old hd to new pc

September 25, 2010 at 01:19:46
Specs: Windows xp
I had an old compaq that crapped out. The harddrive is still good and i honestly like xp. MY budget will not allow me to upgrade to a new hardrive with windows 7 atm and i hate vista. What kind of issues will i run into putting my old harddrive into a new custom system? My harddrive has the recovery partition if that helps any

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September 25, 2010 at 02:01:14
The recovery partition is designed to restore the original operating system in the hardware environment it was installed in. It will not help you in a different hardware environment.

The only way your XP will boot up in the new system is if the hardware matches almost exactly the old system it came out of.

To accomplish a hard drive migration with XP on it, you need an XP install disk and before attempting to boot the harddrive you boot the XP CD and perform an over-the-top or Repair install

If you don't have an XP Install CD you're screwed

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September 25, 2010 at 19:24:16
ok well that sucks, is it possible to do a clean sweep on my old hd removing the partition and all in the new pc. I would assume i would go in through bios and format but i never removed a partition before. so what should i be expecting in this case?

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September 25, 2010 at 19:36:39
You need a bootable floppy or CD with the appropriate partitioning & format tools in order to wipe the drive. Does the new PC have a floppy drive? If not you can create a bootable CD

Check out this site for a great free utility


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