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Old 09-07-2011, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, recently my Dell XPS M1530 notebook had a motherboard related crash. The HD is (keeping fingers crossed) fine. I just ordered an older HP DV9000 notebook off of Ebay as a replacement. Is there any chance of my hard drive seamlessly going into the HP without a hitch? I mean, will I just be able to plug it into the new laptop and things will be like they were on my Dell? OS and all? Thanks so much.

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If they are both IDE/SATA, then yeah, you can slip it in.

However, Windows is activated to your board. So moving it will result in a re-ativation. Unless it is retail, you can re-activate it.

Also, with new hardware, Windows will get confused. It is used to a set of hardware, then all the sudden, most of that hardware isn't there anymore.

I was successful in doing so between two boards, but they had the same chipset. Not recommended for noobs :P

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Thank you! I appreciate it!
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