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Moving a hard drive

By philldmc ·
I have a hard drive with all my stuff loaded on, I need to move the hard drive to a different machine. As fate would have it the current machine is a Intel board with A P4 and I need to move the hard drive over to a MSI board for a AMD processor.

How do I prevent a driver corruption? Someone mentioned maybe doing a "sysprep". What is this and how can it be done? Is this the right answer? is there a better answer?

I'm wondering if I went into the device manager and uninstall most items in safe mode and boot with new board will that prevent driver corruption?

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by jschein In reply to Moving a hard drive

Don't even think of a sysprep... It will do nothing for you if not boggle your mind even more.

1. Try the drive with new motherboard. It may work or it may be in an never ending bootup / reboot. Either way, none of your info will get corrupt.

If it does not work, put it to the side.

Get another drive, install XP / programs from scratch.

Slave that drive off and copy your data over.

Good luck.

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by Dr.Jackson In reply to Moving a hard drive

I just did the same thing a few days ago, except I went from a AMD to a Intel P4. I found out there was no way around it. Had to format and Install XP clean. I did backup my stuff first, but the programs I had to install again.

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by TheChas In reply to Moving a hard drive

Unlike Windows 98 and Me, Windows XP does not take well to moving to new hardware.

Microsoft used to have a Knowledge Base Article on this.

Basically, their recommended procedure is to:

Back up your system except for the hardware layer.

Format the hard drive and install XP clean on the new system.

Restore from your backup.

Here are a couple of sites with alternative procedures:

http://tinyurl.com/4xbw

Darn, the other article disappeared from the site it was on.

If you want, I can e-mail you the second article along with the MS knowledge Base Article.

Chas

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by wcp In reply to Moving a hard drive

I agree with previous answers to back up data.

However, depending on situations, clean installing Windows may not be the best option.

My advise is to reinstall Windows on top of the current one. The Windows will reconfigure with the new MB during the reinstallation process. This is recommended by Microsoft for Windows 2000 and 2003. I have used this method for Windows XP several times without failure.

Reference: MS KB824125 or http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=824125

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by albertandrascik In reply to Moving a hard drive

HAve your win XP disk w/ you. Attach the new drive to the Mobo. Boot from the xp cd and chose to install WinXP. Once you get thru the initial install files you will come to a Repair, Format chose Repair. The new hardware will be configured and the data is saved.
HTH

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