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Windows 7: How to access Win 7 hd in Win 8.1

20 Dec 2013   #31
hap7

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

Not even if I change the boot sequence? What about cloning then? Is that still possible? And then just read the cloned disk as an external disk once the Win 8 pc boots u? I dunno...just askin.

All I'm trying to do is get access to the Win 7 hd however I do it. The cpu is dying on the mb of the pc that I took the hd out of. No monitor or external monitor on that Win 7 work.

One guy at HP told me all I'd need is another G62 Presario laptop, then another guy there told me I'd need an identical pc to put the hd back into it to make it work.

Thanks


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20 Dec 2013   #32
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hap7 View Post

All I'm trying to do is get access to the Win 7 hd however I do it. The cpu is dying on the mb of the pc that I took the hd out of. No monitor or external monitor on that Win 7 work.
Do you want just the data (My Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos etc.) off the Windows 7 hard drive?

Or do you want to somehow run the Windows 7 hard drive on your Windows 8 computer?

Jerry
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20 Dec 2013   #33
hap7

Win 7 64 bit
 
 
reply to Jerry

I'd like to run the Win 7 hd from the Win 8 computer.
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20 Dec 2013   #34
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You don't listen. You didn't understand. What's the problem anyway?
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20 Dec 2013   #35
hap7

Win 7 64 bit
 
 
reply

There is no problem. U wanted to know what I wanted to do & with what & I told ya. What do I need to repeat? Maybe it's u that can't hear! (lol) Once again, I took my hd out of my Win 7 computer & wish to run it with the Win 8 computer as is or with as little re-configuration as possible.

What else do u need to know I have yet to tell u to help u help me?

Thank you
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20 Dec 2013   #36
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hap7 View Post
There is no problem. U wanted to know what I wanted to do & with what & I told ya. What do I need to repeat? Maybe it's u that can't hear! (lol) Once again, I took my hd out of my Win 7 computer & wish to run it with the Win 8 computer as is or with as little re-configuration as possible.

What else do u need to know I have yet to tell u to help u help me?

Thank you
Well one thing that would help is to give us your system specs(hd size, ram, etc)
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21 Dec 2013   #37
hap7

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

The Win 8 computer's specs are as follows:

hd size 693 Gigs...NOT partitioned
RAM: 7368 MB
AMD quad core processor 1.9 Gigahertz
64 bit

I got the above info from Belarc.com

I think the size of the hd from the Win 7 pc is about 300 G

What else do u need to know?

Thanks again
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21 Dec 2013   #38
LuzTeTT

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

So what is stopping you from just plugging in your Windows 7 HDD to the Windows 8 machine's motherboard and booting from it?
You press a keyboard shortcut during the initial system bootup process and select the HDD to boot from and if all goes well then you will launch in to Windows 7, otherwise you'll need to set up your boot path entries on either OS and the Windows boot manager will give you the option after the initial bootup process to select which operating system to launch.

Whether or not the Windows installation will have the necessary driver software to operate your other machine without failure is a completely different deal altogether, and another process that will take some time and no manner of imaging or stuffing around will help you there. You don't need to make an clone image. You just need to put the other HDD in to the machine that you're calling your Win 8 computer. Whether that is via a USB interface or otherwise.

Please note, when we're talking about Win 8 computers and Win 7 computers we are not talking about builds or models. This is the operating system software that we are confirming works on that machine. Like, you turn it on and eventually Windows 8 starts. Okay?

Edit: If I'm reading this correctly, you've installed Windows 7 on a USB HDD while operating another, completely separate machine from the one you're using to operate Windows 8 on, with what I can only assume is an internal HDD. The USB HDD is conditioned for another PC, and thus merely plugging it in to your other machine is not enough to get in to your Windows 7 desktop.
Now we're trying to address why, right? The other thing I can think of is that the Windows 7 installation was initially installed on another machine's internal HDD and you've taken that out to put in to an external enclosure and are hoping for the best by taking your chances with another completely different machine. I can think of a few different things.

  • You're not trying to boot from the USB HDD. You are letting your system automatically boot from the internal HDD that has Windows 8 on it, so you're ending up at the Windows 8 desktop.
    • Windows is not presenting you with an option prior to starting up to choose which OS to boot in to. This is normal unless configured.
    • Your system does not recognize the USB HDD as a bootable device. This is normal unless configured.
  • The drive isn't functioning or being read on the other machine for what ever reason.
    • It's broken.
    • Your motherboard can't use it, faulty USB etc.
  • The operating system on the USB HDD is installed for fundamentally different base hardware like motherboard and chipset components, so it will not function on your other device without some heavy tinkering. You would be getting error messages after attempting to boot from this USB HDD if this were the case.
Are we on the same page now?
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21 Dec 2013   #39
hap7

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

I will paste your reply in here & add (in BOLD font) my replies (answers to your questions) to it. I, as well, obviously wud like to ensure we're both on the same page.






So what is stopping you from just plugging in your Windows 7 HDD to the Windows 8 machine's motherboard and booting from it? WHEN I DO THAT, A BUNCH OF WIN 7 HD FOLDERS COME UP THAT I'N UNFAMILIAR WITH...MOSTLY TO DO WITH INSTALL.
You press a keyboard shortcut (DO U HAPPEN TO KNOW WHAT THAT KEYBOARD KEY IS? during the initial system bootup process and select the HDD to boot from and if all goes well then you will launch in to Windows 7, otherwise you'll need to set up your boot path entries on either OS and the Windows boot manager will give you the option after the initial bootup process to select which operating system to launch.

Whether or not the Windows installation will have the necessary driver software to operate your other machine without failure is a completely different deal altogether, and another process that will take some time and no manner of imaging or stuffing around will help you there. You don't need to make an clone image. You just need to put the other HDD in to the machine that you're calling your Win 8 computer. Whether that is via a USB interface or otherwise.

Please note, when we're talking about Win 8 computers and Win 7 computers we are not talking about builds or models. CORRECT..THE WIN 8 PC IS NOT A BUILD BUT IT IS REFURBISHED OEM. THE WIN 7 HD IS OUT OF A COMPUTER I BOUGHT AT A LOCAL COMPUTER STORE 4 YRS AGO. THE CPU IS DYING. THAT'S Y I TOOK THE HD OUT. This is the operating system software that we are confirming works on that machine. Like, you turn it on and eventually Windows 8 starts. Okay?

Edit: If I'm reading this correctly, you've installed Windows 7 on a USB HDD while operating another, completely separate machine from the one you're using to operate Windows 8 on, with what I can only assume is an NO. I NEED TO CLARIFY: WIN 7 WAS ALREADY INSTALLED ON THE PC (LAPTOP) I TOOK THE HD OUT OF. I PUT THE WIN 7 HD INTO AN EXTERNAL CASE SO I COULD USE IT (HAVE FULL ACCESS TO IT) WITH ANOTHER COMPUTER internal HDD. The USB HDD is conditioned for another PC, and thus merely plugging it in to your other machine is not enough to get in to your Windows 7 desktop.
Now we're trying to address why, right? The other thing I can think of is that the Windows 7 installation was initially installed on another machine's internal HDD and you've taken that out to put in to an external enclosure and are hoping for the best by taking your chances with another completely different machine EXACTLY I can think of a few different things.

  • You're not trying to boot from the USB HDD. You are letting your system automatically boot from the internal HDD that has Windows 8 on it, so you're ending up at the Windows 8 desktop. THAT IS TRUE
    • #1 ASSUMPTION:Windows is not presenting you with an option prior to starting up to choose which OS to boot in to. This is normal unless configured. EXACTLY TRUE AGAIN
    • 2 ASSUMPTION Your system does not recognize the USB HDD as a bootable device. This is normal unless configured. CORRECT
  • The drive isn't functioning or being read on the other machine for what ever reason.
    • It's broken. THE DEVICE IS NOT BROKEN & THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE WIN 8 PC I'M PLUGGING IT INTO VIA THE USB EXTERNAL CASE. YOUR FIRST 2 ASSUMPTIONS I MARKED AS #1 ASSUMPTION & #2 ASSUMPTION WERE EXACTLY CORRECT
    • Your motherboard can't use it, faulty USB etc. ON THE WIN 7 PC...CORRECT
  • The operating system on the USB HDD is installed for fundamentally different base hardware like motherboard and chipset components, so it will not function on your other device without some heavy tinkering. You would be getting error messages after attempting to boot from this USB HDD if this were the case.
Are we on the same page now? I HOPE SO
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21 Dec 2013   #40
LuzTeTT

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I'm sorry but I am not going to help you if you're going to act like this. English is my first language mate and I don't seem to have a problem with anybody else.
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