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Put current Hard drive into new pc.

By robs46 ·
I have just bought a new motherboard processor and RAM and want to use my existing hard drive in my new setup. What do I have to do to the hard drive to put it in the new computer? Can i just put it in my new computer and WinXP will find the new hardware or do I have to do something else first? My components are: ECS K7S5A with AMD XP 2100+, 256 PC2100 DDR RAM, 40gb Western Digital HDD, running Windows XP. I am really stumpped and would appreciate the help.

Thanks Robert

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by dmiles In reply to Put current Hard drive in ...

There should be no problem in adding the drive to your new system,the drivers will be loaded from the motherboard cd and you should not have a problem with it being recognized because the current Bios is updated

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by hinrgman In reply to Put current Hard drive in ...

just plug the hard drive into the cables inside the computer. Make sure it is the secondary drive in the bios or it might boot up to that drive if it was a boot drive fron the old PC.

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by dave.osborne In reply to Put current Hard drive in ...

The only problem that might (and probably will) happen is that you will have to reactivate win XP. With the massive hardware changes you are making, there is almost a 100% chance of this happening.

Why not just copy the files you want to keep,then start over with a fresh install of win XP. That is FFR (fdisk/format/reload). Start with the basic components, PSU, MB, CPU, RAM, HD, CD-ROM, and video. Add additionaly components one at a time to make sure they are installed correctly.Also, if you want to be extra careful, download the latest drivers for all of your hardware (HCL with XP) and use those instead of the drivers on the XP CD. All of this will make things much easier in the long run and cause less problems during setup.

-Dave

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by timwalsh In reply to Put current Hard drive in ...

You MAY experience a problem if your new motherboard uses a different IDE controller than your old one. If it does, you may not be able to get to the point where Windows installs the applicable drivers (Windows won't be able to access your HD to boot up due to inproper IDE drivers).

There is an available work-around (you essentially load drivers for all the most common IDE controllers prior to moving the HD).

Take a look at the following MS Knowledgebase article:

314082 - You Receive a Stop 0x0000007B Error After You Move the Windows XP System Disk to Another Computer

Follow the steps under the More Information section. Although Microsoft claims this is a non-supported solution, I have used this with success several times.Good luck.

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by TheChas In reply to Put current Hard drive in ...

First, many users have reported problems moving hard drives with XP installed to new systems.

Second, as has been stated, you are apt to trigger an activation event.
Key components of XP activation:
IDE controller
Network card
Installed RAM
CPU S/N (Intel Only?)
HDD S/N

If you have a network card, and move it, that will help.
Also, start with the same amount of RAM.

There was a MS Knowledge Base article on how to move an XP installation to new hardware.
However, since the change in article links, this one is lost.

I assume that your user name is your e-mail address. I will mail a copy of the article to you.

Chas

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