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Moving Hdds Between Computers

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#1 mama4cats


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Posted 26 March 2007 - 04:47 PM

I don't know how much info to provide before it would be overload, so here's what happened so far:

System 1 had two SATA drives, a 250GB (Drive 1) and a 200GB (Drive 2). The 250 GB drive has 4 partitions, C: contained aplications and data files and D:, E: and F: contained data only. The 200GB drive was blank at the time (a hedge against inflation?)

System 2 has two PATA drives and one SATA drive.

Motherboard failed on System 1. HDD drive 1 removed and added to System 2 due to immediate need for the data. I've been able to access the data just fine.

Replaced motherboard on system 1, then loaded Windows XP on drive 2 to make sure everything would work OK, so far, it does.

I now have to move drive 1 back into system 1. I had heard that removing drive 2 and reinstalling drive 1 and expecting it to function correctly was wishful thinking.

My desire is to try to have all of the applications and data from drive 1 back in system 1 quickly and intact, with as few problems as possible. As drive 2 only contains the OS, I don't know that I care if it stays or goes, drive 1 also contains the same OS.

I need to know how to best accomplish this without causing additional problems. I would appreciate any advice that might help.


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Posted 26 March 2007 - 06:44 PM

I'm not sure that I understand, but are you trying to use a hard drive with XP on it in a different system? If so, then this article's for you: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

There's several ways of going about this that I've seen and have used - but my experiments have been on systems with similar hardware (Asus mobos, WD hard drives, nVidia video cards, NIC's onboard the Asus mobo, etc)

One thing I've done is to remove all the hardware (that will change in the move) before the last shutdown of XP. This will allow XP to redetect the hardware - and may save you from a repair install

The other option is to install the Hard Drive and boot directly to the XP CD and start a repair install immediately (without trying to boot into Windows).
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