Hard drive direct replacement

  superspark 17:48 25 Jul 2010

If a hard drive is taken from one pc and fitted straight into another, will it work without making any adjustments and will the operating system and user accounts still be there?

  Technotiger 17:55 25 Jul 2010

Everything on the hard drive will still be there - but, it will not work just 'as-is' ....... mobo CMOS being main difference.

  superspark 18:00 25 Jul 2010

Sorry but don't quite understand what you mean.
Can you please elaborate?

  Technotiger 18:04 25 Jul 2010

This will explain it better than I can ...

click here

  Rayuk 18:50 25 Jul 2010

This is from a while back
click here

  superspark 19:30 25 Jul 2010


  Batch 08:26 26 Jul 2010

In simple terms, when your OS is installed on a PC it configures itself for the hardware of that PC. So just taking the HDD and putting in another PC will be problematical as the OS won't be configured for that PC.

  daytimers82 10:44 26 Jul 2010

I would back the hardrive 1st onto an external drive or another drive and then test it. If your using acronis it will work, but if you dont use acronis it wont work, you could have to reformat the drive and possibly format using operating system

  daytimers82 10:46 26 Jul 2010

sometimes if you buy an hard disc enclosure should also help by keeping the files intact.

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