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ok to swap an external harddrive into a laptop?

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September 29, 2005 5:59:24 PM

I've just become the proud owner of a Fujitsu S6240A. Only problem is the mingy 40gb harddrive.

<A HREF="" target="_new">specs</A>

I also have a Lacie mobile harddrive, which I believe uses a laptop size harddrive.

<A HREF="" target="_new">like this, but sadly 4200rpm.</A>

I'd like to take the harddrive out of the Lacie, and swap it into the laptop. Can anyone think of any reasons why this would be a bad idea?

The process, as I imagine it:

format the external drive.
remove from external enclosure
remove internal harddrive from laptop
replace with lacie external
boot up with a boot diskette and pray it recognizes
install OS
be happy

does this seem reasonable to everyone?



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September 29, 2005 6:20:54 PM

shouldnt have any problems. There is no difference between and external hardrive and an internal hardrive as far as the actual drive is concerned.
September 30, 2005 11:49:55 AM

As long as it is built to take the same sort of physical stress, not all laptops are stationary objects.

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October 1, 2005 7:18:14 AM

not all laptops are stationary objects

nor are most portable hard drives...

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October 1, 2005 4:33:57 PM

Unless you need a reinstall you can use a program such as True Image 8 (my new favorite) or Ghost 9 (old favorite) to copy your os to the new drive first.

Just make sure you mount the external hard drive and remove its drive letter before booting to true image/ghost!

Otherwise there registry will remember that drive as X: and your OS will be on X: while all the references will still refer to C: !