Windows 10: moving hard drive to a differant laptop

  1.    21 May 2017 #1

    moving hard drive to a differant laptop


    Dog knocked over my laptop and now it doesn't work.
    Removed the hard deive and bought a used laptop as
    the broken one.
    what do I need to due to get the hard drive to run in
    the new laptop
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  2. Posts : 16,443
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       21 May 2017 #2

    Does the used laptop have a secondary bay to insert the hard drive from the damaged computer?
    Do you have a hard drive enclosure?
    Has the internal hard drive from the damaged computer been checked to see if it was also damaged?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    21 May 2017 #3

    You should just be able to remove drive from old laptop and put it in new one.

    Windows 10 is pretty good at sorting out drivers.

    Assuming it boots ok, you should go to device manager and check all drivers are up to date.

    Are you sure the hdd is ok - biggest failure mechanism when a laptop is dropped is the actual hard drive itself?
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  4. Posts : 471
    Win 10 Pro 15063.332 (ex-Insider)
       21 May 2017 #4

    fwddpi said: View Post
    what do I need to due to get the hard drive to run in
    the new laptop
    The hard drive might work in that second-hand laptop but you may run into OEM licensing problems.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    21 May 2017 #5

    moving hard drive to a different laptop


    hard drive boots and all icons appear on the desktop but I cannot open anything.
    Including the start menu
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  6. Posts : 16,443
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       22 May 2017 #6

    Above you reported that you were able to boot to the wall paper / lock screen, then logon, then desk top. But there was no longer any response when clicking on icons or the start menu.

    It was a surprise that you were able to boot with the operating system from one computer to another computer without licensing problems.

    Try command line:
    1) windows + x keys simultaneously
    2) a
    3) alt + y keys simultaneously
    4) type sfc /scannow
    5) type dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    6) chkdsk
    7) shutdown /s

    Let us know the results for each of the steps.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    23 May 2017 #7

    It's quite possible that HDD was damaged too, specially if laptop was running at that time of fall. I would check that drive also.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  •    23 May 2017 #8

    zbook said: View Post
    Above you reported that you were able to boot to the wall paper / lock screen, then logon, then desk top. But there was no longer any response when clicking on icons or the start menu.

    It was a surprise that you were able to boot with the operating system from one computer to another computer without licensing problems.

    Try command line:
    1) windows + x keys simultaneously
    2) a
    3) alt + y keys simultaneously
    4) type sfc /scannow
    5) type dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    6) chkdsk
    7) shutdown /s

    Let us know the results for each of the steps.
    1 Nothing
    2 Nothing
    3 Magnifier came on at 400%
    5-7 There isn't a ace to type anything
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  • Posts : 16,443
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       24 May 2017 #9

    What if anything were you able to do with the keyboard? Can any of the keys produce a pop up?
    What happens with control + alt + delete or control + shift + escape?
    Did task manager pop up?
    How about windows + R key? Did the run box pop up?
    Can you get access to a hard drive enclosure to place your hard drive?
    This would possibly enable you to move files and use software to check the hard drive.
    Or do you have access to a notebook computer that has an empty secondary bay in which this hard drive can be placed to recover files and or test the drive?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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