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Question: Changing hard drives between machines and potential hazards


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#1 computerdownhouse

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 03:48 PM

I've read numerous warnings online about the pitfalls of taking a hard drive from one computer and inserting it into another.

 

The user *must* ensure the correct "Large" and "LBA enabled" mode settings.

 

Further, different machines use different core geometries, e.g. 256/255/240/16/15 heads; sectors per track; bytes per sector.

 

If I manually enter the correct information in the BIOS setup, am I right to assume that the risks are minimal to non-existent, especially if I'm using the same operating system or something closely related? Ditto the same BIOS manufacturer: different (but closely-related) build.

 

Any other hazards I should know about?



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Posted 08 April 2018 - 03:52 PM

There are no hazards. As long as you aren't taking the system drive from one computer, putting it in another and expecting to boot from it, you're fine.



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Posted 08 April 2018 - 05:14 PM

You will have to reload the OS, the OS is tied to the MB.


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 06:11 PM

I've switched many hard drives from computer to computer with any problems and yes Windows generally will have to be reinstalled.

 

I have swapped hard drives with Linux on them from one computer to another computer and have had them boot up and work perfectly.


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 07:50 PM

How old is the information you've been reading?

 

Are you using drives smaller than 8GB capacity? CHS (Cylinder Head Sector) parameters are not used to address drives larger than 8GB.


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 08:52 PM

Yeah i dont know where you get your information from, hard drives are completely interchangeable between machines these days.

Unless this is some ancient IDE or SCSI drive then it should work fine.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 05:29 AM

Interchangeable and fully functional yes but will need the OS reloaded to match the board, chip and peripherals.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 06:41 AM

Phil - the OS needs to be reinstalled ONLY if the OP intends to swap the system drive and try to boot from the hd. My response (and all the others) are saying the same thing. Let's all take a breath and let the OP respond :)



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Posted 09 April 2018 - 06:49 AM

Phil - the OS needs to be reinstalled ONLY if the OP intends to swap the system drive and try to boot from the hd. My response (and all the others) are saying the same thing. Let's all take a breath and let the OP respond :)

His last paragraph say it all

 

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If I manually enter the correct information in the BIOS setup, am I right to assume that the risks are minimal to non-existent, especially if I'm using the same operating system or something closely related? Ditto the same BIOS manufacturer: different (but closely-related) build.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 07:46 AM

He says he's using the same OS, not that he wants to boot from the 2nd drive. And again, instead of guessing it makes more sense to wait and hear from the source.



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Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:42 AM

Swapping drives from one unit to another and expecting it to boot properly is a real dream and most often a nightmare.  Unless you have the original disk used to install the OS on the drive, you can't do much but use it as a spare.  When the OS is installed, the key is part of the MBR and must match the disk used to install to do a repair.   This works well and generally is no problem but you need that disk.  That way any drive could be moved to any other system and be made a bootable  drive.



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Posted 09 April 2018 - 01:34 PM

Thanks for all the replies.

 

Yes, I am intending to boot from the less than 8gb IDE hard drive which contains the system files. The O/S did not come with the original computer (that I intend to dispense with) but was installed on it by the former owner.


Edited by computerdownhouse, 09 April 2018 - 01:34 PM.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 01:39 PM

Just remember if you are trying to use a IDE drive in a computer that only supports SATA you will need a converter:

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232004&cm_re=ide_to_sata_converter-_-12-232-004-_-Product

 

Modern machines have totally dropped IDE/PATA as its a obsolete standard


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 01:40 PM

Just remember if you are trying to use a IDE drive in a computer that only supports SATA you will need a converter:

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232004&cm_re=ide_to_sata_converter-_-12-232-004-_-Product

 

Modern machines have totally dropped IDE/PATA as its a obsolete standard

 

No, the replacement machine is also IDE/PATA.

 

 

 

Thanks for all the replies.

 

Yes, I am intending to boot from the less than 8gb IDE hard drive which contains the system files. The O/S did not come with the original computer (that I intend to dispense with) but was installed on it by the former owner.

 

Edited by computerdownhouse, 09 April 2018 - 01:42 PM.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 01:42 PM

Ah well then no issues.

I guess you are resurrecting old hardware then?

A retro PC of some kind?


Edited by MadmanRB, 09 April 2018 - 01:42 PM.

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