transfer Win7 hard drives to new computer

December 13, 2010 at 12:43:46
Specs: Windows 7 - 64 bit, Phenom IIx4, 8 GB RAM
I simply want to transfer an existing hard drive with a W7 64 bit OS into a new custom built PC with a differant MoBo, RAM, PCU, etc. This is a very bare bones HD without a lot of extra Software installed. Things like photos and videos that were on the HD have already been backed up onto an external HD. The only concerns I have are the Propietary problems that may occur from transferring an HP hard drive to another PC.

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December 13, 2010 at 12:55:36
If the BIOS recognizes the drive, there "shouldn't" be any problems. That said, you do realize that unless it's being moved into an identical machine (CPU, MoBo, etc) then Win7 will likely balk at having too many changes in hardware. Of course, if you're just going to reformat, then all should be well...

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December 13, 2010 at 13:01:21
I doubt you will get it to work.. Win7 is probably tied more effectively to it's original hardware than XP.

You won't even be able to do a repair install to fix it since the install media ( If you have it) will be set to look for specific HP hardware. My suggestion would be to re-assemble the HP system if you can and sell it as a going concern to fund the purchase of a new case, powersupply, Hard drive and operating system

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December 13, 2010 at 14:09:24

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December 14, 2010 at 13:01:51
Thanks for the replies .. I have found out that it won't work due to the fact that the harddrive was included in a retail HP desktop I bought and the OEM license will not allow a hard drive swap onto another motherboard, unless it is identical to the original. The new MoBo has a totally differant CPU, RAM, & Chipset so it looks like I will have to get a fresh copy of W7.

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