Lets get to it. So sometime or another I discovered IBM's product recovery. If your not familiar with it, being that I wasnt until I used it for the first time, It formats your HDD and installs everything back to factory settings. Now for me the product recovery is a blessing. It allows me to be able to do pretty much anything from a software standpoint, and be able to start fresh if I mess it up.
So a few months ago, I used EASEUS PartitionMaster to straight up copy my primary HDD to my slave, then I swapped them out. I havent used the product recovery on my upgraded drive, but it appears to have been coppied into its own partition as well. Im using the HDD I copied to right now, hitch free, with the original in my closet incase the recovery doesnt work.
Onto the Dell. My mom bought a Dell Optiplex GX60 with XP Home, SP3. @ 2.00GHz with 512MB ram. I realize its going to be a little slower, but compared to my IBM, Its incredibly slow. I believe it desperately needs a clean install. So I went out and bought a new XP Pro CD, thinking I could just wipe the old off and start fresh. The problem with that is that the CD drive doesnt read ANY disk at all. A few months ago I went in and uninstalled the SP3 and updated the drivers, and it read the installation CD. But by the time I left and came back, the guy she bought it from had come back and undone all of my progress.
So my question is, can I put my original thats in my closet, in her Dell and boot it up? I wasnt worried about the cloning I did because it wasnt a change between brands. This is. I think it will work Im just not positive.
I appreciate any feedback I can get on the subject.
Edited by hamluis, 01 August 2012 - 04:12 PM.
Moved from System Building to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.