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cant boot from former internal Hard drive

Hello tom's hardware I purchased a ssd drive and installed it problem is I need a product key its for windows 8 no disc. I took the old hard which is a Toshiba hard drive and tried to boot it with a external dock on another computer why wont it boot from that?
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  1. that's exactly my question so should I plug the dock into the computer that the hard drive was from?
  2. it says pxcie cable is not plugged in? and doesn't boot to that drive
  3. its a laptop Toshiba hard drive
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    Skormthemage said:
    Hello tom's hardware I purchased a ssd drive and installed it problem is I need a product key its for windows 8 no disc. I took the old hard which is a Toshiba hard drive and tried to boot it with a external dock on another computer why wont it boot from that?


    Install the drive normally into the computer, get the product key (which you should have had on the case when you bought 8, or can get from the PC vendor if it came with it), then stick the other drive back.

    You can't just yank a drive out and try to boot frrm it as an external drive, it's like taking out a car engine, sitting on it and wondering why it's not going anywhere. Windows is very tricky to get to boot of an external drive, and I don't think Mircrosoft allows it outside of the PE disks.
  5. product key is built into the bios. It is only good for reinstalling the OEM version that your laptop came with. Your OEM version knows where it is and will not ask you for it.
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