Hard Drive compatibility

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April 8, 2011 at 21:49:48
Specs: XP Pro SP3, Celeron 1.8GHz/384MB
My sister is immigrating from Romania to America this year. She would like to bring her computer with her, but do to cost of transit this is not possible. What I would like to know is, if she takes her hard drive from her computer will it work in a system that was built in America? If it wont is it possible for her to buy an American hard drive and clone her old one to it before she leaves? Thanks in advance for any help!

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April 8, 2011 at 22:30:58
not sure how well unprotected laptop hard drives are going through metal detectors etc??

Perhaps someone knows, but then to put it in another system will cause issues unless it is near identical to hers at home, same brand model etc. If she uses windows or what have you all the drivers that make things work are different from one unit to another, which often causes the unit to crash and requires a "repair" of the operating system to make it work. Sometimes it simple will not work and a reinstall is needed. Why not copy her data on dvd and bring and cd etc programs she has with her.

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April 9, 2011 at 11:56:36
Its not a laptop, its a custom built computer running windows xp pro. The reason we need to bring the hard drive is that she does photo editing for a site called diveant art. She entered a contest once and won a copy of PS CS5 with a limited amount of serial numbers. She cant reinstall when she gets here because she has reached the maximum amount of installs. I wanted to know though if european hard drive would work in American systems.

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April 9, 2011 at 12:30:22
Hard drive specifications are universal throughout the world. The only thing to watch out for is the difference between P-ATA and S-ATA.. An American hard drive will be no different than a Romanian one of the same type.

However what she will not be able to do is run any operating system that is on the drive unless it is installed in a computer identical to the one it came out off. A repair install might work if the original XP Install disk is still available. If the Operating System cannot be resurrected then that will mean the PS CS5 software will not work without being reinstalled,

That has nothing to do with the fact that drive is European, that would happen regardless of where the drive came from. Cloning to an hard disk bought in America would achieve nothing.

She will be able to recover and data files, photographs, etc, without any problem.


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April 9, 2011 at 13:14:38
Thank you!

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