Solved I can't boot my WD SATA hard drive in my new ASUS laptop

July 16, 2014 at 02:45:06
Specs: Windows 7
I have recently bought a new ASUS laptop. It came with a Toshiba hard drive, which I want to remove and replace with the hard drive from my old laptop. When I put my old WD hard drive in it doesn't boot. I think I need to add a boot option for it but I'm not sure how.

New Laptop

New hard drive (that I want to remove-currently running Windows 8)
Toshiba MQ01ABD075

Old Hard drive (that I want to put in the new laptop-currently running Windows 7)
WD Scorpio Blue

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July 16, 2014 at 02:59:49
You can't just take a hard disk from one laptop and expect it to boot in a different one. There are all sorts of potential problems - EFI vs BIOS booting, ACPI vs IDE mode, device drivers, OS tied to particular hardware, etc., etc.

If you want to run Windows 7 rather than 8 (big mistake IMO) then you need to do a fresh install from a Windows DVD with a valid, unused installation key.

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July 16, 2014 at 03:01:43
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Probably, the installed software, or the boot manager in the hard drive, is not compatible with your new PC. New PC's today use EFI boot. Try "clean" in diskpart.exe (don't create new partitions). Afterwards, install new windows 7 (or 8 depends on what you like) on your hard disk.

By the way, why do you want to replace the hard disk? If you only want to downgrade to Windows 7, try reading this.

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