninstall with Device Manager.

It looks like what you're wanting to do is use the faster SSD in the newer computer?

If I wanted to do that, I would make an image of each drive on a third drive (USB HDD), then put each image back onto the other drive. That way the SSD would contain all the correct setup for the newer laptop, and vice versa.
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 07:45 AM

Device Manager-->Hard Disk-->Uninstall



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 07:46 AM

you can not do what you are attempting to do,

 

you need to do a backup and reinstall windows after swapping the drives,



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 08:27 AM

The drive from your new computer is most likely GPT and your old MBR. Your old computer's Legacy BIOS will not boot the GPT disk. As mikey posted, what you want to do is not possible. You can convert a GPT OS disk to MBR and vice versa with a paid partition manager but this is a dangerous operation and there is no guarantee the new disk will boot on the old computer or the old disk will boot on the new computer.

 

And, as already posted the computers have different hardware. The Windows drivers on each hard drive are specific to each computer.



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:08 AM

Device Manager-->Hard Disk-->Uninstall


That will not achieve anything. Windows will simply re-scan for hardware and reload the current driver, which is already correct for the drive.

How new is the "new" laptop? If it only has a 250GB HDD, I was not expecting it to be recent enough to have made the drive GPT, but it's possible. If so, as said, not very feasible.

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