Clone Laptop HDD to Run on PC HDD

  User-738EDBEA-B57C-404D-AB99CB8402611268 16:21 18 Oct 2010


I want to copy/transfer(clone?) the whole 30GB HDD on my old laptop and run it as a completely self contained unit on my new PC. In other words to be able to boot it up using all the existing XP os and software from the laptop as if it was still the laptop being used. I am not sure if that makes sense or is at all possible ??
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give.

  bjh 16:28 18 Oct 2010

Can't be done - not without weeks of work, I'd say. The drivers installed with your laptop will be so very different from those needed by the desktop, that it'll fail.

You can, of course, run the normal hard drive of the desktop and access infromation on the laptop harddrive, but not run the applications.

Having said all that, if you have cloned the drive, you can always give it a go - not much to lose, data-wise. Set the desktop to boot from the laptop drive (installed as a USB-connected hard drive), and run a repair install from the Windows disk. But, it won't work ;-)

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