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Can i install a hd from one pc into another?

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#1 aggadorr


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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:30 PM

Hello, i am what you could call a novice extreme in regards to pc knowledge so the question i am asking is that my hd (with vista) on my pc has gone kaput so could i install a hd (with xp) from my back up pc into the pc which the hd has blown?

Please excuse my lack of pc language etc & any advice would be appreciated.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:12 PM

Well...you can install it...but I would not expect it to function properly. I would suggest a clean install on the moved drive, after it has been relocated.

The settings and drivers from one system...which are on the hard drive...are not interchangeable with those of a different system, even when the same O/S exists on both systems.

Background material: Changing a Motherboard or Moving Hard Drive - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

It can be done successfully...if you Google, you will some reporting that they have done so. IMO, there is no guaranteed likelihood that such can be done without problems...and the clean install is definitely the smarter way to go, rather than trying to troubleshoot a series of continuing problems with the Windows install.

Along with the system operational problems which could be expected...there are also licensing/activation issues and possible driver issues (not all systems which came with Vista/Win 7 have XP drivers available).


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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:13 PM

Technically, its physically possible if the connectors are the same-I would need the exact computer models (both of them) to give you an exact answer on that. As far as the operating system, that depends on the license, if its a retail license of XP you can transfer it over, if its an OEM license, you cannot, though you should be able to reinstall vista on the new hard drive in the newer computer as long as you got the system restore discs that came with the computer-just take the old hard drive out of the working computer, put in the new one, and install vista on it. (assuming the connectors are right)



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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:28 PM

Thanks guys, have both operating systems on disk so maybe a clean install of Vista would be the go, both pcs are AMD Athlon built within 15 months of each other

Motherboard for one is GA-K8N51GMF-9 the other is GA-MA74GM-S2H.

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