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Moving A Hard Drive To Another Computer


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#1 Rorgath

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 01:52 PM

HELP! My computer fried and I need to move my hard drive with Windows XP PRO to another PC. When I try, I get an error message

Stop 0x0000007B

So far I have looked this up in Microsoft and got instructions to use Mergeide. This hasn't worked, since the original PC is dead. Is there any other way to accomplish this? I can hook the drive up with an external hard drive enclosure so I have access to all the files.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 03:12 PM

Moving a hard drive:
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 02:43 AM

John,

Thanks for the reply, looks like this might do the trick. Seems very thorough and detailed.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 10:15 AM

John,

Thanks for the reply, looks like this might do the trick. Seems very thorough and detailed.



I hope this is true and works for you, my experience in this situation is that the registry knows the chipset from the other motherboard and causes errors in the registry when it can't find the information it's used to seeing on the new motherboard. This is why they suggest that you go through the process of the upgrade with the new board.

If you have the XP OS CD and proper product code I would just wipe the drive and do a reinstallation. If you have already installed it with the new motherboard without going through the suggested procedure you may have already damaged the registry and have no other option.

Good luck.

usasma, there's some good suggestion in that article, I bookmarked it for furture use.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 11:59 AM

I've used the techniques in the article before with good success. I've also done it without it - and it caused havoc with my system. The fix for that is a repair install (but that's a whole lotta time).

One other piece of advice that I've used with good results is to remove all hardware devices that aren't present on the new system before shutting down for the last time on the old system. Then, when you boot for the first time on the new system, Windows should take care of recognizing all of the new hardware on it's own.

IMO, this will work OK - but if it's completely different hardware it may cause Windows to become confused and stop working altogether. I have tried this on my own systems - but my systems are generally made out of similar hardware, so Windows doesn't get a challenged with recognizing my hardware (Asus mobo's, nVidia based graphics cards, Intel processors, etc) But in the end, if it does "tank" on you, the solution is the good old repair install.

The primary advantage of this is that it lets you keep the same security descriptors on the system - and won't mess up your access to older data that was done on the old system (and using NTFS). With FAT32, this won't be a problem - but it's enough of a pain that I prefer the repair install to a clean install.
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