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Originally Posted by RyanMeier7;15319034 
why isn't it a good idea. I would have bought the exact same HD. Just trying to save money by not purchasing a new hard drive and windows 7 when I wouldn't need to. But I don't know a ton about this it is why I am trying to get advice.

You don't need a new hard drive. doh.gif

You will run into drivers issues if you do a straight swap most likely, that is why you should do a complete install.

Is your copy of fwindows 7 OEM? Ex. from a prebuilt pc? If so you need a new key.

Are you even paying attention to what I am writing?
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by RyanMeier7;15319034 
why isn't it a good idea. I would have bought the exact same HD. Just trying to save money by not purchasing a new hard drive and windows 7 when I wouldn't need to. But I don't know a ton about this it is why I am trying to get advice.

The different mobos are the problem with just taking the HDD out of one PC and plugging it into another. It causes all sorts problems. You need to back up all your files, format drive, reinstall Windows on the drive attached to the new hardware, and restore all your backed up files. If you don't have a second storage device it will be a problem.
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Originally Posted by SeanWebster;15319068 
You don't need a new hard drive. doh.gif

He does need somewhere to hold the backup when he is reinstalling Windows. Depending on how large the data is that needs backing up if he doesn't have a second storage device he could try Mozy or something.
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Originally Posted by dave12;15319104 
He does need somewhere to hold the backup when he is reinstalling Windows. Depending on how large the data is that needs backing up if he doesn't have a second storage device he could try Mozy or something.

He can partition the HD if he has enough room...
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by SeanWebster;15319114 
He can partition the HD if he has enough room...

Either of us could. I was thinking that might be a bridge too far here.
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Either of us could. I was thinking that might be a bridge too far here.

Yea, you're right...it seems as if he doesn't know anything about computers or windows.
post #17 of 18
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I know I have to do a complete install, I'm not going to just plug it in. Thanks for your help. I kind of new what to do, I just wanted to make sure. And yes I knew that I would need to get a new key, because my windows came from a pre-built computer. Thanks for the help.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by SeanWebster;15319136 
Yea, you're right...it seems as if he doesn't know anything about computers or windows.

At least new enough to tinkering that I didn't want to start suggesting things that could have a detrimental outcome.

If you are more familiar than I am with best practices for migrating data I'd love some input in my thread. smile.gif
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