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Can I copy the hardrive from one laptop to another?

By Chronus
Aug 13, 2013
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  1. I've purchased a laptop, and it *should* be arriving on the 19th. I did this because the graphics on my old laptop is shot, and I can only see the top centimeter clearly.

    The new laptop is Windows 8, while the old one is 7.

    I would assume that there is a way to do this, but is there a way to make it automated? For example, crate a .bat file and run the file from a flash drive to start the transfer. Or some other way to start the transfer without being able to see exactly what I'm doing on the old laptop.

    I can still use the old laptop, just without a gui to show me what I'm doing. The laptop is still under warranty, so I don't want to try opening the laptop and taking the hard drive out. I don't want to risk accidentally doing something that would void my warranty.

    Or in my situation, would it be better to go somewhere and pay to have the hard drive copied from the old laptop to the new.


    Once this is done, I want to do a hard drive wipe/return to default, as I don't want to hand my laptop over to be repaired with all of my personal information still on the laptop. What would be the best way of going about this. (It is likely that I will be receiving a replacement laptop of some sort, and so don't know if I will be receiving the same hard drive back or not.)
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,658   +82

    Basically what we use to do for our clients was to download and zip up:
    C:\Users\Name

    If you download 7z is a free zip and compression tool You could download the files you want then transfer them to the new PC.

    Mostly transfer all My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, Cookies, Favorites, Links, Downloads. Desktop Icons optional since your not going to have the same OS changing the system.

    Another way you can put the other laptop on the network and then share out what you need. If the other PC is failing you might want to take either option.
  4. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Posts: 527

    Are u sure the graphics card is gone have u tried to plug your laptop in to an external monitor and see if u get anything .. as it could be a screen problem
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,468   +622

    ^-- This.

    Also, opening up the laptop to replace HDD is not going to void warranty, as long as the HDD is covered by a door that is easily accessible.
  6. Chronus

    Chronus TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 130

    http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/sudden-graphics-issue-on-dell-laptop.195152/
    This link is to my topic about what happens to my laptop. And at this point its worse, I can see less now than before, and I can't see enough to even verify what location I am on the address bar.

    As for opening the laptop, to gain access to the hard drive I would have to take the keyboard off, which it is attached to the bottom of the laptop by wires. Giving me about a fingers width to work in without unclipping these wires.
  7. Chronus

    Chronus TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 130

    From Microsoft:


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