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this is my situation. I have a 640gb and it contains my OS and important files. The PC I originally used the hard drive with stopped working but id like to use my hard drive with a HP PC that I have. Can I just take the hard drive in the HP PC and just plug in my 640 hdd? Or do I have to clean out the hard drive in my HP PC first? I think I read that you have to do that first

any help would be great, thanks.
post #2 of 11
If i understand you correctly, NO you cant take a hard drive from one PC and move to a completely different PC.
The only time it works is if they are identical models.

What you can do is if your HP still has an OS on it you can add the 640 as a slave drive to retrieve the data but not the programs.

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you can plug the 640 gig drive in and get access to the files no problem, but using the installed OS could be a problem.
For starters, is the OS key on the 640 gig drive OEM? if so, it can not be used on another computer.
If it is a retail key, you can, but you may have driver issues with it.
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If i understand you correctly, NO you cant take a hard drive from one PC and move to a completely different PC.
The only time it works is if they are identical models.
What you can do is if your HP still has an OS on it you can add the 640 as a slave drive to retrieve the data but not the programs.
Good Luck thumb.gif

The HP hard drive has spyware and its really screwed up. Id like to reinstall windows on that hard drive but for some reason my USB keyboard refuses to work on that PC and I cant continue the boot process. I wanted to take out the HP hard drive and swap it with my 640gb from my custom PC (that pc stopped working). Youre this wont work at all?
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post

you can plug the 640 gig drive in and get access to the files no problem, but using the installed OS could be a problem.
For starters, is the OS key on the 640 gig drive OEM? if so, it can not be used on another computer.
If it is a retail key, you can, but you may have driver issues with it.

Why would using the installed OS be a problem? does that have to do something with HP?

basically I have 2 screwed up PCs and id like to make one Frankenstein PC by using the mobo/ram/cpU from the HP pc and combine it with my HDD/GPU/PSU from my custom PC.. will this work? I have a copy of windows and if I have to reinstall anything, then I will

appreciate it guys, thanks
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Originally Posted by 2tired View Post

basically I have 2 screwed up PCs and id like to make one Frankenstein PC by using the mobo/ram/cpU from the HP pc and combine it with my HDD/GPU/PSU from my custom PC.. will this work? I have a copy of windows and if I have to reinstall anything, then I will
appreciate it guys, thanks

Yes you should be able to do that but if you have important info on the 640 hard drive i would wipe the HP hard drive and re install windows and then install the 640 as a 2nd hard drive to retrieve your info, and then use the 640 as storage
post #6 of 11
Yes, you have to wipe your "Custom-PC" OS to get it working. It has drivers for another motherboard, which will Blue-Screen your computer when you plug it in to the HP PC and try to fire up Windows. Wiping it out will get it working, but I suggest you track down ethernet drivers and stuff first, because Windows may not come with those. (HP's site should have downloads for whatever model you have.)
     
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post #7 of 11
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Yes you should be able to do that but if you have important info on the 640 hard drive i would wipe the HP hard drive and re install windows and then install the 640 as a 2nd hard drive to retrieve your info, and then use the 640 as storage

OK great, didn't know I could do that. My problem now is my the hdd in my HP is screwed and don't know if I can boot into that.
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Yes, you have to wipe your "Custom-PC" OS to get it working. It has drivers for another motherboard, which will Blue-Screen your computer when you plug it in to the HP PC and try to fire up Windows. Wiping it out will get it working, but I suggest you track down ethernet drivers and stuff first, because Windows may not come with those. (HP's site should have downloads for whatever model you have.)
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Also thanks for the help kramy
I have another PC in the house that I bought recently and it has windows 8 on it (a HP PC LOL)

Can I hook my 640 to that and wipe the OS out?

Thanks a lot guys. I always get help, has the best community
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Originally Posted by 2tired View Post

Also thanks for the help kramy
I have another PC in the house that I bought recently and it has windows 8 on it (a HP PC LOL)

Can I hook my 640 to that and wipe the OS out?

Thanks a lot guys. I always get help, has the best community
Yep. Plugged in to another PC, you can enter Disk Management and wipe out any connected drives that are not currently in use.

Or when installing Windows, you can also wipe out / format drives from the "Custom Install" option.
     
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post #10 of 11
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hey guys one question

is there a way I can install the OS for the 640gb hdd from a different PC and still be able to use it on my hp pc?

I just plugged in my 640gb hard drive in a different pc and id like to install windows for the 640gb from that pc and then just boot up the hard drive from the hp pc..

will there be any driver issues??

thanks a lot
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