Not a silly question you asked on PC Advisor help-room.
I was hoping that the hard disk would just simply slot into another laptop and I could almost use it like a CD, I have important and confidential information on there and don't want the hassle of transferring it.
If I buy a same make laptop but different model I assume this may work. I could use two hard drives then, it's easy to pull out the hard drive in a laptop.
I'd appreciate your thoughts on this. I'm no computer buff unfortunately!
Your thought is a good one, which unfortunately, is doomed to failure in the way you are proposing.
There is no space within a laptop to fit a second HDD, and it is unlikely that your old one will fit in the space allocated for a HDD within the new laptop as there have been material changes in design in the last few years.
Transferring your data is simply a matter of copying to the files to an other medium - say a CD - then pasting them into the new Laptop.
If the old Laptop does not have a CD Writer there are many other means of transferring the files.
Destroying the files on the old Laptop is very much a job of finding the right software, Norton do one as part of Utilities, and following the instructions.
If the sensitivity of the files is of National importance then so a search among the threads here for more thorough methods.
If you have a USB connector on your laptop you can buy a USB link cable for about £15 from a computer fair including software and drivers. you load the CD on both computers connect the link cable, and there is a icon on the desktop that you double click on both machines. you can then transfer all your data. Then clear the Old Hard Drive with a Format
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