Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Two Identical Laptops - One Harddrive - boots one...not the other...

07 Feb 2015   #1
Virg54

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
 
 
Two Identical Laptops - One Harddrive - boots one...not the other...

I have a Dell e1705 with 1.83GHz. I recently purchased another e1705 with 2.00GHz. I pulled the hard drive and popped it into the "new" e1705.

It starts up and the Dell logo pops up. It goes to a screen stating "loading Windows files" with a status bar. Then, it goes black and returns to the Dell logo, and the cycle starts again. Just two screens. Over and over. It does this forever, until I do a hard shut down. Both are running A10 bios...

If it matters, the "new" was running Ubuntu just fine when I purchased it.

Any ideas why the same hard drive can boot one unit and not the other?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
07 Feb 2015   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello and welcome Virg mate so I have it right the drive has Windows installed on it in machine #1 and you have put the drive into machine #2?

Now if so mate if the Windows was a factory installed OEM or an OEM you installed then the activation code will not work using that drive in machine #2 because it's activation code is tied to the motherboard of machine #1. However if the version is a retail version then it will be possible to install it on the drive in machine #2 but it ell only be able to be used on machine #2. Plus I think because I am not 100% sure you will need to reinstall that retail version. Now also if it is a retail version I would get a new drive and do that and then transfer the data over from the old original drive - but you will not be able to use that ld drive install in any other machine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2015   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No 2 systems are ever really identical. I have 2 Asus T100 purchased in a space of 2 weeks and the hardware is different. If you want Windows 7 on your new PC, you will have to install it with a valid product key.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

08 Feb 2015   #4
Virg54

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
 
 

Hello and welcome Virg mate so I have it right the drive has Windows installed on it in machine #1 and you have put the drive into machine #2?

Correct. It is a 1TB Hybrid Drive with a new installation (NOT a re-install) of Windows 7 Home Premium. It has operated beautifully in "Machine #1"

Now if so mate if the Windows was a factory installed OEM or an OEM you installed then the activation code will not work using that drive in machine #2 because it's activation code is tied to the motherboard of machine #1. However if the version is a retail version then it will be possible to install it on the drive in machine #2 but it ell only be able to be used on machine #2. Plus I think because I am not 100% sure you will need to reinstall that retail version. Now also if it is a retail version I would get a new drive and do that and then transfer the data over from the old original drive - but you will not be able to use that ld drive install in any other machine.

Sorry, I guess I am as dumb as a bag of hammers! I thought the Windows license was tied to the hard drive and it did not matter what machine you put it in. So, if I purchase a new, fresh Windows OS and install it, and the next day..., say..., the motherboard dies, I am screwed because I can not move the drive (and new OS) can not simply plugged into a "like"/identical machine...? Am I understanding this correctly?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2015   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
So, if I purchase a new, fresh Windows OS and install it, and the next day..., say..., the motherboard dies, I am screwed because I can not move the drive (and new OS) can not simply plugged into a "like"/identical machine...? Am I understanding this correctly?
That is correct in case of OEM licenses - not for retail licenses (which are more expensive).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2015   #6
Virg54

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
 
 

Well, I purchased this OS over the counter from Amazon.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Is it an OEM or a retail license.

But for your problem it makes no difference. Your disk from PC1 will not work on PC2 for different reasons - e.g. drivers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2015   #8
Virg54

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
 
 

And, I thought I knew a lot about computers! And, I thought I was being smart by buying a good drive and new OS and transferring to another "like" machine rather than repairing the one I had! Duh!

Can I "wipe" my 1TB hybrid drive (with the new OS), pop it into the faster e1705 (2.00GHz) machine #2, and reinstall the OS from the disk...? Or, is that too frigging logical to work in the World of Microsoft...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2015   #9
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Virg mate you can use that used OEM if the motherboard dies all it needs is a call to Microsoft - they are really quite obliging and I have done this on three occasions now for friends whose machines I have fixed.

Of course if you do it more than about three times for one machine they will obviously smell a rat So don't stress out mate it is just a phone call
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2015   #10
Virg54

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
 
 

I just thought I had found a reasonable approach to managing computer "costs"...buy a big drive, new OS, move it into the same machine (but faster) when the something dies (something always does) on the machine currently being used.

So, I call MS, tell them my old machine when "belly up", and they will give me a new activation code for when I plug the hard drive (after I have wiped it clean) into another machine? Then, I just load the OS with the new activation code?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Two Identical Laptops - One Harddrive - boots one...not the other...




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Want to swap hard drives between two identical laptops?
Hi Everyone, I have two Toshiba Satellite Pro L550 laptops; recently one became unusable due to virus infections. In fact it had so many infections that I would have needed to re-install Windows in order to get a good working laptop back. Because reinstalling Windows, software, data, etc...
General Discussion
Downgrading 10 identical laptops win 8 pro-->win 7 pro
I've been asked to downgrade our fleet of laptops to win7 pro from win8 pro. Dell Vostro 3550's. I have a Dell Win7 disk- going thru process now. I'm wondering is there is a way if I collect the Win 8 product IDs& Keys on the other machines that I can clone this first machine to the others? ...
Installation & Setup
Two identical computers
Well, this is embarrassing, but I bought two identical HP computers running W7 but I didn't write the COA of each computer in the correct disk jacket so I would know which recovery disk goes to which computer. So my question is, is there a way to find out which disk goes to which computer. The...
General Discussion
Two folders, same location, identical name
Hello everyone, I have two folders of the same name in the same location (on an external hard-drive) and both of them have the same name. I don't know what I did but about an hour ago there was only one folder of that name. As you can see both folders are on drive G: and when I open them they...
General Discussion
Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact
I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended...
Hardware & Devices
Identical Monitors, not identical colors
I received my 2 Samsung BX2431 LED monitors today, hooked them up, installed drivers. And now after wasting an hour on finding out that I had to do scaling on my card in the AMD Vision control center to get rid of the black bands, I still am left with the problem that one monitor is whiter than...
Graphic Cards


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App