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I put hardrive with windows 7 preinstalled

June 2, 2010 at 04:14:13
Specs: Windows 7
hi, i wonder if anyone can help?
i own a toshiba laptop with vista installed and ive damaged the hardrive beyond repair.
I have been given a hard drive out of a newer toshiba laptop with windows 7 preinstalled, i put the new one in and it started up fine, then it told me to restart to save the resoloution changes, i did now it just gets stuck on the startup screen? i tried running the automatic repair thing and it told me it couldnt repair it and may be to do with something connected e.g web cam, mp3 etc.
I hope someone might know what to do?
many thanks charlie

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June 2, 2010 at 04:51:47
First of all explain "damaged the hard drive beyond repair".

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June 2, 2010 at 04:59:03
It's asking basically if all peripherals are unplugged (everything external).
Your problem may be that in order to use the drive with windows 7 preinstalled at the factory, it needed to be from a nearly identical laptop. If the motherboard is not the same model and version, you may not be able to get it to work without reinstalling windows from scratch. That said, if the main difference is in a minor component like a built in webcam, you may be able to update its driver and be OK. First see if you can boot it into Safe Mode with networking. If you can, go to device manager and see if you see warning marks on certain hardware. Post back your results. (others here can help you even better if you get up to this point).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

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June 2, 2010 at 05:48:27
You better drop what you are trying to do. Have you heard the expression No two computers are built alike?

The Windows in the original laptop are customized to work only with the hardware in that laptop. When you transfer this hard drive into another laptop built by the same manufacturer, Windows will sense it and refuse to boot to it.


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June 2, 2010 at 06:03:10
if the 2nd drive was from a similar computer or the same manufacturer, you can.
try doing a repair with a win 7 dvd.
or run a system restore from the hidden partition, there is no guarantee that the system restore will work as it deletes all information on the drive and then rewrites to the original factory setup.but as a last ditch attempt its worth a try
# If the computer is running, shut it down -- by clicking Start, Shut Down, and again Shut Down.

# Press and hold the 0 (zero) key on your keyboard and then press the computers power switch. When the computer turns on, the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility screen will appear, presenting three options

1. Press 1 to restore your hard disk drive to its original factory default state. A confirmation message will appear, indicating that all data will be overwritten and lost during the restore process. Be sure to back up all important files before proceeding.

2. Click Yes to begin the recovery. A message will appear once the operation is finished, indicating the HDD has been restored.

3. Press any key to restart the computer.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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June 2, 2010 at 09:19:50
I would like the OP to explain what is actually going on. Whenever I see a replacement drive in a laptop I think stolen laptop.

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