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Cannibalizing Hard drive

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#1 Loreley


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Posted 24 February 2010 - 08:40 AM

The hard drive on my computer is going. I want to replace it with the hard drive from my daughter's old computer. She lost her recovery disks. Will that pose a problem for me? I'm confused as to whether the hard drives are software "specific". Tried to reformat her computer with my computer's recovery disks, but it wouldn't work. We both have Compaq with Windows XP.
Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 10:47 AM

The hard drives are not software specific. As long as you have your recovery disks you shoulld be good to go.

There are two different types of OS/restore disks available. One is the actual OS disk (XP Home/Pro/Media Center) that is the bare OS and not technically a "restore" disk". This is the good one to have as it can be used on most HP/Compaqs as long as the OS matches (XP Pro to XP Pro etc). It takes you through the install just like you would go through on a new system.

The other type of restore disks are usually multiple disks that the user makes themselves, or are provided by the OEM. These are usually more restictive and will only work on the specific model/configuration intended. It usually doesn't work on different models of the same OEM as drivers/applications are already included.

Usually, if you use the Compaq/HP OEM XP OS disks to install the OS on a system, all you need is a Compaq/HP system and you are good to go. If using specific restore disks that restore your computer to it's original config (garbage apps included), then you are limited to that specific model. You should not have a problem using another hard drive in your system.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 05:30 PM

it is hardware specific to the motherboard. Most factory recovery discs are specific to the motherboard of the computer-try to use the recovery discs on a computer with a different motherboard will, in most cases cause problems. you can swap hard drives, memory etc out, but the motherboard is what makes the difference.



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