Exchanging HDD

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WDR 106 Jun 14, 2013 at 02:50

I have a question. It may be a noob question, but nevertheless, I still have to ask it. Now I have this upcoming project I have to do. But, I have a low spec PC. Not even capable of OpenGL rendering. My friend has a high spec PC which he is willing to lend (no problem with that). Here’s the real problem. I need to borrow it for quite a bit of time. He has data on his PC, I have data on mine. In the meantime, he needs to work on his PC as well, albiet not requiring such high specs. Now, my question is, instead of copying his data, softwares and files into mine and vice versa, and totally messing up the PCs for just a temporary period of time, can’t we just exchange our HDDs so that we get each other’s hardware with our own HDDs containing our own data, softwares and operating systems? Or is this going to mess up our operating systems and system files making the PCs unusable?

I hope I made myself clear. Please clarify this for me. :)

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Reedbeta 167 Jun 14, 2013 at 03:38

You’d each have to install all of the other person’s drivers - hopefully you both still have all the CDs that came with your computers, or you can download drivers from hardware manufacturers’ websites. Additionally, you’ll each have to reactivate Windows after the hardware changes, so you’ll need your original Windows license keys, I’m guessing. Beyond that, I don’t know any reason it wouldn’t work.

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WDR 106 Jun 14, 2013 at 04:33

Ok. It’s Windows 7, so I’m guessing that it will automatically install drivers if it’s connected to the internet. And yeah, we both have our license keys. So those are not problems. Any other issues we might run into?

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Vilem_Otte 117 Jun 14, 2013 at 07:24

Just a recommendation from experience: I strongly recommend getting extern HDD, it isn’t expensive these days and it will save you a ton of time. Also as USB is fairly fast today, even USB extern HDDs are really usable.

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WDR 106 Jun 14, 2013 at 11:00

I have an external HDD. But it’s already full. Right now I don’t have the money (Student with parental financial support). As long as there’s no problem with exchanging HDDs, I’m good. Also, mine is an Intel/nVidia CPU/GPU and his is AMD/ATI. That doesn’t make any difference when changing, does it?

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Stainless 151 Jun 14, 2013 at 14:12

swapping hard drives is a bad idea, really bad idea.

even if it works cleanly, which I seriously doubt, windows will install all new drivers on both machines, eating up disk space.
windows might not be able to get the correct drivers automatically, you are taking a huge risk

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WDR 106 Jun 14, 2013 at 15:12

Hmm… I guess I’ll have to think of alternatives or take the risk. Thanks for the info, guys.