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New Mainboard--Old Hard--Drive

By Dr.Jackson ·
My Hard-Drive IBM 40gb 7200rpm ATA/100 has about 5 gigs of Programs/Apps./and personal files. I just purchased a new Case w/400w PS. with a new Mainboard w/2.4Ghz P4-CPU/512mb ram. Question; Can I use my Hard-Drive without loseing any Data ? It has XP-Pro installed that I want to keep. Along with Office 2003 and many other Programs. Will it boot-up and all is good? Or ??? Thanks for the help. Kenny

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by valis In reply to New Mainboard--Old Hard-- ...

just slap it in and use it, most likely it will boot up no problems, when winxp boots up it will most likely find a lot of new hardware and install those devices

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by Dr.Jackson In reply to

Sorry, but I wished it was that easy.I had to backup my stuff, format and start all over again...Thanks anyway, Kenny

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by jschein In reply to New Mainboard--Old Hard-- ...

You can "slap it in and just use it"... However... just know this:

1. It may work, It may not.
2. It may be stuck in a constant reboot loop.

3. It's all good because this wil not damage your files.

Worst case scenario, you buy another hard drive, remove that one, install xp... slave that old hard drive off as a secondary drive and drag and drop the files you need to the new one.

You cannot drag programs over, just the data. Programs would have to be reinstalled from scratch.

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by Dr.Jackson In reply to

Sorry, I tried everything with no success. So I formated it and installed Windows again. And saved my stuff first. Thanks anyway...Kenny

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by TheChas In reply to New Mainboard--Old Hard-- ...

Unless the hardware is nearly identical, you can expect to have problems swapping a main-board on a XP based PC.

Microsoft used to have a Knowledge Base Article that described the recommended process to move a hard drive with XP to new hardware.

Back up the hard drive. Except for the hardware layer.

Move the drive.

Install XP clean onto the hard drive.

Restore from your backup.

Here are a couple of sites that offer some suggestions:


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by Dr.Jackson In reply to

Thanks again Chas, yes, I had to format it and install Windows the clean way. I didn't think it would be that easy, but it's up and running strong...Thanks again. Kenny

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