11-22-2008 07:32 AM
My main notebook is a T60 type 1951. The backlight (or the inverter) is faulty (the screen has a red hue, and if I operate it at anything higher than the lowest brightness setting, the backlight just cuts out), and I need to send the machine back for repair (thankfully it's still under warranty).
I have a spare machine, a T60 type 2007, and I am wondering if I can just plug the hard drive from the faulty machine into the spare one without any risk of screwing anything up, or of anything not working.
I've looked on the net to see if I could figure out what the difference is between the two types, but I've not had any success. The only apparent difference between the two is that the faulty machine has a DVD multi-recorder (Mat**bleep**a DVD-RAM UJ-842 according to the device manager), and the spare one a DVD/CDRW (Mat**bleep**a DVD/CDRW UJDA755 according to the device manager).
So: is it safe for me to simply remove the hard drive from the faulty machine before returning it for repair and simply swapping it for the drive currently in the spare machine?
Many thanks in anticipation!
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11-22-2008 07:59 AM
The biggest difference between the two is the fact that 1951 has Intel integrated graphics, while 2007 has ATi dedicated GPU. You'll have to load the video drivers if you're intent on using this drive, but it shouldn't bluescreen on you. Apart from that-and possibly wireless if the cards are different-you should be OK.
Hope this helps.
11-22-2008 08:18 AM
Thanks for the lightning fast reply, George!
I am pretty paranoid about messing with hard drives, so what I really intend to do is to make a Ghost backup of the original HDD of the spare machine and then Ghosting the faulty machine's hard drive onto the spare machine's HDD. This would leave the original HDD untouched, and allow me to restore the spare HDD to what it is right now when all is well again.
What will happen when the spare machine boots with the wrong video driver? Is there anything I can/should do to prevent any problem there (e.g. can I change the video driver on the spare machine's HDD before booting it up with the Ghosted image?)
Finally, is there somewhere on the net where I can find any other differences between these different types?
11-22-2008 08:43 AM
For specific differences, you'd have to post the full 7-character model numbers for both, like 2007-55U or 1951-EAU or something like that...
Nothing bad will happen if a machine boots with the wrong (default) video driver, you'll just have to download and unpack the correct one, no damage will be done.
Hope this helps.
11-22-2008 09:19 AM - edited 11-23-2008 02:53 AM
Great, thanks very much. I thought I had in the meantime added the type and S/N of both machines to my signature, but only one seems to have come through.
This is the original (broken backlight) one: 1951-FDG and this is the spare one: 2007-43G..
I'll get on to this tomorrow (it's already evening here in the UK and I'm taking my better half out for a surprise 50th birthday meal tonight!)
11-22-2008 09:49 AM
11-25-2008 01:21 AM
Just a quick update.
It all worked, although not without a few hitches, though: first of all I found that Ghost 2003 can't deal with 1TB USB drives, so using my new external backup drive in this process was out of the question. After some agonizing I decided to be braver still than I had intended, and try upgrading to a larger 160GB HDD I had bought a few months ago for this purpose, but never got round to doing, rather than use the spare machine's 80GB HDD.
I used Partition Manager to create three partitions on the spare HDD, each twice the size of the original, and then used Ghost to copy the partitions from the broken backlight machine onto the spare drive. I made one mistake, namely verifying the content of the drive - which attributed drive letters G:, H: and I: to the partitions on the spare drive.
I also had to wrestle with a rogue screw fixing the 80GB drive in the little tray, but once the 160GB was in place, and I had figured out that the reason it hung after booting was that the drive letters were incorrect, a quick fix (again using Partition Manager, to attribute the correct letters C:, D: and E later I was entirely in business.
The graphics driver seems to work perfectly fine, so even though the interface has been detected as 'new hardware', I am going to leave well alone.
It's well spooky to see one's familiar desktop appear on a different machine, and I guess quite a few people today will wonder why I am walking around with this wide grin...
Thanks again for your help!