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#1 potential

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 10:11 AM

Howdy. About four years ago I began toying around with computers. I had an outdated Compaq tower that a bought off a friend. One of the first things I discovered how to do was install a second internal hard drive. At one point a I was popping one in and out like an external via USB. So when it was finally time to upgrade I figured I could save only the hard drive and plug it into another computer one day. The years passed, and the other day I trash-picked a Compaq that resembled my old one. I hooked her up, flipped the switch (button whatever) and received the following message:

Windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt <Windows root>system 32\hal.dll Please reinstall a copy of the above file

Not a big deal, I don't really want the hard drive that was already in the comp and i figured it would be wiped. I popped out the original hard drive and plugged in my old hard drive from years ago. This is where I receive the message:

Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk and press enter.

A quick look online told me that I need a version of windows on disk to get her to boot up. However I do not want to format the hard drive, I wish to run the drive so I can access my old info. I don't actually need the computer. Is this possible?

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 10:33 AM

If you only want to access data files on the drive...simply attach it as a secondary drive on a different system...and move the files.

When you take a hard drive from System A and attach it as a boot drive in System Z...the result should be failure. The settings and drivers on a boot/system partition/drive from System A...are totally different from those required by System B. The only exception might be if the two systems are exactly alike in internal components and that's not even a guaranteed scenario.

Additionally...if a secondary drive is bad, it can prevent Windows from booting, no matter how the drive is attached to the system.

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 07:19 PM

Sounds good. Thanks for the advice. I don't know why I didn't consider the simpler option of using an already working system.

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 07:31 PM

Let us know how it goes :thumbsup:.

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