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#1 victor7

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 05:48 PM

Dell Dim8200 with 40 GB HD -Linux OS. Want to remove zip drive, use that cable to install 60GB HD with Winxp os already installed (from dead mobo on another computer). How to do? :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 07:34 PM

If the Windows XP hard drive uses the same cable type (PATA or SATA) as the old ZIP drive, you can swap it out. All you have to do is disconnect the cables and slide the new one in. However, the operating system will need to be reinstalled.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 12:03 AM

I've only done clean installs. Can you walk me through it? I do have a program called "Acronis True Image Home 2009" that I was told could be used, but... Also, with one hd with Linux already operating, I want to keep the two hd's separate, and be able to move back and forth while operating.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 12:47 AM

You could image the entire drive, but you should only do that if you're moving the HD from one motherboard to another of the exact model. Otherwise, the differences between the two boards could render XP unusable.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 02:02 AM

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.

http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/iaa/sb/cs-009290.htm

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