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Windows 7: Can I swap my hard drive from a Toshiba A665D-S5175 to A665D-S6050

22 Jul 2015   #1

win 7 home premium 64 bit
Can I swap my hard drive from a Toshiba A665D-S5175 to A665D-S6050

I have a Toshiba A665D-S5175 running win7 home premium 64 bit that booted intermittently then finally won't boot at all. Seems to be a common issue with that model. Can't even get it to boot to the BIOS. I have to much data and programs on the drive that I need for work and need a quick solution so what I am trying to do is find another similar laptop on ebay and just swap the drive over. Problem is I can't find the exact model. Closest I have found so far is a A665D-S6050 which has a different chipset and processor. Can anyone here please tell me how close it needs to be without having issues? I think I read somewhere that the hard drive controller driver needs to be the same.. Wondering also if it would be possible to get an all together new laptop running win 7 64 bit and make that work somehow?? Any advice from someone who has dealt with this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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22 Jul 2015   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Unless the drive died, your data is still there, you just have to hook it up to another pc to retrieve it.

As long as you hook it up to another Toshiba, it should boot, I say again it SHOULD boot.
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23 Jul 2015   #3

win 7 home premium 64 bit

Hi . Thanks for your reply. The Hard Drive is fine and all the data is there. I just want to permanently install the drive in another laptop and move on. the "SHOULD" part is what I'm trying to avoid any potential problems with before I purchase either another used similar Toshiba or a brand new laptop. I don't want to buy either unless I know that it will work.
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23 Jul 2015   #4
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The issue with booting may be onboard the hard drive. Did you run Startup Repair?

Today for example I had two family PC's waiting for me when I came back from traveling that kept rebooting without any acknowledgement of the hard drive. So I started through the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start yet Startup Repair found nothing even though the Disk Check showed good and HD tested good.

So I moved the Partition Marked Active from 100mb System Reserved to C and ran Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times which only required two separate repairs from boot using the disk to move the boot files to C and make it bootable, and it started and is running fine. I just deleted the System Reserved partition.

As this is becoming a more chronic scenario, I'm wondering if an Update is futzing the SysReserved partition in some way.

See if you can repair it after rescuiing your files using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

As to starting on different hardware, unless the exact same model you may need to Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD.
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