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#153846 9-Oct-2014 16:29
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Hello everyone I just have one question, just wondering I have 2 laptops and one of them has a broken lbs screen the other can't load up windows, can I put the hard drive from the broken screen into the one with the broken operating system? Ones a Toshiba and the other is a Asus thanks.


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  #1150824 9-Oct-2014 16:33
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You can put it in, sure, but it's 50/50 whether windows will boot. Maybe in safe mode.

Why do you want to do this? To get the data off? In that case a USB to SATA converter would be ideal. I think this is the type of thing you'd want here. That or put it in an enclosure like this one, but check the height before you buy one.


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  #1151622 10-Oct-2014 22:55
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Yeah, all your drivers will be different so it probably won't work off the bat.

You could:

- Hook the one with the broken screen up to a monitor/TV and to switch to the external either press FN + F4 or hold Windows key + Shift + left directional arrow (or right, doesn't matter).
- Format the old hard drive or get your business done there.
- Slot it into the other laptop.
- Get your recovery disks/USB key (you made these, right?).
- Or get a Windows disk and use they key on the bottom of the laptop.
- And then reinstall everything.

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