Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works

Problems Booting Off External HDD

  • Please log in to reply



    New Member

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
Hi There

Long story short:
Laptop went bad.
Removed HDD.
Bought an external enclosure and a new desktop PC.
Using HDD as an external.
New PC Windows 7 is currently not activated.

Since the old HDD has an active Windows 7 installed on it, which I no longer need, I would like to boot through the old HDD and acquire my product key. I access the BIOS and tell the comp to boot from the HDD, but from what I can tell the HDD doesn't recognize the new components and won't successfully boot.

Any suggestions? Any additional information?
  • 0





  • Moderator
  • 34,114 posts
You have a couple of problem.
First is that the serial number you are trying to use is for the laptop and cannot legally be transferred to the pc.
Second is that booting to the laptop hd won't work because it is looking for the laptop and the drivers will not math up.
Third if your pc is new where did the Win7 come from that is installed and not activated?
  • 0

Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP