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Windows 7: Migrating HDD to new case


26 Nov 2012   #1

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 
Migrating HDD to new case

So here's my situation I have a desktop (IDE/PATA) running Umbutu 12 and our laptop (SATA) craped out but the OS is fine (it the CPU that died.) So I slapped it into a usb case and plugged it into desktop.

with the IDE unplugged it boots to Windows so I know that works. but with the IDE in it boots to Umbutu i have modified the bootloader so there is a choice to boot into one or the other. But when I boot windows I'm getting a loop of "windows is loading files..." then reboots. I know when in the laptop i can get to the user screen but not in the desktop.

I've migrated the drive between laptops before but it doesnt work this way

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26 Nov 2012   #2
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Plug laptop HD into an internal HD port with adapter cable, or image/clone the laptop Windows 7 partition via USB onto a partition created on the desktop HD. I would use Acronis premium cloning app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in mix, or free Macrium.

Install Paragon Virualization Manager to adapt Windows 7 to the new hardware.

After adjustment, reboot and tap the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key to trigger moved HD to boot, or mark partition Active to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to reassert Windows 7 boot.
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