Swapping laptop hard drives
by cag8f - 10/23/11 4:54 AM
Hi all. I have 2 Dell laptops. One is a working Latitude E6410 and the other is some type of older Dimension that won't power on (power port problems). I have data on the Dimension disk that I'd like to backup, so I want to swap out the Latitude disk for the Dimension.
They both utilize a Seagate Momentus 320GB, 7200RPM hard drive, wth the Dimension containing model 7200.3 and the Latitude containing model 7200.4. Both laptops are running Win 7, however the Dimension is Win 7 64 bit, while the Latitude is 32 bit. The Dimension HD obviously fits into the Latitude, but when I insert it and try to boot, Windows won't load. It get's to the Windows loading screen, then takes me to a startup repair screen. It analyzes for a bit, can't find a problem, then reboots. I'm unable to see the safe boot options -- when I press F8 at startup I'm taken to the same startup repair screen.
Any thoughts? I'm guessing the 64 bit Windows that is trying to load is expecting to see a certain hardware configuration (that of its original computer, the Dimension), but encounters that of the Latitude. Is there any way I can recover my data, aside from getting the Dimension to boot? At some point in the startup recover process, I'm able to access a command prompt. I tried plugging in a USB hard drive to attempt to backup from command prompt, but couldn't see it.
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