Windows 10: Can I trade boot drives between identical computers?

Discus and support Can I trade boot drives between identical computers? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I have two identical ASUS laptops, both running the current version of Windows 10. One has a flakey HDMI port, so I would like to trade the SSDs so... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by bogeyman3027, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. bogeyman3027 Win User

    Can I trade boot drives between identical computers?


    I have two identical ASUS laptops, both running the current version of Windows 10. One has a flakey HDMI port, so I would like to trade the SSDs so that my wife has the one with the good HDMI port, since she uses it regularly. Can I simply trade out the SSDs or will the Windows product key prevent that? If it (or something else)does prevent that, is there a workaround short of scratch loading both computers? Thanks for your help in advance.

    :)
     
    bogeyman3027, Aug 7, 2018
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  2. Giridhar J Win User

    Computer booting up slow and unable to add files to flash drive

    Hi,

    Thank you for your interest in Windows 10.

    I suggest you to run System Maintenance Troubleshooter.
    Follow these steps to run System Maintenance troubleshooter:

    • Press Windows key + W and type troubleshooting.
    • Select Troubleshooting.
    • Select View all on the top left corner.
    • Click System Maintenance.
    • Follow the on-screen instruction to run the troubleshooter.
    I suggest you to place the computer in Clean boot
    and check.

    Putting your system in Clean Boot state helps in identifying if any third party applications or startup items are causing the issue. You need to follow the steps from the article mentioned below to perform a Clean Boot:





    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135/en-us

    Note: After clean boot troubleshooting steps, refer to the section "How to reset the computer to start as usual after troubleshooting with clean boot" in the provided link to return your computer
    to Normal startup mode.

    With regards to USB flash drive as its not working with different computers as well, you may need to get in touch with the USB flash drive manufacturer.

    Hope this information is helpful. Please do let us know if you need further assistance, we’ll be glad to assist you.
     
    Giridhar J, Aug 7, 2018
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  3. Syed Md Bilal Win User
    Unable to boot the computer.

    Hi Samid,

    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    Before we proceed, we would require more information to assist you further.


    • What is the make and model of your computer?

    I suggest you check if you are able to boot into Windows Recovery Environment using installation media. Follow the steps provided below and check.

      • Insert the installation USB and boot Windows 10 from it.
      • In the ‘Windows setup’ page select the ‘language to install’, ‘Time and currency format’ and the ‘keyboard or input method’ and click on ‘next’.
      • Click on ‘Repair your computer’ and select ‘Troubleshoot’.
    Check if you are able to boot to this window. If you are unable to boot to this window, I suggest you to contact the manufacturer and check.

    Hope this information is helpful. Reply us with this information to assist you further.

    Thank you.
     
    Syed Md Bilal, Aug 7, 2018
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  4. GSG-9 Win User

    Can I trade boot drives between identical computers?

    Lost the Seagate...

    The drive seems to be completely dead, my computer will not boot if I have it connected...to the windows cd or the new installation on the F1 drive (which is the boot drive now by the way)

    Thanks for the above article, im booting into Vista: U 64 right now, I cant follow those steps if the drive is in, it will lock up before it gets that far or if its not a cold boot the drive does not appear on the list.
     
    GSG-9, Aug 7, 2018
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