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Moving Hard Drive From One Computer To Another


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#1 ProTech Service

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 07:14 AM

what is best way to move a hard drive from one computer to another???

I have just recently been given a faster (well faster than my older computer) computer. But my older computer has a 120 GB hard drive compared to the 60 GB on the newer one.

the new one is a Pentium 4 with 256 MB RAM and 2.4 GHZ processor

the older one is an Intel Celeron 1.3 GhZ with 256 MB Ram

both run Windows XP

Do I or Can I switch Hard drives on the computers? and do I need to then run recoveries? or just leave as is?

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 01:38 PM

You cannot just swap system drives, not without doing a fresh install of windows.
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Posted 02 July 2006 - 03:07 PM

If you have an XP installation disc (-not- a recovery disc) and the operating system was installed from it on the old system then you can do a repair install. This will preserve the applications. However, you will need to install drivers for the new system and reinstall the XP critical updates.

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 02:06 PM

whats the difference then of just putting a new hard drive in??

Cant I reformat or something like that?

If I make recovery discs?

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 05:24 PM

You can reformat but that would "erase" your hardrive and you would then need to reinstall windows. Wich requires a full version not like recovery disks or whatever you need an actual copy of windows.




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