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Moving to Intel from AMD

By jberry2 ·
I've moved hard drives to different MB using repair install many times with success, but never from AMD to Intel. The problem is when i boot the 160 gig Maxtor drive the XP setup does not see the previous install to repair, just an unknown partion. I vaguely remember using Maxblast to prepare the drive, but see no indication that Maxblast is loading.
?1. Can I use repair install to move the amd xp install to the Intel board.
?2. If the bios limitations concerning the 160 drive keeping me from seeing the previous install?

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by TheChas In reply to Moving to Intel from AMD

Yes, MaxBlast is likely the reason that you cannot see the drive on the new system.

You need to enter BIOS settings and set the HDD parameters to match what MaxBlast requires.

Then, you may have to boot from the MaxBlast CD or floppy and install MaxBlast so that it sets things up properly for the new drive controller.

Secondly, even though you should be able to perform a repair to your existing XP installation, with this drastic of a hardware change, I recommend starting over with a clean hard drive.

The issue is that you will have a large number of registry keys and driver files for the old motherboard left over.

Chas

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Moving to Intel from AMD

yes, you should be able to do this amd to intel swapperoo. and you taught me a good one because i discovered thanks to you that the procedure you follow (and 'in-place upgrade') is the method recommendeded by ms:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;824125
you say drive and partition are detected by ms finds it as unknown partition...i guess out of curiosity i'd put it into another xp box as slave drive and just look at it...

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by Dirt Burner In reply to Moving to Intel from AMD

Many original factory installs create partitions that are not recognized by the XP CD as 'true' NTFS partitions.

Does this drive have a factory "restore" or "maintenance" partition on it?
Some of these partitions are physically the first partition on the drive and are hidden.

Does this motherboard require the loading of Serial ATA drivers during the CD boot by pressing F6? If so, you'll need them on floppy.

If the 'over sized' drive utility in MaxBlast was installed(on purpose or not), it's install is really not seen by the loading OS. The only way to know is boot from the MaxBlast tools and remove it.

I've encountered just about every screwy factory setup, and, when I seen one, I just use a Dos boot disk (CD) to run fdisk and remove all partitions on the drive. Then boot from the XP CD and let it create the partition for installation.

The suggestion above to put it in another system as a slave(or in an external enclosure) to look at it and retrieve data is the best way to go prior to removing partitions and beginning the installation.

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