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Transferring old Hard Drive into new same model laptop?

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April 16, 2013 12:04:09 PM

Long story short, I have an HP DV7-4165dx and the motherboard went bad. I was able to purchase the same model laptop for cheaper than replacing the motherboard. I would like to know if I can just switch out the hard drive in the new (same model) computer with my old hard drive without running into issues. Again, this is the same model, same hardware, same OS, just a different serial model.

Secondly, if you think this will cause an issue (switching the hard drives), this model has a slot for a second internal hard drive. If it will cause issues just switching them, can I place the old hd in the second slot and just use it as a secondary storage, plus still have access to my old files?

I guess that wasn't so short. Thanks in advance.
a c 258 D Laptop
a c 200 V Motherboard
a c 750 G Storage
April 16, 2013 12:08:39 PM

If it is the exact same make/model, it will probably work. The only way to know is to try it.
Due to the new motherboard, Windows might deactivate itself. But that is easily remedied via phone call to MS.
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a b G Storage
April 16, 2013 12:13:04 PM

It should work with no issue. Then you can reformat the HDD in the new one and use it as a second drive.
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April 16, 2013 9:15:18 PM

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USAFRet said:If it is the exact same make/model, it will probably work. The only way to know is to try it.
Due to the new motherboard, Windows might deactivate itself. But that is easily remedied via phone call to MS.

Thanks, I figured that regarding the Windows. As you said that is simple to remedy.

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ubercake said:It should work with no issue. Then you can reformat the HDD in the new one and use it as a second drive.

Thanks, I had already planned on doing that with the 2nd HDD, just wasn't sure if it will be my old HDD or the one in the new computer. I'm just happy that I won't have to take the computer apart again to replace the motherboard and cpu.

Thanks again for the responses.
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