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Putting old hard drive in new computer??

By jbauer ·
I just bought a new PC for a client of ours because her other one was ruined due to static discharge. I hooked up her old hard drive in the new pc, changed the master/slave settings so I can boot from the old drive, but when I start the computer, after all of the hardware is initialized (it is recognizing both drives), I just get a blinking cursor and it will not boot. When I change the master/slave settings back to boot the new hard drive, everything works. Are there any settings that I am missing that is not allowing it to boot from the old drive. The information on that drive isnt corrupt, as I can still run programs from it. Thanks for your time!!!

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by TheChas In reply to Putting old hard drive in ...

For Windows systems, it is NOT a good idea to simply move a system drive from 1 PC to another.

It's likely that the hardware on the new PC is not compatible with the drivers for the hardware on the new PC.

Also, if the old PC ran Windows 95, 98 or Me, and the new PC has over 511MB of RAM, there is a bug in the Windows code that can cause a number of different problems.

If this does not help. Please reject my answer and provide more details on the hardware and version of Windows.


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by dmiles In reply to Putting old hard drive in ...

Check all hardware for updated drivers,specifically video

Depending on your version of Windows the you could try using a startup disk to boot computer after changing the jumpers on the drives,so the old one is set to master and new to slave

Boot computer with startup disk,select the option to boot computer without cd-rom support and run process,after this eject disk and reboot

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by CG IT In reply to Putting old hard drive in ...

well what operating system is on the old drive. If all you get is a blinking curser is that with a command prompt like A: C: ???? or juse a white curser that's blinking???? What kind of "new" computer? HP? Gateway? Compaq? or a self built one???

Next question is static discharge ruined the old computer. Did static discharge really runin an entire computer? What did it ruin? Did you salvage other components and put em in the new computer? What HDD mfg for the old HDD? did it have drive overlay software installed?

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by CG IT In reply to

If its a new computer and you can boot up to the O/S and you can access all files and folders on the old drive, why do you want to boot from the old drive???

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by CLIFFL In reply to Putting old hard drive in ...

Don't even think about trying to boot up on the old drive, tried it myself and had the same problem you had. It was due to the system trying to load the original motherboard drivers. Best thing to do is put it back as the second drive, hoover off any data you want. FDISK it format it and start again.
If you want to use it as the main boot disk then put the operating system back on and install the drivers for the motherboard you are using etc. Good Luck

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by jbauer In reply to

THanks for your help everyone. I just used the old drive as the secondary and will format it once she is comfortable with everything on the new drive.

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