Hardware/OS doubt

January 9, 2012 at 09:10:39
Specs: Linux i686
Hi guys, I have a doubt.

I have 2 hard drives (SATA), and in one of them I have the XP and in the other one I have the UBUNTU.

I bought new computer parts, everything new (never used before), motherboard, RAM, processor. For storage I'll be using my old hard drives.

My question (kinda of a beginner's question) is can I just put my old hard drives in my new assembled machine without reinstalling the Operational Systems? Will everything work fine, or do I have to reinstall the XP and the UBUNTU on each drive again?

(I used UBUNTU'S GRUB to have linux and windows in the same machine with two hard drives).

Thank you all.

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January 9, 2012 at 09:30:27
Not totally sure about Ubuntu, but in most cases the Windows installation is going to choke when you turn it on......it will have all the drivers etc for the old board etc, so now it will discover all this new hardwire.....periodically you get real lucky and the board is similar enough or Windows has the needed drivers, installs them and it works....does not happen often.....Sometimes (more often) it blue screens starting up in the new system and you can attempt a Windows Repair with disk....hopefully, it is able to repair the OS to bootable point and you can then begin putting in the new drivers if missing some. If that fails you are pretty much down to saving data and reinstalling in the new hardware. So to answer your question. I would back up my data for sure FIRST. Then see how it goes, being prepared to re-install.

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January 9, 2012 at 09:59:21
You indicate you will be using the old hard drives for storage. Does that mean you want to have Windows on a new hard drive?

If you intend to use the same hard drive the WinXP is on, then see below.

Windows XP is NOT going to go well, if at all. WinXP does NOT natively support SATA hard drives. So, If you installed WinXP using SATA mode of some sort the new motherboard is sure to have a different SATA controller.

As HopperRox stated above, you MAY be able to perform a repair install, if you have a floppy drive, you slipstream the new SATA controller drivers, or you set the BIOS settings to IDE compatibility mode.

Best to backup all personal files, which you SHOULD be going on an ongoing basis anyway, then try the above.

If your copy of WinXP originally came pre-installed on a brand name computer then all bets are off.

Depending on what hardware is on the new motherboard there is a good chance you won't find drivers for WinXP.

I suggest you just bite the bullet and buy a copy of Windows 7.

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January 9, 2012 at 18:27:54
Thanks guys, I'm understating now... but I really needed some more information about how what I'm planning to do will go for UBUNTU, because that is my main operational system (the one I use the most).

Thank you everyone that responded but I still want to know more!

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January 9, 2012 at 18:52:15
I am not an expert on Linux either. Post a query on the Linux forum here at CN. I suspect you need to reinstall both OSes, which is best, IMO.

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January 9, 2012 at 20:11:32
Thank you OtheHill, thank you HopperRox, I will backup everything and reinstall...

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