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#1 muffy_69

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 03:53 AM

Ok, i'm trying to take a hard drive from one computer to another. The computer the hard drive is going into has all different hardware and when i plugged in the hard drive it just continually restarted. What do i need to do so that i can successfully swap drives? and no it will not start in safe mode or with any bios tweaking.

oh a little backstory, the computer its going into, was a victim of the SP3 continual reboots(well the hard drive was anyways) i'm not sure if that has something to do with it now(the drive i'm putting in has SP2)

i think thats all the information thats relevent.......if you need more info just ask. and of course any help would be GREATLY appreciated

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 05:27 AM

Do you know at which point of the boot process the computer restarts? Also, do you get any messages during the bootup?

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 10:38 AM

Does the hard drive that you are attempting to install already have an operating system on it?
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 10:56 AM

When you take a hdd with a Windows OS installed on it that you have been using on one computer and then install it as a master in another computer you are asking for major problems. The excerpt below is from a Intel article which describes in detail what happens. The article also mentions a reference to an article by Microsoft, it can be seen here .

"Moving a hard drive with Windows* 2000 or Windows XP* already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer and you may not be able to start Windows. This is documented in Microsoft's knowledge base article. This is true even if you move the hard drive to a motherboard with the same chipset, as different hardware revisions can cause this issue as well.

Additionally, moving a hard drive to a new motherboard may not exhibit any errors until you install new IDE drivers. This is because each chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you move your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error."

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 01:29 PM

it stops just before the windows loading screen. and yes it has windows already on it........but i guess i won't be able to make it work as i don't have the windows disc to re-install. damn this would have made my life a whole lot easier as right now i'm using a celeron 1.2Ghz with 256 ram.......its killing me. but thanks for the help guys! i really appreciate it

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 01:53 PM

This explains it a little more in depth
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