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I suppose your replacement laptop will come with an OS installed, if so, make a "restore/recovery disc before anything else. However, if you remove that HD of that laptop, then it will later available. If all you really want is data from the old HD, then buying a ext. USB case and mounting it will do fine. If you actually plan to install and use "as is", it will error out even if both HPs. The OS itself will see too much difference as it wasn't installed as intended. You can re-use the HD, no thought(if not damaged). That's a side benefit of using an ext. USB case, that will certainly test it and show if any damage is present. Upon removing the HD, should make any obvious damage appear, so keep that in mind. if damage is noted, you're taking a risk to install in any other PC. If also you plan to use the win8 OS on the replacement laptop then consider it capable, it should be. look into any win8 drivers and such for that older laptop it may not be supported, so that's an issue to be addressed. All this can be seen at the support website to see what's available for that model#. As any HP s/w or OS, as long as it gets used on (1) one PC and from the brand, it may just work but that's an open question. OEM's buy in bulk as they address the OS legal issues as remaining with one PC use and their brand, so you have that covered but again, there is though easily resolved when you try it. Though t there is the chance you would have to re-install the new win8 on the older laptop. There clear as mud.
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