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Possibly Dumb Hard Drive Question.........

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#1 ebrid001


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Posted 01 March 2009 - 11:28 AM


If I replace my motherboard,cpu,and memory,is there a way I can set up the BIOS(or start with the default),hook up my old hard drive,and have the hard drive's data there still work?

Failing that,is there a way to load the operating system from the disk and retain the data on the hard drive?

Or must I copy all the drive data to something else and then re enter it?

I have XP right now,with a gig of RAM,an MCI board,and a single core Athelon 64. I would upgrade to an MCI AM2 board, four gig(with the 32 os),a quad CPU,64,and use XP for the time being,with the idea of going to Vista's successor when they have the bugs out of it or perhaps Linux someday.

Is what I plan possible or practical


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Posted 01 March 2009 - 11:46 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 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."

Alternatively, the method below can be tried, but I would back up all of your important files to removable media like CDs, DVDs, Flash drives, or a second hdd.


Edited by dc3, 01 March 2009 - 11:47 AM.

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#3 ebrid001

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 12:17 PM


Based on that,I'll take the time to copy the old drive and reenter the stuff later.


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