moving hard drive to another computer

  Shrubsole 12:38 02 Mar 2011
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Cannot boot computer (grandson messed with Bios!). I used Windows Backup (more fool me) which backed up on the same drive, so I cannot access it. If I remove the drive and install it as a second drive in another computer, will the Bios recognise it? Obviously I cannot format. Is there a better solution?

  rawprawn 12:56 02 Mar 2011
  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:24 02 Mar 2011

Cannot boot computer (grandson messed with Bios!).

Boot -enter SET UP usually by tapping Esc or Del or or one of the F keys

Select default setting form the menu - Save and exit (F10)

  johnnyrocker 19:52 03 Mar 2011

might a caddy be an idea and connect via usb and take what you want off?



johnny

  gazzaho 01:21 04 Mar 2011

One thing to check before trying fruit bats suggestion is to check the SATA drive settings in the BIOS. If the SATA emulation mode has been changed to AHCI instead of SATA to IDE mode Windows may not boot.

If AHCI is needed for hot swapping internal hard drives with a drive caddy for instance, Windows will, in most cases need to be re-installed.

  Shrubsole 11:31 04 Mar 2011

Thank you everyone for your helpful replies which I have printed out. Will embark on the project this weekend and see what happens.

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