Re: Laptop HDD Swap HELP ?
The short answer is No. You can't just swap the drives. One of the reasons is the OEM Windows OS. It is only legally licensed for the PC it was delivered with. Second, there are driver files on the disc for the specific hardware, which can be (and usually is) different on two different machines.
What you can do, if you want to swap the drives, is first make a disc image (of the entire drive all partitions) and save that to a separate drive. Then, restore the HP disc image to the 500GB drive and restore the Lenovo to the 1TB drive. This requires another separate USB connected drive to do this. You may not have another drive but you really should be making full disc backups anyway so getting one is not a big issue. You can download the free version of Macrium Reflect disc image software to do it. Do not use "Clone", its iffy to start with (some have no problems with it and others it never works), stick with the disc image. Macrium Reflect Free
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