Moving SATA hdd to new system

April 14, 2009 at 02:02:13
Specs: Windows XP
Recently I bought a new com and i moved one of the SATA hdd (used as data storage only) from my old system to the new com. I understand that whenever a new internal hdd is installed in a com, we need to go to disk manager to "activate" the hdd.

The problem I am facing is "activation" will sweep all my data in that hdd. Is there anyway to activate it while retaining the data in that hdd? I would prefer not to transfer the data out but rather make it "plug and play"

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April 14, 2009 at 02:31:08

you dont need to activate anything if all your doing is adding a hard drive to another pc containing data only.

You will need to be able to configure the new pc bios that is all , XP automatically identifies the new drive and adds it to the system OS

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April 14, 2009 at 02:43:52
thanks for the respond, but the Bios have no problem in detecting my HDD, it is shown in my Bios. Just that XP doesn't automatically recognize that hdd.

I go thru the net searching for solution, so far the only i found is to "activate" that drive thru disk manager, which I wouldn't want to as it wipes the data.

Any other solution?

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April 14, 2009 at 09:54:41
Is the new pc sata? or ide?
under disk management have you clicked rescan disks?
( xp requires a sata driver if its only ide.)

look in Control Panel, System, Device Manager.
If you have an "unrecognized device"
click on the "Remove" button, & reboot

let Xp find a new drive via the 'Found New Hardware Wizard' appearing after Xp starts. In the opening screen, choose Install the software automatically.

if it doesnt find the required software click 'back', check your motherboard driver disk or download the relevant sata driver,
and point the wizard in the direction of the sata driver.

The disk management usually is only required for unformatted disks, formating partitioning etc,
try another sata cable, as a last resort,
post your pc motherboard spec if still no joy.

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April 14, 2009 at 10:06:22
Your new computer may be running the primary drive in AHCI mode. Boot into the BIOS and see how the SATA controller you are connecting to is configured.

Also, watch the POST screens at start up to verify the drive is being identified by both the model and FULL capacity.

What you may be referring to is TAKING OWNERSHIP of the files/ folders. To learn how to do that look at the link below.

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April 14, 2009 at 11:38:52
To emphasize what was said, there is no "activation by Disk Manager" needed. Follow the suggestions that were given above.

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April 14, 2009 at 11:45:29
OtheHill good point , but i think his pc is in IDE mode, otherwise wouldnt the sata hdd be picked up by xp?

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April 14, 2009 at 12:35:54

I don't know which way the BIOS is configured. That is what I was pointing out to the OP.

Read the first paragraph of the link below to understand what AHCI is. It is a non specific SATA driver mode the I believe is used primarily with Intel chipsets. If the computer is currently using that mode to configure the boot drive the OP may need to move the SATA cable to a port that supports that mode. If not, the other choice would be to install SATA drivers which would mean a re-install.

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