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April 5, 2016 at 18:07:54
Specs: windows XP, 631MB
I have an Compaq Presario 6000 desktop running XP. It has an 80 GB drive in it which is more than I need for a boot C drive. I would rather keep it as a slave data drive. I have a 27 GB drive with XP on it. I tried to put this in the machine but when I boot up it gets past the Compaq screen and then just gets a blinking underscore in the top left hand corner of the screen.

I also have a 30 GB drive with XP. When I try this one it gets to a screen where it asks me how I want to start windows (normal, safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, etc). No matter what I choose the machine just reboots again and come back to the same screen.

Are drives of the same Windows OS not interchangeable.


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April 6, 2016 at 16:18:16
Drives are interchangeable, Windows installations are not. If you want to run one of the smaller HDDs, you will either have to do a repair installation of Windows, or reinstall from scratch. Why do you want to remove his "big" HDD?

631MB memory? Probably 512MB + 128MB with a small amount allocated to the onboard graphics. The Presario 6000 can handle up to 2GB (2 x 1GB) of DDR266/333/400. I suggest you pull the 128MB & replace it with 1GB. The system will perform MUCH better with 1.5GB.

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#1
April 5, 2016 at 18:08:58
I should have mentioned the 80 GB drive is a Maxtor, the 27 GB drive is a Maxtor, and the 30 GB is a Quantum.

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April 5, 2016 at 18:21:37
An operating system is installed for a specific motherboard and
processor. If you install an operating system on a hard drive in one
computer and then move the hard drive to a computer which is not
identical to the first computer, the operating system will fail.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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April 5, 2016 at 18:32:20
If a drive has XP or later installed on it via one computer, and you transfer the drive to another - it won't boot or run correctly; unless you run a Repair Installation. That is effectively an overwrite pf the existing installation; and is not done via Recovery Console. The registry will have entries that are specific to the computer which made that installation, switching the drive to another means those entries are invalid - and thus it won't work/boot..

So the 27Gig drive with XP on it, was that installation made using another computer; and likewise the 30Gig?

There are various scenarios you could follow here, but post back first with how/where the 27 & 30Gig drive XP installations were created.

All modern drives are of same specification, any drive from any manufacturer ought to work in any compatable computer.

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April 5, 2016 at 18:54:57
Hi again trvlr,

The 80 GB is the one that works. The 27 and 30 don't. How they were created I am not sure. They were drives that I kept out of machines my dad had. He is a careless computer user and goes thru computer quickly, because he doesn't have the skills to fix them, and waiting for me to get a chance to drive 6 hours for a visit doesn't happen often enough. The 30GB drive does have a yellow sticky with Compaq on it, but that could have been from a different Compaq computer.


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April 6, 2016 at 16:18:16
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Drives are interchangeable, Windows installations are not. If you want to run one of the smaller HDDs, you will either have to do a repair installation of Windows, or reinstall from scratch. Why do you want to remove his "big" HDD?

631MB memory? Probably 512MB + 128MB with a small amount allocated to the onboard graphics. The Presario 6000 can handle up to 2GB (2 x 1GB) of DDR266/333/400. I suggest you pull the 128MB & replace it with 1GB. The system will perform MUCH better with 1.5GB.

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April 6, 2016 at 17:48:20
You could back up all your personal files; then use something like Easus partition manager to reduce the size of the current Primary partition on the 80gig; and thus allow you to crate an Extended partition. Then you can store data in the Extended partition; keeping the primary for OS/apps etc. And of course ensure that "al" your critical personal data is also duplicated elsewhere (off the 80Gig drive); typically to DVD, and as you have them also to an external hard drive...

http://www.easeus.com/partition-man...

Never tweak any partition without first safeguarding its contents; especially if the content is critical/personal stuff...


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April 6, 2016 at 19:25:49
riider - I will make an attempt to boost the memory if everything else falls into place.

trvlr - yes that is certainly an option. I have done that before with a copy of Partition Magic I have. I was sure I had swapped XP drives before, but maybe the installation was so close to the new machine and had limited drivers.


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#8
April 6, 2016 at 21:41:44
trvlr - not sure what I was thinking. I usually like to keep data on a separate physical drive from the OS/software. That being said even if the data is on a seperate physical drive, it would still have to be backed up as you stated. I will partition the drive and soldier on. Thanks again for everyone's help.

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#9
April 8, 2016 at 19:37:35
As long as the contents on the 80 gig don't add up to more than 30 gig you should be able to clone the 80 gig to one of the smaller drives. Consider though those drives are probably at least 15 years old (of course the 80 is probably nearly that old) and you may not want to risk using something that old for your OS.

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#10
April 25, 2016 at 16:48:42
Dave,

What would I use to clone the drive?

Anyone, I went to use PartitionMagic to partition the drive. It tells me I am running WIN2K, and that OS is not supported. However when I right click on My Computer and goes to properties, it tells me I am running Windows XP SP3. I also get the XP logo when I boot up.


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#11
April 25, 2016 at 20:14:00
Go to the support page for manufacturer of the drive you want to copy to. They should have software you can download to clone their drive. I think most manufacturer's use a branded version of Acronis, branded because that makes sure that their drive is being used. Usually you can use the cloning software of either drive--the one being cloned from and the one being cloned to--but just to make sure try to get the software for the 'cloning to' drive.

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#12
April 26, 2016 at 11:48:19
You could also just install one of the other two drives as a secondary. Then, format the drive and you can use it for data storage.

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