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Installing Compaq HD in no-Compaq

By n4syth ·
I have a Compaq Deskpro 500MHz computer loaded with Win2000 Pro. Would like to transfer the HD to a 1GHz non-Compaq computer.
When I tried this, it freezes on boot-up and I suspect it's a conflict between the Compaq setup residing on the HD and the BIOS setup of the new motherboard....
Would running fdisk and removing the non-DOS partition (Compaq setup) make this drive useable?
Is there a way of transferring the contents of the drive to another drive without the setup partition?

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by TheChas In reply to Installing Compaq HD in n ...

While the non-DOS recovery partition on the drive could cause other problems, I do not believe it is at the root of your problem.

Unlike Windows 95 and 98, Windows NT, 2000, and XP do not take well to having a hard drive moved to different hardware.

The "recommended process is to:

Backup your system. (less the Hardware Abstraction Layer)

Install Windows clean on the new hardware.

Restore from the backup.

In another forum, I was told by a user that what he does is boot from the Windows CD and run the repair option.
He said that it works for him all the time.

Alternately, this web site has instructions for moving a hard drive with Windows 2000 to new hardware:

If all you need to do is recover files from the drive, you can mount it as a slave drive in any PC running Windows 2000 or XP.


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