Master/Slave hard drive questions

January 2, 2011 at 08:20:48
Specs: Windows XP
Here's my dilemma. I am about to upgrade to a new computer soon, and the new one has a blank drive in it (meaning it's not installed with the latest Windows XP.) Could I take the drive from the old computer, make it a master drive in the new comp, and avoid the installation process?

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#1
January 2, 2011 at 08:31:26
No you can't, not without a lot of messing around which. It would be simpler and quicker to do a complete re-installation. Either way you will need a Windows XP installation CD.

The only time you can take a drive out of one computer and expect it to boot in another is if the hardware in both computers is identical. The installed drivers ranging for chip set drivers and CPU configuration, video and audio drivers and a whole lot more will be different.

Stuart


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#2
January 2, 2011 at 08:42:22
Thanks for the help. Got another one for you.
When I install xp onto the new comp, can I take the drive from the old one and put that into it without any problems?

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#3
January 2, 2011 at 08:43:16
Is it a brand new computer or just new to you? New computers generally don't have a master or slave so I can only assume you have an IDE HDD. New systems use SATA although there is usually (but not always) one IDE connector available. Why would you want to run a slow IDE HDD on a new system? As Stuart stated, XP will have to be reinstalled anyway. HDDs with the OS preinstalled generally can't be transferred from one system to another.

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#4
January 2, 2011 at 09:27:53
You could install the old drive in the new computer, reformat it and use it for data and programmes bearing in mind what mickliq said above.

Stuart


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