November 12, 2011 7:01 AM Subscribe
If you have two identical computers, can you simply take the hard drive out of one and put it into the other?
posted by unannihilated to computers & internet (25 answers total)
Two identical computers running Windows. One died (It won't turn on. No light, no sound when the power button is pressed. Yes, there is a power supply). They're cheap computers, a couple years old at this point. Not worth fixing, in other words. I'm guessing the motherboard fried or something.
The one that died is the one with extra files and programs. Can I simply take the hard drive out of it and screw it into the other one? Will the programs work?