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Transferring Win 8 system drive from laptop to desktop

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    Transferring Win 8 system drive from laptop to desktop


    Hi,

    I'm new to the forum, and like everyone else I'm looking to learn stuff!

    I'm planning on moving an SSD system drive from a laptop that is starting to experience difficulties to a desktop PC.


    I'm retired now and my laptop never moves off my desk, so this has offered an opportunity to upgrade at little expense.
    My laptop is an HP Compaq Presario CQ61, dual core Pentium 4 T4300 2.1GHz with 2 x 120GB SSD drives installed.


    The desktop I want to upgrade with the SSD drives is an HP DX6120 Pentium 4 HTT 3.2GHz unit that I've picked up very cheap.


    I know a clean install of either Windows 7 or Windows 8 would be best practice,
    but is there a way I could just transfer the disk to the PC ?


    Any and all advice would be appreciated.


    Thanks


    Chris

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    You could transfer the OS that is currently on the desktop to the SSD. But the OS from the laptop will not work on the desktop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrispy View Post
    Hi,

    I'm new to the forum, and like everyone else I'm looking to learn stuff!

    I'm planning on moving an SSD system drive from a laptop that is starting to experience difficulties to a desktop PC.


    I'm retired now and my laptop never moves off my desk, so this has offered an opportunity to upgrade at little expense.
    My laptop is an HP Compaq Presario CQ61, dual core Pentium 4 T4300 2.1GHz with 2 x 120GB SSD drives installed.


    The desktop I want to upgrade with the SSD drives is an HP DX6120 Pentium 4 HTT 3.2GHz unit that I've picked up very cheap.

    I know a clean install of either Windows 7 or Windows 8 would be best practice,
    but is there a way I could just transfer the disk to the PC ?


    Any and all advice would be appreciated.


    Thanks


    Chris


    You could transfer the OS that is currently on the desktop to the SSD. But the OS from the laptop will not work on the desktop.
    Ever since W7 it has been pretty good on other hardware systems, I've done it many times using an image back up from my rig to another PC with different hardware. I would assume 8 is no different. It wouldn't hurt to try to boot that SSD to your PC, if that doesn't work you could try imaging the drive to the other SSD using Acronis universal restore and see if you can boot off the newly imaged drive. I say your chances are pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrispy View Post
    I know a clean install of either Windows 7 or Windows 8 would be best practice,
    but is there a way I could just transfer the disk to the PC ?


    Any and all advice would be appreciated.


    Thanks


    Chris
    Welcome Chris!

    Won't work if Win8 preinstalled by OEM on laptop. Otherwise, there are quite a few options you could consider. Apparently, you won't be involved in the complications of UEFI. In this regard, the Acronis site emphasizes the capability of Acronis True Image in migrating from and to dissimilar hardware. See the "Add migration" tab in the link, etc. Another program that is often mentioned when wanting to do "heroic" things is Paragon Hard Disk Manager (and there is a free Paragon version/tool that is very capable in some such contexts). See this link especially in regard to Paragon Hard Disk Manager--for home use. WRT Paragon, this tutorial is a good one, but don't know if the procedure would work from SSD to HDD (includes a link to the free version).
    Last edited by znod; 25 Mar 2013 at 13:43.
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    He mentioned P4, I doubt it came with W8 so I think he's good to go since there is no UEFI and Secure Boot support on a P4.
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    Right, I didn't need the word, "apparently."
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    Thanks gents,

    Windows 8 was not pre-installed so that won't be a problem.
    I'll do a complete backup of everything and give it a try.
    I do have my recovery disk, if needed
    If it doesn't work I'll just do a fresh install.
    It's just a pain re-installing all my software!

    Thanks again

    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    You could transfer the OS that is currently on the desktop to the SSD. But the OS from the laptop will not work on the desktop.
    Hi there
    It Might actually work -- not guaranteed - but W8 whatever the detractors say about W8 hardware detection is pretty good so after a bit of "Huffing and puffing" as it gets devices you might find it works.

    I copied a W8 installation from an ACER laptop with an INTEL i3 CPU to a desktop with an AMD Phenom CPU -- and it worked OK

    It was Windows Enterprise so I didn't have any activation problems (Enterprise is VL). Your Windows might well want re-activation again but shouldn't be a problem --do it by phone.

    Just plug the SSD into a SATA slot on the desktop and try booting -- see what happens. Don't wipe the desktop's C drive yet - switch the boot priority in the BIOS to boot the SSD first.

    Don't wipe the SSD yet -- even if it Doesn't boot there are some ways of fixing it such as creating a W8 recovery disk and then re-start in "Repair your PC".

    Before you disconnect the laptop check in the BIOS to see if AHCI is set -- you'll need same settings on the desktop too.

    Another one to check is if there is an ACPI power setting -- this needs to be the same on both machines in the BIOS otherwise 100% guarantee you'll get a boot failure or BSOD.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Thanks Jimbo, I'll keep all that in mind!
    In fact I'll print it down because both my systems will be down!
    Desktop should be in the mail in the morning.

    Thanks again

    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrispy View Post
    Thanks gents,

    Windows 8 was not pre-installed so that won't be a problem.
    I'll do a complete backup of everything and give it a try.
    I do have my recovery disk, if needed
    If it doesn't work I'll just do a fresh install.
    It's just a pain re-installing all my software!

    Thanks again

    Chris
    You are very welcome, and good luck.
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