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Dual Boot - Booting from SSD (from laptop)

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May 27, 2014 4:32:13 AM

I have a Win7 Pro 32bit on my desktop, now I would like to add a SSD from a dead Lenovo B560 laptop which had a Win7Pro 64bit installed. I tried it on 3 different desktops, but dual boot doesn't work (no selection menu) and when I unplug the main HDDs to boot from the SSD only I get an "Recent hardware change" failure.

My question:
- is it possible to boot from that laptop SSD at all (since HW is not the same);
if yes:
- can I use the SSD as the second drive in dual boot setup?

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May 27, 2014 9:51:57 AM

You can't use the Windows installation that's on the SSD since it was installed with a different motherboard. You must reformat it and install a fresh copy of Windows from scratch when you've fitted in your desktop PC.

Yes, you can use the SSD for a dual-boot setup, or use it just for additional storage space.

Note: you can't convert a PC to dual-boot just by adding a hard drive that's already got Windows on it. It doesn't work that way and it's not as simple as that.
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June 12, 2014 3:00:21 AM

Hi,
sorry for replying so late.
I got the SSD to work in a HP laptop, got the W7 and MSO codes, so the SSD, which turned out to be a HDD after all, will serve as a backup drive.

Thank you for your answer. :) 

LP
Alen

Phillip Corcoran said:
You can't use the Windows installation that's on the SSD since it was installed with a different motherboard. You must reformat it and install a fresh copy of Windows from scratch when you've fitted in your desktop PC.

Yes, you can use the SSD for a dual-boot setup, or use it just for additional storage space.

Note: you can't convert a PC to dual-boot just by adding a hard drive that's already got Windows on it. It doesn't work that way and it's not as simple as that.


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