Can't get old hard drive to boot in new laptop - please help.


Jan 19, 2009

My dell m1330 with vista home premium (32 bit) blew up (yes, blew up - smoke from power supply transformer). Dell have sent me a replacement one which boots up fine, but I'm trying to get the old hard drive in my dead laptop to work in my new one (its better). When I boot up with it in, I get the BSOD which says:

a problem has been detected... tech info: STOP: 0x0000007B (0xC958ABB0, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

When I run the windows dvd to repair, it says it can't repair with th following error:

Root cause found:

Unspecified changes to system configuration might have caused the problem.

Repair action: System files integrity check and repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x490
Time taken= 275935ms

All checks before this error pass. Safe mode brings the same error. When I run dell diagnostics, I get this error:

error code 0147
msg: error code 2000-0147
msg: unit 0: optical drive BIST - OPU test failed

while all other checks pass (I guess this is an unrelated dvd drive issue).

I've tried a few things - chkdsk on my c partition - no errors, fixmbr etc.

Does anyone have any suggetions other than reformatting? Although the replacement laptop was identical in tech spec to my old one, could there have been any differences in the setup that's causing it? Anything I can try tweaking in BIOS? I tried contacting Dell for help, they just said reformat.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks



Dec 11, 2008
You need to plug it into another computer as secondary drive to get the files off then reinstall windows in the new laptop or use the hard drive that came with it. It will not boot because it was configured for the dead laptop.