swap hard drives

July 10, 2010 at 22:08:54
Specs: Windows XP
Hi everyone! Here is my problem: I need to take internal working hard drive from my friend and connect it in my home to my working computer. I disconnected my working hard drive and then connected my friend's hard drive. When computer loads, I can see that hard drive in BIOS, then all numbers and letters popping up and computer is trying to start into Windows. And at that time when short lines move under Windows logo, computer is trying to restart itself automatically. Then I try to load in Safe Mode, but after showing bunch of letters, like loading, it restarts automatically again before getting to Windows.
So, how I make my friend's hard drive to load Windows?
I tried one more thing: I connected two hard drives at same time: mine and my friend's. If mine starts first, then I can see my friends hard drive just like bunch of files and folders. If I try to load my friend's hard drive first, it won't boot up. What can be wrong?

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July 10, 2010 at 22:46:18
I found one article, very-very similar to my issue: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for... Just in case someone will have kind of similar problem as mine, just read that page and you will see: you CAN"T do anything about it, you can't help it, forget it.
Too bad, I really needed to swap hard drives but now I have to find another way for work-around.

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July 11, 2010 at 02:36:23
1. Leave your HD in place - you need it to boot into Windows
2. Set the jumper at the rear of your friends HD to "Slave" and connect it to your PC
3. Restart the PC - and as you have already found your HD will boot the PC and all the files and folders on your friend's HD will be available to you

Your friends HD will not boot your PC into Windows since it is "registered" to another PC

What are you trying to do?

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July 11, 2010 at 23:45:57
Thanks, rfp2001, I just did that already. It shows me my friend's hard drive like if I would plug in flash drive - just to see files, delete some and add some. But I really wanted to load that hard drive into Windows. Just there are some problems that needs to be fixed and instead of sitting at someone's home for several hours and trying to repair computer, I could do the same thing at home without bothering anybody and do the job at that time when I feel comfortable to do so. I don't want to take the whole computer with me and try to fix it, just only hard drive. That is what I was thinking of. Plus, if I will need to use Internet, at home I have much faster speed than at my friend's home. It makes very big difference where to work.

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July 12, 2010 at 00:17:06
Still not sure what "problems" you are trying to fix.

The best you are able to do would be to back up the files/folders from your friends PC - either to a flash drive (if big enough) or DVD's - then reinsert the HD into your friends PC and then to run a clean install of Windows and copy what files/folders he needs back also.

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July 12, 2010 at 08:00:34
Your solution is not practical because you would need to perform a repair install in order to get the drive to boot in your computer. Then when returning it to the original computer the reverse would be necessary.

If you are running WinXP professional and your friend's computer can boot into WinXP you can remotely connect to their computer and take control from your own desktop.

As was asked above, what issues do you need to deal with? Sometimes the time spent to educate someone is time well spent. Teaching someone to install cleaners, etc and how to run them is time well spent.

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July 12, 2010 at 10:30:36
My friends caught several viruses and those viruses block everything to use: from Internet to regular use of computer. And Internet speed is very slow over there to use remote control.
I was thinking to boot up that hard drive at my home and I have Win Xp installatin disk when I'll needed. Just I'm not sure I will need also to enter Serial Key Number, if so I don't have, it is labeled on friend's computer.
So, now I connected this hard drive like a flash drive, just to see files and folders. My antivirus already cleaned it with 17 viruses found. But I also need to install new antivirus on friend's computer, there is none. So, I guess, I will have to do that over there, not in my home.

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