January 5, 2021

question about swapping hard drives between laptops?

I have a 1-yr old (approx) laptop with a failed mainboard but a good NVMe hard drive.  Never mind for now anything about warranties or repairs, because that is not my question right now.

My questions are these:

1. If I had another somewhat similarly spec’d laptop (but not identical) of the same brand, and it also had an NVMe hard drive, could I swap it with mine and expect upon startup to behave just as my old one did before the mainboard broke?  (Assuming it did not break because of what’s on the hard drive, which is unlikely anyway.)

2. Same question, but what if the “another computer” was similar but a different brand?

3. Assuming the answer to at least one of the above is yes, could I accomplish the same thing (at least as a test) by putting the drive in an NVMe enclosure, plugging it into a USB port, and “telling” the new computer not to use its own hard drive at all, but just run as though the drive from the broken computer (now connected by USB) is the one and only hard drive known to it?

 3a. If that should work, can someone give some instructions about how to do that?

Thank you!!

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