Solved problems swapping hard drive

July 18, 2018 at 11:02:18
Specs: Windows 10
I am trying to swap the hard drive from my emachine el1333g-03 to my gateway sx2110g - but when I do the gateway will not find the boot device. I put it back in the emachine, and it boots fine. What am I not finding that I need to change. The gateway bios recognizes the hard drive and describes it, the first boot is set to HD, but still comes back with 'no boot device'. Any help would be appreciated.

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July 18, 2018 at 13:25:10
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Briefly... There was time, way back in time..., when one could move a drive from one computer to another and it would boot up. Sadly that's no-longer so.

As windows has evolved it's become more and more restrictive in terms of what it allows...

This is perhaps a rather over simplified explanation re' what actually goes on with NT and later windows boot sequnce; there's a lot goes on behind the scenes when the NT family boot up entire NT familty. So at risk of being castigated for less than detailed explanation... NT3x through to Win-10 check to see what the system physical spec's are, and when a given Win is installed information about the installation is recorded during the setup. Come boot time the system checks what the system is, compares with what it knows already, and if they agree then it will boot. Any differences and the system won't boot...

Moving a win-10 drive to another system, windows won't like it, as the hardware it knows about in its home system, won't be the same on the "new" computer.

The bios will find the drive, but that's it...

Win-10 is likely the most restrictive version of windows...

The only way the drive can be made to boot in its new home is either to run a repair installation - if win-10 allows that (NT through to Win7/8 allowed that); or you do afresh installation.

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July 18, 2018 at 13:33:08
Of course it doesn't work, it's setup for the eMachines. If you want to use the eMachines HDD in the Gateway, you will have to wipe the drive & do a clean install of Windows, so you will need a Windows disc & product key.

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July 18, 2018 at 14:05:17
Thanks trvlr - that is what I suspected, but thought I should get a second opinon. That computer is running windows 8.1 cause the video drivers would not let the free Win10 upgrade happen. So I more than likely do a custom build, swap the motherboard and cpu out, get a gold hard drive and win10 pro. Thanks again!

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July 18, 2018 at 14:06:15
Thanks riider -- appreciate your input to the problem.

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July 18, 2018 at 14:16:03
Both the Gateway & eMachines are outdated.

The eMachines is a Walmart special from about 2010:

The Gateway is also a Walmart special, but slightly newer:

If you're going to build a custom system, start from scratch. There's really no hardware in either of those systems that's worth re-using in a modern build.

BTW, to get around the graphics driver issue, all you'd have to do is install a graphics card. Neither system has a card, both use integrated graphics.

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July 18, 2018 at 15:05:29
Thanks riider -- that is probably what I will do. I built my first custom ATX full tower build last week, and looking forward to doing another. I will try and do one of these Micro chassis and yes, I will use a video card instead of integrated.

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