Swapping Hard Drives

Taras49

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The battery in my older HP laptop is not charging; if I remove the hard drive (which I am capable of doing), and install it into another laptop will the receiving laptop behave like the old laptop?
 

TerryNet

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A hard drive should not impact a laptop charging or not charging.
 

flavallee

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You also cannot remove a hard drive containing a Windows operating system from one laptop and install it in another laptop.
If you do, that other laptop will likely display an error/warning message when you power it on.

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Couriant

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Take out the battery and use the AC adapter only. If the computer does not boot up, then the issue is with the AC adapter. However, more than likely it's the battery, especially if the computer is old.

This link should also apply to you, so please do this before removing the battery:
Check the battery before starting windows
 

Couriant

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If you get a pass or calibrate, then your battery should be fine, however here are the other states the test will show:

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If it shows Weak or Replace, then you need to replace the battery.
 

Taras49

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I did a little trouble shooting and found that the DC Jack was faulty; I was able to get the broken jack out, copied the serial number on the tag and ordered a new one. We'll see if I disturbed anything while taking it out (it doesn't appear so) or if I break something putting the new DC Jack in.
Thanks for the advice
 

Couriant

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I did a little trouble shooting and found that the DC Jack was faulty; I was able to get the broken jack out, copied the serial number on the tag and ordered a new one. We'll see if I disturbed anything while taking it out (it doesn't appear so) or if I break something putting the new DC Jack in.
Thanks for the advice
I have found laptops to have a detachable port so I think you should be fine :) I have had to repair on on a Dell with relative ease.
 

Gr3iz

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I've had to desolder and replace some, but the ones on a cable are soooo much easier!
 

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