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X200 - using HDD and caddy from T420 - will it work without reinstalling OS

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X200 - using HDD and caddy from T420 - will it work without reinstalling OS

#1 Post by g8tzl2004 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:25 pm

I have an X200 which came with no HDD and caddy.

I have a T420 in my "collection" which has a power management fault so I thought about using the HDD and caddy from that laptop.

I believe that I will be able to just pull the HDD/caddy from the T420 and install it in the X200 as the caddies are identical between the X200 and T420?

I guess I will need to reinstall the Win OS to match the X200...but what happens if I just power up the X200 using the existing T420 OS installed on the HDD...will it boot or give an error?

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Re: X200 - using HDD and caddy from T420 - will it work without reinstalling OS

#2 Post by rkawakami » Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:58 pm

My opinion is that with the hardware differences between the two systems, an attempt to install a hard drive with an OS previously on a T420 into an X200 will result in a Blue Screen of Death when the X200 is booted.

That said, if you are prepared to lose the usability of the hard drive on ANY system, then go ahead and give it a try. Best case is that with some probable re-configuration of the system drivers you'll be able to use the X200. Worst case is that the OS will be altered enough that it won't boot in the T420 it came from.

If you're trying to get the X200 operable again, your best option may to be track down a restore disk set for the X200 and get another (blank) HD to put it on.
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Re: X200 - using HDD and caddy from T420 - will it work without reinstalling OS

#3 Post by g8tzl2004 » Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:21 pm

Yes, I'll probably just reinstall from a Win disk.

Presumably I can't damage the HDD by booting a T420 HDD in an X200 to see what happens?

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Re: X200 - using HDD and caddy from T420 - will it work without reinstalling OS

#4 Post by rkawakami » Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:00 pm

No, you can't do any physical damage to the HD. You might scramble the software on the drive so it won't boot in any system but that should be the extent of the "damage".
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