installing hard drive error

September 1, 2010 at 12:35:25
Specs: Windows XP
I have a replacement hard drive with all the components of windows XP from Dell, I also now have a laptop with Vista on it...would like to put xp hard drive into Vista laptop....laptop wont boot when I do it, so obviously I need to do something?

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#1
September 1, 2010 at 13:46:42
You can only transfer a hard disk from one computer to another if the two computers are very similar. Is this the case? In the case of OEM system this is even less likely to work.

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#2
September 2, 2010 at 05:18:31
Both laptops are Dell Inspiron, although different model numbers....the Vista has been a problem from day one, and Dell gave me a new hard drive for the XP, because I thought the one in it was making noise...so it has never been used..thought I could change the operating system on the Vista as well...obviously I'm not a computer wizard...also the Vista says the hard drive is full, and there is not anything out of the norm on it...maybe its time to junk it...

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#3
September 2, 2010 at 05:27:25
If Dell gave you a hard drive with XP on it for their machine, you need to set it up with your laptop. It should have a recovery partition on the drive. I'm not sure what key to hit at start up, so you need to find out what it is. If you hit the right key at boot up, it should go to the recovery partition and let you install the OS.

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#4
September 2, 2010 at 05:33:18
But I wanted to use it on the Vista laptop...my laptop with XP works great

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#5
September 2, 2010 at 06:41:09
I see. If you have recovery disks that came with the vista laptop, install the hard drive with xp on it and boot from the Vista recovery disks. Follow the onscreen directions to install vista. The installation will wipe the xp data when you create and format the drive.

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#6
September 2, 2010 at 06:50:23
I prefer XP, so would like the Vista computer to use the XP hard drive, not wipe it, and become Vista....

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#7
September 2, 2010 at 07:37:15
also, why is my Trend Micro virus software using 30GB?...is that a bit high?

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#8
September 2, 2010 at 07:53:08
If you want 2 laptops with Xp, install the hard drive Dell gave you and follow the instructions on post #3. I don't know about Trend Micro, I use Avast free edition. It works great and is very small. You might want to dump Trend Micro.

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#9
September 3, 2010 at 12:56:02
I uninstalled Trend Micro Virus software, and chkdsk ran when I rebooted, and there were so many bad files, "orphan" files...I got 30gb back, and the laptop runs good, but now it takes so long to boot....if I crtl/alt/del, and open up task manager it starts vista going....any ideas on how to fix that?....and I went and downloaded Avast as you had mentioned.....thanks for so much help!...hope you have somemore for me!

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#10
September 3, 2010 at 13:32:54
I should expand on that....loads up to the log in screen fine...then you log in, and you get the spinning circle...I am not sure if it even would open up with out doing the crtl alt del, and opening task manager....but when you do, it loads up at a normal speed, no problem for it to be ready in a couple minutes....

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