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Hard Drive Switch Question


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#1 Galad

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:16 AM

Morning,

I have two old Dell Dimension PC's: 2400(XP Home) and an L550R(XP Pro), both using their on-board video.

The motherboard on the 2400 can take up to 2G RAM, while the L550r is 512M max.
The XP Pro was a business PC, maintained by an IT professional.
The XP Home has been ravaged by games and virus' during it's time.

I want to switch the Hard Drives so my 2400 has the XP Pro.
I don't have the original install disks for XP pro.

I'm assuming this is not as simple as switching the Hard Drives and flipping the switch.

My first thought was to install the XP Pro Drive into the 2400 as a second drive and set the bios to try and boot their first.

Beyond that I'm lost as to what the best course of action is.

I'd appreciate any help with the best/painless method to switch drives.

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#2 Allan

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:18 AM

If I understand correctly you want to take a hd from one system, put it in another, and boot to it - is that correct? If so, you cannot do that unless both systems are 100% identical. You'll need to reinstall the OS after making the switch.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:22 AM

It is best you reinstall your OS as Allan mentioned.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 02:04 PM

Apparently I missed something here, but okay.




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