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So my dad wants to use my laptop by taking out his hard drive from his laptop and putting into mine. He has a laptop with an AMD C-50 and my laptop has an i5-2410m.

So I was wondering if it would be possible to swap the hard drives into my i5 laptop and boot into safe mode and uninstall all drivers, and then install the proper drivers. Would that work or is a reinstall the only way?
post #2 of 11
Well, you see, when you install windows on any computer, the registry is glued to the RAM, unless you uninstall it. So you MIGHT be able to get away with transferring the registry onto the new computer...

No guarantess...
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i put my laptop hdd in my desktop when i had to get a new power cord and booted into the laptop drive unintentionally and everything worked fine, try it and see what happens
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I would HIGHLY advise hooking up your dad's hard drive to a desktop system ( desktop SATA cables and powersupply fit laptop HDD's as well ). Boot into the desktop OS with the drive attatched and you can access that drives files.

If you do put that HDD in your laptop in place of yours, you risk getting a BSOD or other errors due to the different hardware profile and registries associated to that hard drives mother system.

I do this all the time, but recently bought me an external USB - SATA dock for bare 2.5 and 3.5 HDD's since I did it so often thumb.gif

Booting into safe mode will also load any hardware drivers needed in that computers setup. I would advise a reinstall of the OS.
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Well, you see, when you install windows on any computer, the registry is glued to the RAM, unless you uninstall it. So you MIGHT be able to get away with transferring the registry onto the new computer...

No guarantess...

What? the registry is glued to the RAM? LOL

You can most likely move it fine, i've done it a few times b/w Intel and AMD systems, if anything just run boot up repair and do the safe mode thing like you said. Make sure the SATA mode is the same as the old system. aka. IDE or AHCI.
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What? the registry is glued to the RAM? LOL
You can most likely move it fine, i've done it a few times b/w Intel and AMD systems, if anything just run boot up repair and do the safe mode thing like you said. Make sure the SATA mode is the same as the old system. aka. IDE or AHCI.

Well, it is.... smile.gif
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What? the registry is glued to the RAM? LOL
You can most likely move it fine, i've done it a few times b/w Intel and AMD systems, if anything just run boot up repair and do the safe mode thing like you said. Make sure the SATA mode is the same as the old system. aka. IDE or AHCI.

Well, it is.... smile.gif

Once you boot up everything is lol, but not when the system is shut down. haha

If you switch to a new set of RAM it doesn't matter.
post #8 of 11
works for me with my desktop.

I just uninstall/install the appropriate drivers, and everything is good to go.
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Hmm... In that case I might as well just back everything up. Moving 800GB of stuff will not be fun frown.gif.

Oh well, thanks for the help people. Reps given.
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Hmm... In that case I might as well just back everything up. Moving 800GB of stuff will not be fun frown.gif.
Oh well, thanks for the help people. Reps given.

why? it wont harm anything to try it, and most people who comented say it worked fine expect for one person who said a registry is glued to the ram, which makes absolutely no sense if you know anything about ram....rolleyes.gif
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