Can i swap hdd

By eyemfedup2 ยท 4 replies
Dec 15, 2009
  1. I'm curious
    if i have a gateway laptop with a hdd and i want to swap it out say in a dell
    will it work?

    i mean like Compaq and hp are basically the same right

    gateway and acer

    if i swapped it out will it hurt the drive or just blue screen
    I'm assuming the video driver are the culprit but I'm not sure

    lots of times people try to sell hdd with a OS on it like its a big deal
    but most likely it wont match

    am i thinking correctly
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    It won't hurt the Hard Drive hardware
    But it will likely bluescreen, but not because of Video drivers, but because of different hardware chipset and installed drivers for the different chipsets (like Intel and AMD, and many others)

    I hope this helps :)
  3. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    so if its an intel chipset it just may work?
    worth experimenting if it wont hurt the hdd
    thank you O great and powerful OZ
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    That's right, if they are both the same chipsets, then it may work, but due to the amount of other conflicting drivers also installed, it may not

    Also note that by doing this you may and highly likely will corrupt the original working Windows, which will then not work when mounted back into the original machine
  5. eyemfedup2

    eyemfedup2 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 69

    that's what i was afraid of
    oh well
    another experiment for another day
    thanks again
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