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Windows 7: Transferring Old Laptop HDD Data to New

30 May 2011   #1
cstebila

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Transferring Old Laptop HDD Data to New

Hey guys,

Laptop computer was recently destroyed, however the hard drive presumably still works. I was wondering what would be the best way to get this information off the hard drive and onto my new laptop. It is a Western Digital 500gb SATA drive with Windows 7 + all my data on it.

Any help is very appreciated!

cstebila


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30 May 2011   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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30 May 2011   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

do you have a desktop computer around?

a simple way would be to temporarily insert the old laptop drive into the desktop computer, copy all the data across onto the desktop pc, then transfer it onto the new laptop using a usb stick or some other external drive.

Bill - the op states that the old laptop was 'destroyed', but thinks the hdd is still ok.
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30 May 2011   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
do you have a desktop computer around?

a simple way would be to temporarily insert the old laptop drive into the desktop computer, copy all the data across onto the desktop pc, then transfer it onto the new laptop using a usb stick or some other external drive.

Bill - the op states that the old laptop was 'destroyed', but thinks the hdd is still ok.
Ya, i guess i wasnt clear enough. Sysprep is not possible but he can do the rest which is basically what you said, so over to you mickey.
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30 May 2011   #5
cstebila

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

mickeymegabyte - I potentially have the use of a desktop computer. Not sure what the components are, its an older machine running 7.

Bill2 - Would I need to run sysprep on the old computer, or the new one?
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30 May 2011   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You might want to look at the options to make an External case, adapter, or HD Dock to copy the data to the new computer. Then you could make an EXT backup HD of the old laptop HD

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ml#post1177933
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30 May 2011   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

is the old laptop drive sata?

then you would need a spare sata port (and leads) to be able to use it with the desktop pc.

you don't want to boot off the laptop drive, use the current win 7 for that. just have the lappy drive as a temporary secondary drive, so it becomes E: (or whatever).
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30 May 2011   #8
cstebila

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Really appreciate all the help so far. Quick last 2 questions.

Would purchasing a HDD enclosure which converts to USB be an option? Would a 2.5 SATA HDD with Windows 7 on it be able to convert to an external drive via an enclosure? I ask because I thought I've tried this in the past only to find the computer not recognizing the drive.

Thanks for all the help guys, really helpful. Appreciate it
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30 May 2011   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

This Xion Dock worked well with Desktop & Laptop Sata HDs

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ml#post1410200
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