Windows 10: Swapping HDD with Win10 to a new computer

  1.    14 Jul 2017 #1

    Swapping HDD with Win10 to a new computer

    My situation is this: My samsung laptop died on me before I could back much of my HDD up. I have the opportunity to buy a nearly identical Samsung from Ebay that does not have an HDD for equal or less than the cost of fixing my current laptop (Ac plug shorted)

    My question: if I install my current HDD with Win10 installed into this other, nearly identical Samsung, will it boot? The original Samsung came with 8, and I took the free upgrade to 10.
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  2.    14 Jul 2017 #2

    Here's what I'd probably do first:
    Run some tests on your HDD with it plugged in as an external disk on another PC.

    E.g. Hard Disk Sentinel (trial), and chkdsk (they look for different things).

    Even with that, some partitions will not have been verified, nor the integrity of your system files (there are some other checks you could do).

    That aside, it may well be it will work.

    Worst case, you can clean install on the second laptop and rescue some data from your disk.

    If it doesn't boot, you can try
    - Startup repair (needs a Win 10 boot medium)
    - Macrium reflect's Fix Boot utility (needs a MR bootable medium, or Kyhi's bootable disk/DVD from the top of the Software and Apps section)

    The way to make it easier to recover from this sort of crisis is to routinely use disk imaging (e.g. Macrium Reflect + external disk for image sets- which may not be what you mean by backing up), starting from when you first get Windows running on a PC.
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