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Windows 7: Harddisc Drive Notebook to Desktop


04 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7601
 
 
Harddisc Drive Notebook to Desktop

Hello,

Is it possible to connect a Notebook HDD to my Destop?
Because i've got a Notebook HDD with a lock in it and i need to format it but i cannot access the HDD,
So It's a Toshiba 320 GB HDD SATA.

I hope you can help me.

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04 Feb 2013   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Hard drives are electronically (and sometimes also physically) the same. You should be able to connect it to your desktop and do whatever you want with the drive.
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04 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7601
 
 

Okay i tried to connect my HDD ( notebook ) and enabled into my bios. but i cannot boot up. I see windows is starting but it stays for 10 min... on the HDD of the notebook there is Windows 7 installed but when i choose wich Windows 7 i wanted to choose i see 1 win 7 in stead of 2.
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04 Feb 2013   #4

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
Easier way

1) Remove HDD from notebook -- really simple
2) Boot up desktop -- don't connect the PC disk yet.
3) use SATA ==>USB2 adapter (really cheap) and connect to a USB2 slot.
4) now format the external disk drive. - If it doesn't assign a letter to the drive go into computer management --administrative tools - disk management. You should see the drive even if no letter is assigned.

Right mouse click and format it.

Here's a picture of a laptop SATA==>USB connector. You don't need any enclosures etc for the HDD - the adapter is just fine by itself - the power comes from the USB slot.

No need to open the desktop and fiddle with MOBO.

(After you've formatted the drive you'll need to install an OS on it if you want to re-use it in the laptop again. just put the disk back into the laptop and install Windows).

If you really want to keep the HDD in your desktop then ensure the BIOS boot sequence doesn't point to the HDD you've connected to the MOBO -- quite frankly I'd use it as an external USB drive. These drives aren't terribly fast so the idea of a desktop booting from one of these is NOT a good idea, These are great though as external HDD's for backups / archives / video files etc.

If money allows - put an SSD as a boot device in all your computers - especially the laptop if you use it a lot.

Cheers
jimbo


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04 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
Easier way

1) Remove HDD from notebook -- really simple
2) Boot up desktop -- don't connect the PC disk yet.
3) use SATA ==>USB2 adapter (really cheap) and connect to a USB2 slot.
4) now format the external disk drive. - If it doesn't assign a letter to the drive go into computer management --administrative tools - disk management. You should see the drive even if no letter is assigned.

Right mouse click and format it.

Here's a picture of a laptop SATA==>USB connector. You don't need any enclosures etc for the HDD - the adapter is just fine by itself - the power comes from the USB slot.

No need to open the desktop and fiddle with MOBO.

(After you've formatted the drive you'll need to install an OS on it if you want to re-use it in the laptop again. just put the disk back into the laptop and install Windows).

If you really want to keep the HDD in your desktop then ensure the BIOS boot sequence doesn't point to the HDD you've connected to the MOBO -- quite frankly I'd use it as an external USB drive. These drives aren't terribly fast so the idea of a desktop booting from one of these is NOT a good idea, These are great though as external HDD's for backups / archives / video files etc.

If money allows - put an SSD as a boot device in all your computers - especially the laptop if you use it a lot.

Cheers
jimbo

So you sure about it, i really need a SATA HDD > USB because i don't wanted to spend unnecessary money ^^
BTW the HDD of the Notebook has a lock so my question is, can i format it ( does windows has the premision to access the HDD )
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04 Feb 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

What is the problem with booting the HD in the notebook it came out of? Let's start there. Everything possible is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start including tools to copy out your files and clean reinstall or run Factory Recovery.

To move HD to another PC, it cannot be expected to boot due to the difference in hardware, HID and SID. But you can adjust this by booting free Paragon Adaptive Restore CD. Boot the CD, point it at the OS on the new HD and run PNP Restore, providing via CD or flash stick any drivers it requests for the HD from the laptop's Support Downloads webpage chipset download.
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05 Feb 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What is the problem with booting the HD in the notebook it came out of? Let's start there. Everything possible is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start including tools to copy out your files and clean reinstall or run Factory Recovery.

To move HD to another PC, it cannot be expected to boot due to the difference in hardware, HID and SID. But you can adjust this by booting free Paragon Adaptive Restore CD. Boot the CD, point it at the OS on the new HD and run PNP Restore, providing via CD or flash stick any drivers it requests for the HD from the laptop's Support Downloads webpage chipset download.
First i need to connect the HDD with connector from SATA to USB to my Destop to format the disc <- IF thats possible because of the HDD lock. After that i need to install Windows 7 64x plus i need a bios reset because the bios is protected with a password..
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05 Feb 2013   #8

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
a SATA==>USB is only around 5 USD.

Another solution -- if you have access to another computer download a bootable copy of something like Partition Manager(FREE) . It should boot from a USB stick or a CD / DVD (you'll have to burn an ISO).

(These stand alone partition managers are usually LINUX based -- don't get scared --the GUI is really simple on these -- so as far as the HDD is concerned it's just a DATA disk --any Windows data can be erased etc etc).

Boot the partition manager software and now format the HDD -- this should work fine from an independent stand alone OS like Partition Manager.

Now install Windows -- if you need to create a bootable Windows install disc or USB there's plenty of advice / tutorials on the Forum.

Here's some info over FREE partition managers.

Best Free Partition Manager

If the BIOS is protected with a password - you'll have to enter that -- even the stand alone Partition manager won't boot unless you enable the DVD or USB drive as a bootable drive or it's in the boot sequence.

To reset the BIOS password you'll have to do some research yourself

Here are some places to get you started -- BUT TAKE CARE otherwise your laptop will end up just being a Doorstop --I think when applied to Mobile phones it's called "Bricked".

http://www.tech-faq.com/reset-bios-password.html

Cheers
jimbo
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05 Feb 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What is the problem with booting the HD in the notebook it came out of? Let's start there. Everything possible is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start including tools to copy out your files and clean reinstall or run Factory Recovery.

To move HD to another PC, it cannot be expected to boot due to the difference in hardware, HID and SID. But you can adjust this by booting free Paragon Adaptive Restore CD. Boot the CD, point it at the OS on the new HD and run PNP Restore, providing via CD or flash stick any drivers it requests for the HD from the laptop's Support Downloads webpage chipset download.
Hello i tried to use the Bootrec.exe tool but after running the tool i cannot access my C: and he only found a X: ( the boot disc ) so i cannot access the C: drive. i tried to open the laptop cover and check if everything is ok and it seems its well connected like it should. when i tried to install WIN 7 it saids,

Windows cannot be installed to the disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to the disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enables in the computer's BIOS menu. ( i cannot access the bios because its PASSWORD protected, but why the NOTEBOOK startsup with this disk? The disk i use is a BOOTABLE DISK. )

If i tried to create a NEW partition it saids,

Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space. [Error: 0x8007045d].

I hope you guys can help me.

EDIT: Even downloading Testdisk @ http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
Iam not able to Delete the partition ( it saids Write error: Can't clear partition table. )
I tried to analyse the disk and it saids, Partition: Read error.

There is the command prop images,


after that i see this list but what should i do?

Note
Code:
C:
is my USB

I clicked [Intel] but all the options doesnt work for me. Every time i get the same error, Partition: Read error. OR cant find partition.

Okay I istalled the Minitool Partition Wizard Home Edidtion v7.7 on my USB and i can run the program. HE FOUND THE TOSHIBA DISK but it saids ( BAD DISK ) iam currently running a Partition Recovery Wizard so i hope it will find some errors.
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05 Feb 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Run the Partition Wizard Partition surface test and Partition Wizard Check File System to confirm the condition of your HD. You can check also if your HD maker has its own HD Diagnostic extended CD scan.

If necessary replace your HD then follow these same steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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