Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Move Intel SSD from T400 (Core 2 Duo) to Intel NUC (Broadwell i3)?

10 Mar 2015   #1
bootz77

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
Move Intel SSD from T400 (Core 2 Duo) to Intel NUC (Broadwell i3)?

OK, some more information:

The current installation on the Lenovo T400 (Intel 330 SSD ACHI) was done using the "double install" method using Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack Upgrade. It appears the current installation would allow me to use the Sysprep method (I didn't receive an error message when running sysprep.exe), but my concern is that when I boot up the Intel 330 SSD in my new Intel NUC, the validation won't work because the Family Pack uses an Upgrade key. The key has only been used once, so I still have 2 remaining activations, but I'm not sure if that has any relevance to the situation.

Any other recommendations? I am considering manually uninstalling the drivers, doing the swap, and hoping for the best, due to the fact that the current installation sees itself as a clean install, not an upgrade.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
10 Mar 2015   #2
gregrocker

 

How do you know that activation won't work? Did you try? If the bit is already flipped from doing the double upgrade then it should reactivate with the same key since all that is needed for the transfer is to reset the hardware signature in MS Activation servers.

You also have three simultaneous activations at any one time with the Family Pack, and do not forfeit an activation for reinstalling a key to the same or other hardware. If using phone activation because web fails, then when the magic question is asked "How many installs has this copy of Win7 been made" you'd say three instead of one. If rejected again, ask for agent. If agent has problems, talk with MS Customer service who are often more attentive seeing that you get what you pay for.

What's easier than Sysprep is to reimage using a free lightweight app like Macrium Imaging - Windows 7 Help Forums then if Win7 won't boot on the new hardware as expected Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD.

Let us know how this goes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2015   #3
bootz77

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

OK, I'm back with the results! There were some scary and frustrating moments, but in the end it worked great!

I followed the Sysprep instructions (OOBE, Generalize, Shutdown). I received the "fatal error has occurred" message a couple of times. In the end, I had to disable the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service.

I moved the SSD to the Broadwell i3 NUC (Model 5I3RYH), connect the peripherals, power on, then within 5 seconds I get the dreaded "Windows 7 cannot start due to a damaged, corrupt, or missing registry." I messed around with the BIOS, tried booting in Safe Mode...nothing worked. Thankfully, I purchased a USB DVD drive, so I figured I'd try and repair the installation. I boot using the 64-bit Windows 7 Upgrade DVD and click Repair. This doesn't even work! It tells me the repair cannot be done because it is for a different version of Windows!?! At this point, things look very grim and I'm already thinking about having to do a clean install and put everything back together again using my Crashplan backup. Before that, I figure I'd give the 32-bit Upgrade DVD a shot. I click Repair, and it doesn't give me any error. Then, within a few seconds, a window pops-up telling me it appears there is a problem with the boot loader, and asks if I'd like it to be fixed. Yes!!!!!

The PC reboots, I create a temporary user as instructed by this forum's Sysprep guide, and after a couple more reboots (less than 5 minutes), I'm able to log in with my original username, and everything is the same! There was no issue with the product key. It was activated online with no need for phone activation.

In the end, I'm not sure what caused the boot loader problem. I suspect it has something to do with the original Lenovo Repair and Recovery that came with the Vista installation. Even with the issues I encountered, it took less than a hour to run the Sysprep operation, remove and install the SSD in the new PC, fix the boot loader, and boot into Windows 7.

Thank you Windows SevenForums (and thank you 32-bit Windows 7 Upgrade DVD lol)!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

13 Mar 2015   #4
gregrocker

 

Glad to hear it.

Reimaging, adjusting or moving HD often requires Startup Repair to start it, after confirming the Partition Marked Active.

That the 32-bit disk worked must mean you have a 32 bit install of Win7, so be aware that if you have more than 3.5 gb RAM then some of it is not being used - unless it is being reserved by hardware as monitored in Resource Monitor>Memory tab.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2015   #5
bootz77

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Glad to hear it.

Reimaging, adjusting or moving HD often requires Startup Repair to start it, after confirming the Partition Marked Active.

That the 32-bit disk worked must mean you have a 32 bit install of Win7, so be aware that if you have more than 3.5 gb RAM then some of it is not being used - unless it is being reserved by hardware as monitored in Resource Monitor>Memory tab.
That is the crazy part - the version installed is Windows 7 64-Bit...!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2015   #6
gregrocker

 

The disk was likely mislabeled.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Move Intel SSD from T400 (Core 2 Duo) to Intel NUC (Broadwell i3)?




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Intel unveils Broadwell desktop CPU with Iris Pro graphics at GDC 15
Read more: Intel unveils Broadwell desktop CPU with Iris Pro graphics at GDC 15 | ZDNet
News
Intel launches 5th-generation 'Broadwell' processors
Read more: Intel launches 5th-generation 'Broadwell' processors | Windows Central
News
Intel says Broadwell processors will be available for holidays
Read more at: Intel says Broadwell processors will be available for holiday PC shopping | ZDNet
News
Intel Core i5-4670K & ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 questions
I plan to upgrade to the listed components all of the rest of the hardware has been determined to be compatible. After the components are switched out I want to verify, my approach of Win 7 Pro installation will work and if not, would someone please correct me and give me advice as to the proper...
Hardware & Devices
Replace Intel Celeron 440 @ 2.0 GHz With Intel Core 2 Quad @ 3.0 GHz
I have this: ARK | Intel® Celeron® Processor 440 (512K Cache, 2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) I want to replace it with this: ARK | Intel® Core I've tried simply physically replacing one with the other, but as you may guess, it's not that simple. What do I need to do? I'm on a budget of zero. ...
Hardware & Devices
Intel Gives Core i3, Core i5 Dual-Core Processors K0 Stepping Update
more..
News


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:23.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App