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Windows 7: Ok to swap hard drive to test pc?

11 Jan 2014   #1
seven

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Ok to swap hard drive to test pc?

Is it ok to swap a hard drive from an Acer laptop to a Gateway? Just to to test if the Gateway's problem is the hard drive? Will that cause problems? Will it ruin the hard drive to try?


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11 Jan 2014   #2
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I dont see why not. There should not be any issues that come to mind; other than just making the connections on both systems are the same. Other than that; it should a-ok to do a swap.
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11 Jan 2014   #3
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

What are you testing for the hard drive to spin up and be read? You could check that externally with a drive dock or usb cable. As far as getting the lappy to boot without new drivers you'll likely hit a snag to boot into windows !
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11 Jan 2014   #4
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
What are you testing for the hard drive to spin up and be read? You could check that externally with a drive dock or usb cable. As far as getting the lappy to boot without new drivers you'll likely hit a snag to boot into windows !
True this as far as getting the laptop to boot into windows. Without the drivers installed; the drive will not function in windows as the driver is what tells the hard drive "how to work/operate".
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12 Jan 2014   #5
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

also some oem versions of windows dont allow significant hardware changes such as the mobo which will cause booting issues.
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12 Jan 2014   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

What problems are you testing for?
You may invalidate the w7 from the Acer by putting it in a Gateway
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13 Jan 2014   #7
seven

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I wanted to see if the Gateway wouldn't boot because of a bad hard drive. I put the Acer drive in it and it booted up and actually Windows looked pretty good. So the answer is yes it told me what I needed to know.
Also I put the drive back in the Acer and Windows is ok. I think the Acer has a bad graphics card. I hope to get a hard drive for the Gateway and it should work .
I've heard if you inform Microsoft you can move your copy of Windows to another computer as long as it's only on one pc. But I'll probably just buy another Windows disc.
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