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Transferring hard drive, any issues?

I'm planning to transfer a hard drive from a laptop that is broken to a nearly identical laptop that does work, so I can access the data on the drive. Is there any reason to think that it won't work? I've never handled an internal drive before, just external ones.

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So long as both computers are G4's and approx the same cpu speed it should work. I have to caution you there will always be a possibility of damaging the good computer in the process so I would not swap just to transfer data. I would use an external hookup for the drive I wanted the data from and leave the good computer alone. Now if you are making a permanent change I'd say go for it. Ralph

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Yeah, it would be a permanent change. Thanks!

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as far as i know, swapping harddrives should work. if you put it into a computer of same kind, you probably will not need to even reinstall it.

i have done the same when i was building my MacBook Pro, out off replacement parts i have bought all over the world. i have used some old hdd i have pulled out of box, one with Win XP preinstalled on it.

it have run it, with problems, but run it...

so my friend, dont be afraid, it will work.

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The only fly

in the ointment would be if you were trying to boot to an unsupported OS For example if you had only an OS 7-9 system trying to boot a G4 that wouldn't boot to classic. OR the original install was for "this macintosh only" and some needed extensions were left out.

Other than that I can't think of a reason you'd have a surprise.

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hmmm! am not certain about that, but you can try out the suggestions given to you earlier on. What helps me is online storage which I've Mac and windows share one account. I can also securely access my data from any browser anywhere on this planet.

I use www.safecopybackup.com. They offer 3GB free trial if don't mind checking it out.

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