Moving a hard drive with XP Pro to a used Dell w/o operating system?

By bradlf ·
I have a Dell Dimension 4300 right now and just aquired a Dell Optiplex GX260 - mainly because the GX260 allows Ram upgrades (to 2G) - I was stuck at 512mb with the old system. The GX260 has no operating system and a 40gb HD.
What I want to do is transfer my 190gb HD (along with XP Pro) to the GX260. My Dimension 4300 was purchased with the XP Pro installed but never had disc. Will this work, transferring the operating system with the HD?
I've switched the HD with and w/o the existing HD in the GX260 but will not get past the BIOS setup.
Or is this a config BIOS problem?

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by TheChas In reply to Chas the specs that I saw ...

Thanks for the reply.

I was more curious if I had missed something when I compared the system specifications.

As you can see from a reply post, the GX260 does recognize the drive but does not boot.

No surprise for either.


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When changing motherboards

by ozi Eagle In reply to Moving a hard drive with ...


When I've had to change motherboards, I've had some success with this procedure.

Boot up original motherboard, go to device manager and change the drivers of the IDE/ATA ATAPI to the windows standard default. Then change over mobo. It should boot and you can then install the correct motherboard drivers.


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Acronis TrueImage

by Aakash Shah In reply to Moving a hard drive with ...

If you are willing to fork out some money, Acronis TrueImage can help you migrate from one system to another system that is different. You may have to look at their business version as I believe only the business version includes this feature.

Good luck!

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