is the hard drive out of the fried pc also fried?
if not follow this guide to ensure some sequence of installing a hard drive correctly has been followed, take some time to read through, then check again before switching the pc on,
its worth understanding the xp from the fried pc will probably not work on the second pc, you will have to install a new Xp if the hardware e.g. mother board was different.
hope this helps
weird i ve tried to post the link several times it just doesnt copy properly
google the bit of the link ive posted and you will see it homes in on Easeus web site
full instructions for ide drive there
meanwhile maybe c.net/ JW web admin can explain why this happens as ive noticed this alot recently, am i banned from linking to this site?