Laptops and Hard drives

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No problem, as all hard drives follow standards. They all use the same SATA interface.
 

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I want to put a HP hard drive into a Dell Laptop
Is that a HP hard drive, or did it come from a HP laptop?
Why do you want to install that hard drive in a Dell laptop?
If you tell us exactly what you are wanting to do, it will be easier and quicker to help you.

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FWIW, I recommend SSD drives for laptops for the simple reason they take physical abuse much better than hard disks. With my SSD equipped laptop, I don't worry about picking it up while it's running and moving it around. It's not such a great idea to do that with an operating hard disk, especially if it's actively reading/writing.
 

Orphiem

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I want to take out a ha
Is that a HP hard drive, or did it come from a HP laptop?
Why do you want to install that hard drive in a Dell laptop?
If you tell us exactly what you are wanting to do, it will be easier and quicker to help you.

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I want to take our the hard drive from my HP laptop and put it in my Dell Laptop since the dell laptop hard drive has failed. Could I use any hard drive to get the Dell to work?
 
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I assume you are running Windows 10 on the Dell.
I also assume have nothing to save and don't mind wiping the HP's drive.

Just create a Windows 10 install flash drive.
Put the drive into the Dell.
Boot the Dell and select the flash drive as the boot device
Do a custom install and delete any partitions on the drive
When Windows 10 starts the install it will create any partitions it needs.
 

Orphiem

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I assume you are running Windows 10 on the Dell.
I also assume have nothing to save and don't mind wiping the HP's drive.

Just create a Windows 10 install flash drive.
Put the drive into the Dell.
Boot the Dell and select the flash drive as the boot device
Do a custom install and delete any partitions on the drive
When Windows 10 starts the install it will create any partitions it needs.
How would I select the flash drive as the boot device? Would that be after I put the Hard drive in and it works?
 

flavallee

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I want to take our the hard drive from my HP laptop and put it in my Dell Laptop since the dell laptop hard drive has failed.
You can remove the hard drive from your HP laptop and install it in your Dell laptop.
But you will need to do a clean install of the Windows operating system afterwards.

What's the model name and exact model number of your HP laptop?
What's the model name and exact model number of your Dell laptop?
What's the exact Windows version that's currently installed in the working HP hard drive?
What's the exact Windows version that was installed in the failed Dell hard drive?

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Try F2 or F12 to select the boot menu right after you turn on the laptop.

On my old Dell laptop I have to use F12. Note the USB flash drive is selected below.

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Orphiem

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You can remove the hard drive from your HP laptop and install it in your Dell laptop.
But you will need to do a clean install of the Windows operating system afterwards.

What's the model name and exact model number of your HP laptop?
What's the model name and exact model number of your Dell laptop?
What's the exact Windows version that's currently installed in the working HP hard drive?
What's the exact Windows version that was installed in the failed Dell hard drive?

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Where can I find the model number? And the HP and the Dell are both Windows 10
 

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