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Moving HD to another PC, can't boot

August 25, 2006 at 01:04:43
Specs: WinXp Pro, P4 3ghz, 1gb ram

I've just took the HD from one computer (who was working great) and plugged it as a slave on another computer... if I boot on the primary HD it work and I see the files of the other one but if I boot on the second one (using bios boot order or windows boot.ini file) it just automaticly reboot before entering the windows loading screen... any idea?

Both HD are running WinXp Pro same language.


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#1
August 25, 2006 at 01:12:39

The old HDD probably had a different motherboard to the PC it's now in, so that's the reason it won't boot.

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#2
August 25, 2006 at 01:22:54

Though it would work, what should I do? re-install Windows on top of the existing one?

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#3
August 25, 2006 at 01:50:32

What are you trying to achieve? Dual boot of xp?

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#4
August 25, 2006 at 01:53:26

Why do you need two windows operating systems on the one PC?
Lots of people do dualboot. If you want to then I suggest you save any data from the second drive that you need, and then format it and instal a fresh operating system on it while it is in the slave position. XP will configure the dualboot during the instal process.

This is not the only solution but is my recommendation.

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#5
August 25, 2006 at 08:56:01

Try a system repair. That will work sometimes. XP will normally only recognize the machine it was installed on.

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#6
August 25, 2006 at 10:51:46

I'm doing this because I'm giving away my cpu to someone (buying a cpu one). They had a computer before and don't want to loose their data/system settings at all that's why I would like to avoid re-install/repair (but will try if necessary). Only this HD on single master don't work, but I still want to boot on the two because this week I stay there and then I take my 2 HD and plug them in my next PC (don't want to loose my configs too).

Safe mode don't work too, I might try a repair.


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#7
August 25, 2006 at 15:21:07

Remove your own HD before doing the repair instal. Otherwise you will only compound the booting problem when you finally give away the system minus your original drive.
When you move your drive to your own new system you will have to do another repair instal to get it to boot.

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#8
August 25, 2006 at 16:10:15

To your information, I managed to do what I wanted using the Microsoft Sysprep tool (give better result than a "repair")

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