I'm not sure this question is appropriate for this forum, but I figure it can't hurt to ask. I currently have a Dell OptiPlex GX280. Specs include: 3.20 gigahertz, Intel Pentium 4, 16 kilobyte primary memory cache,
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache. Without going into details, I'll just say that the thing is slow and is having a number of issues, like the sound stopping, memory not being recognized, drives not being recognized. I've updated drivers, but that doesn't seem to help.
Anyway, I'm not looking to fix this thing. I just got a new refurbished Dell computer. This one is a Dell OptiPlex 380 with an Intel Dual-Core 2.6GHz processor and 2GB of memory, My hope is that I can just put the old hard drive into the new computer. They are both Dell Optiplex computers. Eventually, I would like to transfer files and programs over to the new hard drive, but I'd rather do that later when I have more time.
I use XP, like XP, and don't want to stop using XP. I have an XP install disk that I've never used and want to put that on the new drive, but first I need to reformat the drive and erase Windows 7, after creating some recovery disks. Then the plan is to use laplink to transfer files and programs from the old drive to the new one. I've done that before and was quite happy with the results. I'm considering creating partitions on the new drive so I can have both OS's on the drive, but I know I have to put XP on the drive before putting Windows 7 on it.
I need my computer for working at home, which is why I don't want to mess around more than I need to until I have more time. But I really need a computer that runs better than my current computer.
So...tell me what's wrong with my plan...what can go wrong? Am I going to kill my "new" computer by putting in the old hard drive?