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  1. Posts : 301
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    Transferring hdd to new pc

    I bought a new laptop (let's call it laptop 1). It has a 1 Tb standard hdd. I also have an older laptop (laptop 2) with a 1 Tb SSD and W10.

    I want to move the SSD from laptop 2 to the new one and am considering several options that I would like advice about.

    1. Just replace the hdd on the new laptop 1 with the SSD from laptop 2. They both have W 10. I suspect that won't work because of the different hardware would require different drivers.
    a) Am I right? Or will Windows 10 automatically install the correct drivers for the new hardware?
    b) Am I better off starting fresh?

    2. I have image backups of the existing older W10 pc but thought to take this opportunity to reinstall all my programs in the fresh w10 installation. Is that a good idea? Worth the extra effort?

    3. I'd like to transfer at least my Windows and installed programs "settings" from the older w10 pc. to the new one. I read that "Windows Easy Transfer" used to do this but is no longer available for W 10. Is there a free alternative for W 10? Another way to do this?

    Any other suggestions?

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    IF you have a backup just put the drive in there is a good chance it will find drivers but if it's a lot different it may deactivate
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    Samuria said:
    IF you have a backup just put the drive in there is a good chance it will find drivers but if it's a lot different it may deactivate
    W10 is good at finding drivers. It shouldn't deactivate if the machine you put it in already had a digital licence for THE SAME EDITION of Windows 10 (Home or Pro).

    When faced with completely new hardware W10 will check the hardware ID of the system it finds itself on against the Microsoft Activation servers. A digital licence is only valid for one edition, Home or Pro, but if both PCs had the same edition before the swap then there should be no activation problems.
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  4. Posts : 301
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    Thread Starter

    Thank you both. They're both W10 home. One last question before going ahead and just switching hdds, the old laptop's hdd has Windows 10 home from the free upgrade from the original W 8.1. That should not be a problem. Correct? And, isn't there some advantage in working with a fresh W10 installation or is that not.that big a deal? Did the old W10 accumulate problems over time? Registry, etc? Thanks again. You guys are wonderful! Edit: Reading on another thread the possibility of ssd compatibility depending on whether the bus supports NVME or not. How can I determine if the new laptop supports or does not support NVME and whether the ssd I own is NVME or not? Is there a way to find out before proceeding with the exchange? The new laptop is a HP Pavillion 14-Ce0068st. It's current drive is HGST HTS541010B7E610 The ssd is a (I believe) Device IDE\DiskCT1000MX500SSD1_________________________M3CR020_\4&14833066&0&0.0.0
    Last edited by Curious; 28 Nov 2018 at 15:27.
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  5. Posts : 18,273
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    If the SSD is the type that looks like a small hard drive, it's just SATA and will work when plugged into any SATA port and be recognized by the computer as any other hard drive.

    An NVMe SSD is a circuit card type and plugs into an M.2 slot on the motherboard.

    There are always advantages to a clean install of Windows, but if you are not seeing any issues, I wouldn't take the effort to do the clean install.
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  6. Posts : 301
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    Thread Starter

    Thank you. Just what I needed to know.
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    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Curious said:
    I transfered the ssd from my old laptop to the new laptop. Then when I powered it up it could not find an operating system. ...
    First check the basics, was the ssd originally in a legacy MBR system and the new machine is set for uefi (or vice versa)? Check your bios settings.

    If the bios is set up OK, then boot problems like this are not unusual and easily fixed.

    Macrium Reflect has a tool for fixing boot problems. If you do not have Macrium, then download Kyhi's recovery drive and boot from that. This includes Macrium Reflect (and many other essential tools) in a bootable Windows environment.

    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums
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  8. Posts : 18,273
    Windows 11 Pro

    Legacy BIOS mode is also called CSM, if there is a CSM option on the new computer, enable that.

    Your system partition the computer needs to boot from is probably NTFS formatted and on most computers it needs to be FAT32 to boot in UEFI mode.
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 29 Nov 2018 at 12:51.
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  9. Posts : 301
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    Thread Starter

    You are a genius.
    It's great to have the Navy behind you.
    I got to the BIOS settings. It was set for uefi. I enabled 'legacy support' and it booted right up. Thank you!!
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  10. Posts : 18,273
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    @Bree hit it first.
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