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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 Win7 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 Win7 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 Win7 boot.
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