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Windows 7: Problems Choosing Which HDD to Boot From

20 Dec 2014   #1
Rubyfruit

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Problems Choosing Which HDD to Boot From

After my old computer's motherboard bit the dust, I moved that hard drive onto a new PC. This is where I'm running into major issues, or rather, a major issue that is giving me a headache.

When I tried to make that hard drive the primary one, Windows wouldn't run; it just kept taking me to System Repair. I know that Windows 7 is on there.

This hard drive, which is a data drive right now, is where all my programs and files are, and the hard drive that came with this PC doesn't have nearly enough space for all of it (new hard drive is only 80 GB, the one I'm trying to get to boot is 500 GB, of which 220 GB is filled). I don't have a Windows disk (that and I had to sacrifice my DVD drive to get the second hard drive connected. Is there a way of fixing this issue?

Thank you, and also, hello, everyone.


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20 Dec 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Installing a old hard drive with Windows 7 installed into a computer with a new (different) motherboard/new PC in my opinion should have a Clean Install of Windows 7.

***Did your old computer come with Windows 7 installed?***

***Did your new computer come with Windows 7 installed?***

Back up the things you want to save to a external drive.

Read through these tutorial by Brink carefully.

You will need a new COA for Windows 7 unless you are using a Retail version.


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20 Dec 2014   #3
mdd1963

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

You can't easily/simply move a hard drive from one computer over to another (with dissimilar chipsets/cpus/drivers/GPU/integrated MB components, etc., and simply expect to boot and run Windows from it....

If you can access your data and files, back up what you need from it, delete the partitions/repartition as you desire, and do a clean install....you will thank yourself later.
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20 Dec 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rubyfruit View Post
After my old computer's motherboard bit the dust, I moved that hard drive onto a new PC.............

This hard drive, which is a data drive right now, is where all my programs and files are.........
If this hard drive had a Windows OEM license and installation, you should expect problems when putting it in a "new PC".

The license won't be valid on this new PC.

Or do you have a non-OEM license?
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20 Dec 2014   #5
Rubyfruit

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks a lot. I can still access all of my files. But issues I'm having with running games on that Hard drive is probably an issue for a different board. That was most of the reason why I think I needed to be able to make my old hard drive bootable.
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