IBM laptop HDD in another brand laptop

By j4g3d
Nov 12, 2012
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  1. Ok guys,

    so I have a old IBM laptop which is partitioned as follows, C,D,E,F. It is a 80GB ide.

    I want it to work on a old dell laptop, how do I go about getting it to boot up and work in the dell?

    I have already tried putting the ibm drive into the dell, slapping a xp cd in and doing a repair install but no joy. Wont even boot up.

    Someone told me to try and do a boot sector repair....

    Any suggestions that will work?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +585

    Of course there are problems - - you need the hardware drivers for the Dell.

    get the make/model of the dell, go to there site, find support/drivers and download them to a CD or USB.
  3. j4g3d

    j4g3d TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17


    where about do I put these drivers once downloaded?

    Can I not just copy them somehow from the dell hdd to the ibm hdd ? then put the ibm hdd in the dell and away I go?

    Maybe copy MBR?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +585

    It is my understanding that the sequence goes like this:

    1. download all to a CD and have that ready for a recovery
    2. boot the Dell into RECOVERY MODE
    3. tell it you have the drivers which will prompt for them
    4. insert cd from (1) and that will install them
    AWAIT FURTHER FOLLOW-UP after performing (1). I'm rusty on this and some others will have more details - - -

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