Hard Drive Swapping

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I have two computers and I'm trying to swap their hard drives. Is there any procedure that I can follow without loosing what I have on both computers. I've tried the shortcut and it was asking for me to activate the key online, which is kinda weird. Is there anyway to do it. Please HELP!!!!
 
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I think it would be a lot more helpful if you posted more informaton. What type of computers, what type of hard drives, what OS are you using on them? What's the reason for the swap?
 

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One is Gateway n-600 and the other one is Dell.Both OS are XPs, the 'from PC' HD is 40gb and the 'To PC' is 80gb. I'm changing the cases because one of them look old. I hope it helps a little bit.
 
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Just so I'm clear, you want the hard drive that's "from PC" to still contain the information it has and you want it in the new PC right? Or are you trying to take the info from the old hard drive and put it on the new hard drive and vice versa?
 

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Yes I want mainly just to swap the hard drives around. That will be perfectly fine with me.
 
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You can't straight swap one for the other with no other hardware. With the hardware in each different, simply moving them will not be able to boot either without reinstalling Windows clean. If you had a third hard drive with 2 partitions, you could use a program like Acronis True Image, and make an image file of one to save, then clone one drive to the other and restore the image file you made to the other drive.
 
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