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I have an emachines ET1331G-03W with windows 7 pre installed. The motherboard (most likely the processor) decided to quit working. So I bought a wicked awesome gaming pc from a garage sale that didn't have a hard drive. I tried to swap my hard drive from my emachines to the new computer and it says there's no bootable drive. It doesn't matter what one of my 5 computers I put the hard drive in, it won't boot up. How can I get my data (pictures, music, etc) off of the hard drive, or how can i make it work in a new computer with all new hardware? I would prefer to keep using the same hard drive in a new computer if possible

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Microsoft has a license type called OEM which detects the computer that it is installed on and some computers have the licence key stored in the bios of the computer.
So when you grab the old hard drive and put it in the next computer Windows will detect you changed computers and not run as per OEM licensing rules that it runs on only the original purchased computer.
You might be able to run the drive as a secondary drive but you would need to install a new windows operating system and hard drive. And then use a partioning program to make the secondary drive not an active drive.
also you new machine most likely has a different type of bios called EFI
and you would have to change its settings to run AMI Bios but I do not think that is your problem as I think it is OEM but it might be worth investigating if you can run a legacy bios in the bios settings.

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    Josh Foreman Oct 05, 2019

    Is there any way I can put the windows key into the bios settings of the new computer? I still have the original windows key. I'm just trying to save $100 on a new hard drive and the cheapest I've found windows 7 is around $130.

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    The Spaminator Oct 05, 2019

    Sorry I do not know that one. Just know it has the key as I had to download windows 8 OEM and put it back on one of my laptops without me knowing the key. Windows also records the hardware and stores it somewhere online I think and compares this also. If you are really adventurous you could experiment with running UBUNTU on your p.c. it may be a way of accessing the old drive and retrieving files off it.

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    The Spaminator Oct 05, 2019

    I have not tried this or played with VMWARE so for me this is only theory I have played around with Ubuntu and there are heaps of info about Ubuntu on the internet
    You might be able to install Ubuntu and run a vm ware on ithttps://vitux.com/how-to-install-vmware-...
    and then emulate windows 7https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevange...https://techjourney.net/free-windows-7-w...https://www.wikihow.com/Install-Windows-...

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What MSI board in particular? At any rate, it would run like molasses through a carbon filter; get some newer hardware from the trash or re-use programs or by sacrificing money to the Windows 7, Videocards and Systems sellers.

More detail in when the error popped up might be handy too; if you got the message before the Win7 DVD was booted, it's because you didn't go into the BIOS and tell it to boot from the DVD instead of your blank HD. That is great that you can change that, but to save some money and time you might buy a carbon filter and some molasses....

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1.open up the PC, insert the HDD into a free HDD slot, clip/screw it in.
2. plug in data and power cables for new HDD
3. set main HDD jumper to master
4. set new HDD jumper to slave (middle pins)

NOTE: make sure you wear a grounded wrist strap

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SOURCE: HDD led flashes non-stop after case swap (emachine et1331g-03w)

it will be next to ur power led or u will find hdd led wrritten on the motherboard

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