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Windows 7: can I swap data by use of external hard drive enclosure.

05 Apr 2016   #1
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 
can I swap data by use of external hard drive enclosure.

Hope I have given this thread the right description.

This is the situation.

I have today removed the hard drive "Seagate SATA 500 GB " from my old (dead) DELL Inspiron M 501R laptop ( windows 7 SP 1 )

I am going to buy an external enclosure to move all the data ( hopefully ) to my other HP windows 7 SP 1 professional laptop.

When I succeed in this and all the data from the DELL are on the HP, could I then afterwards remove all the old data from the HP on the hard drive from the DELL. In other words, could I do a 100% swap ?

Make the HP an windows 7 SP 1 ?

I would first formate the DELL hard drive completely clean. ( After successfully having transferred EVERYTHING to the HP. )

Could I do this by using Macrium Reflect ?

Is this a silly idea ?

You might ask why ? Just so that if it does not work I can move it all back ?

Thanks for any help in advance.
Cheers,
Thelma


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05 Apr 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thelma View Post
I have today removed the hard drive "Seagate SATA 500 GB " from my old (dead) DELL Inspiron M 501R laptop ( windows 7 SP 1 )

I am going to buy an external enclosure to move all the data ( hopefully ) to my other HP windows 7 SP 1 professional laptop.

When I succeed in this and all the data from the DELL are on the HP, could I then afterwards remove all the old data from the HP on the hard drive from the DELL.

I don't understand this last sentence. Do you mean "move the data on the HP hard drive to the Dell hard drive"?

If that's what you mean, yes you can, assuming what's moved is just data, as opposed to Windows.




Make the HP an windows 7 SP 1 ?


I don't understand this. You said above that the HP was already Windows 7 SP 1.



I would first formate the DELL hard drive completely clean. ( After successfully having transferred EVERYTHING to the HP. )

Could I do this by using Macrium Reflect ?

I don't understand why you would involve Macrium if all you want to do is move data from one hard drive to another. Data can be moved with a mouse or keyboard only.

Is this a silly idea ?

It's not silly to move data around to suit your own purposes, but I'm not at all sure I understand what you are trying to do.

Maybe you can rewrite what you are trying to do and in particular confirm that all you want to do is move DATA, not Windows and not installed applications.

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05 Apr 2016   #3
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

As Iggy said, as long as you want to transfer data (pictures, documents, spreadsheets, videos, etc...) and not the OS or programs you can do that easily. You may need to "Take Ownership" of the data however, if after you have copied your data you're prevented from accessing it, post back and we'll help you with that. You only need Windows Explorer (no need for any 3rd party programs like Macrium). You should be able to simply drag and drop the folders/files you wish to transfer from the external drive to the internal drive.
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05 Apr 2016   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You don`t need Macrium Reflect, just copy and paste the data, then verify it on the HP.

Not sure what you`re talking about Thelma, but of course you can format the old drive and start using it for storage, but you don`t transfer everything from the old Dell drive, just your data.

And what do you mean "Make the HP a windows 7 SP1 ????

Doesn`t it already have windows on it ??

Please explain....
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05 Apr 2016   #5
TrustMe

 
 

If I understand correctly, you want to move all your data (personal files) to the HP laptop, format the old Dell hard drive after all the data is on the HP computer, make an image of the HP hard drive with Macrium Reflect, then restore that image to the old Dell hard drive and place it in the HP computer. Is that correct?

Yes, if that is what you want to do. I'm not familiar with Macrium Reflect so I will let other members help you with that.
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05 Apr 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If that`s what you want to do, Trustme has explained it perfectly.

You should use Windows built in imaging AND Macrium Reflect to make images, redundancy is better.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Macrium Reflect Free

Both programs are very simple to use.
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05 Apr 2016   #7
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Sorry for the confusion, I am only learning and don't use the right computer language.

I realise now, through your answers ( thanks a lot ) that there is a BIG difference between data transfere and OS transfere.

See, I was hoping to put the whole Windows 7 SP 1 Home premium from the DELL ( which I love ) onto the HP. A bit like seeing the two laptops as just briefcases that you can empty completely and fill again.

But I now understand my mistake in thinking, you cannot change the briefcases, being one ( DELL) Windows home premium, and the other ( HP) Windows professional. But you can transfere the DATA !!!!

I am with you now, again sorry for confusion.

You know, for not computer littered people there is often a big problem in understanding what is actually the program you are in and where that influence ends ( with all it's good and bad points ) apart from all the general data issues.

I went to a big Media Markt here in Worgl, Tirol. They only had one item on stock.

www.icebow.de

The fellow explained there is no market for them annymore ?????

info : 2.5 External HDD Enlosure. IB-231 Series Super speed USB 3.0 Intergrage. Status Led Power and Access. Fnless ( Silent)

Price ; 24.99 Euro.

Will go to Innsbruck tomorrow ( Ower big city ) and into Saturn, they have loads.

Can someone please recommend a good Enclosure, because I think it will be also good for furute use as an extra Hard Disk to use as an overflow.

Thanks a lot allready for all your help and explications .
Thelma
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05 Apr 2016   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thelma View Post

See, I was hoping to put the whole Windows 7 SP 1 Home premium from the DELL ( which I love ) onto the HP. A bit like seeing the two laptops as just briefcases that you can empty completely and fill again.

But I now understand my mistake in thinking, you cannot change the briefcases, being one ( DELL) Windows home premium, and the other ( HP) Windows professional. But you can transfere the DATA !!!!


www.icebow.de


I know next to nothing about enclosures, but that icebow link you provided goes nowhere, at least according to my browser. Can't be found.

You've got 2 laptops. Each came with a motherboard and it's own Windows license---one of them Professional and the other Home Premium

Those are "OEM" licenses. The Professional license can be used ONLY on the laptop on which it was originally included.

The Home Premium license can be used ONLY on the laptop on which it was originally included.

In other words---if the Professional license came with the HP, you can't install THAT Professional license on the Dell or any other machine. You could try and it might "work" at first, but you'd likely have licensing and updating issues sooner or later.

If you had "retail" licenses rather than OEM licenses, you could move them to some other machine.

Your personal data is not subject to Microsoft licenses, so you can move it anywhere.
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05 Apr 2016   #9
thelma

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Iggy, you made it now perfectly clear, no messing with licenses , and thanks for your time and concern , always appreciated !!!!

Thelma
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05 Apr 2016   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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