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Re: Moving HDD into a new PC

  • Subject: Re: Moving HDD into a new PC
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2006 08:14:18 +0000
  • Newsgroups: uk.comp.misc
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [Frazer Jolly Goodfellow] on Friday 03 February 2006 23:32 \__

> Jack Ouzzi <nospam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
> news:kkc7u197erkq1qh69bgip1skcoftti4te0@xxxxxxx:
>> Ordered a new PC box to replace a recently departed (second)
>> desktop PC.
>> Hoping to swap disk drives from my current first P4 desktop to
>> the new better spec't box (bought with no HDD) and then the
>> smaller HDD from the dead PC, to the current P4 PC.
>> Both are boot drives with Win XP on .... should they boot up as
>> normal, or are there any tricks the POST/ bios will play on me??
>> TIA
> Fit the hard drive into the new box.
> Boot from your XP installation CD and do a repair installation,
> instructions here:
> <http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm>

Assuming you fit both hard-drive and BIOS can spot them fine, you could also
run a Linux distribution and set the O/S on whichever hard-drive you wish.
'expert' installation in Ubuntu, for example, will enable you to install a
bootloader where you select which hard-drive to boot from. I haven't such
experience with other distributions.

Either way, the harder part, which might lead to some delays, is getting the
hard-drives to be recognised at BIOS-level. You should be able to allocate
another partition to reside in tandem to the existing XP installation, which
the instructions Frazer pointed at, help you recover as-is.

Hope it helps,


Roy S. Schestowitz
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