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