Can you move a hard drive

Compaq / Armada e700
August 3, 2009 at 10:35:30
Specs: Windows XP
I have a toshiba satellite 1200 laptop with a broken power connector and a compaq armada e700 with about 196mb of hard drive left can i move the toshiba hard drive to the compaq without any transfer components or anything.

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August 3, 2009 at 12:11:32
If you don't want to do a clean install, because the hardware configuration is different, you would have to do a repair install of Windows XP using an XP installation disc. That would preserve your data and programs, but not the Windows updates. However, there may be some other problems which arise when doing this. You would have to load the motherboard drivers for the Compaq at some point, and the Compaq may have a recovery partition that would not be on the Toshiba hard drive. If you had imaging software, like Norton Ghost, you could do an image of the Compaq hard drive, wipe the Toshiba hard drive, and then install the image to the Compaq hard drive.

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August 3, 2009 at 14:13:32
Or you could move it.
boot to a live cd either windows or linux and transfer the important files off.

Could consider a cheap usb enclosure if the drive is new enough. The older ones need an external power supply and cost a bit more.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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August 4, 2009 at 11:14:41
If you just want to recover some files from the Toshiba drive, I think Jefro's suggestion of connecting it to the Compaq with an external USB 'cable adapter' or 'box' is easiest and safest.

Here are some examples:

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