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Putting a Working HD into another machine


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#1 HerrBuuB

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 08:03 PM

Hey all, I have Dell Desktop that is acting up (fan is making noises, power supply emergency beeping) My brother sent me another dell he had, that is fine. I'd like to just put my HD into that machine (then it will have 2 hard drives). Can I do this?

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 08:31 PM

If you are asking...whether you can install another hard drive as a storage/secondary drive...the answer is yes, provided you have the proper connectors for it on your system...and the jumper settings are proper (if it is a PATA/IDE drive).

If you are asking...whether you can install the second hard drive and have the O/S on it work in a different system as part of a dual-boot...the answer is...not likely.

I suggest running a disk diagnostic on the hard drive...before assuming that it is functionally sound. The apporopriate diagnostic may be downloaded from the website of the hard drive manufacturer.

Free Hard Drive Testing Tools - Hard Drive Diagnostics - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/tophddiag.htm

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 10:20 PM

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 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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