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Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by n0nickrick, Jan 23, 2012.

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  1. n0nickrick

    n0nickrick Thread Starter

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    I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks :)
     
  2. Hughv

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    Does the internal have an OS?
     
  3. n0nickrick

    n0nickrick Thread Starter

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    Yes, both have windows XP home
     
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    Unless both laptops have the same hardware ie chipset, etc; it is not going to boot. Next issue is that if the drive in question has an oem type install ie what comes on a dell, etc, you cannot use it on another system. OEM type windows lic live and die with the original hardware.
     
  5. n0nickrick

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    Thats what I needed to know. I appreciate the information. Thanks so much for the fast and friendly replies.
     
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