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i replaced a dead primary hard drive with another used one. Computer doesn't recognize it. whats wrong?

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August 17, 2014 1:23:07 PM

The hard drive in my mothers computer died. Blue screen of death. So, i took the hard drive out of my computer and installed it. When i boot it up, it either goes to a black screen with a flashing white underscore, or it says "secondary hard disk drive 0 not found" The drive is fine, i think? It worked perfectly in my other computer. I have windows installed on it and everything. Its not new. What do i need to do to fix this?

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a c 86 G Storage
August 17, 2014 1:28:21 PM

you can't just take a hd from one pc and put it in another and expect it to work. windows installs for that particular motherboard and software and hardware.
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a b G Storage
August 17, 2014 1:34:29 PM

You cant just take one from your PC and put in the other PC. You would need to reinstall windows that came with her PC onto that drive, but you would lose everything off that drive. You would be better off to put that drive back in your PC and start over. How do you know the hard drive died, did the pc fail to boot up properly? Other hardware can cause BSODs.
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August 20, 2014 6:48:23 PM

thomaseyes said:
The hard drive in my mothers computer died. Blue screen of death. So, i took the hard drive out of my computer and installed it. When i boot it up, it either goes to a black screen with a flashing white underscore, or it says "secondary hard disk drive 0 not found" The drive is fine, i think? It worked perfectly in my other computer. I have windows installed on it and everything. Its not new. What do i need to do to fix this?


These other 2 are completely correct, but you don't need to completely remove the first HDD from the equation. The BSOD doesn't mean the drive is dead, it just means the software is screwed up. Reinstall windows on that drive and use it.
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