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Can I install my HP Pavilion 500-205t HD in HP Pavilion 500-490?

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My HP Pavilion 500-205t was destroyed by a lightning strike. The HD is o.k. I have purchased an HP Pavilion 500-490 because the specs were very close.  I  want to use my 205t HD. Both computers are Core i3-4130, have 1 TB 7200 SATA 6G 3.5 HDs, same OS (Windows 7 Pro 64). My question is:  can I swap them out, or do I need to get an external HD enclosure and copy the 205t to the 490? If I need the external HD enclosure, looks like aluminum would be best, but would like recommendation for one which would hold my HD.

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You can use the hard drive from the 500-205T only as a data drive. The OS on this drive is tied to the original motherboard via an encoded process.  I happen to like this lay flat HD case.

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Thanks. That is what I needed to know. I have read that just replacing the hard drive could invalidate it. Not like the old days! I could have put the HD in the new machine and had it up an running in no time. I have ordered the external HD enclosure you recommended - and thanks for that, too. I should get in 6/24. Blessings, Abby

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