Moving hard disks with different OS?

Posted on 2004-08-23
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
Hello, I have a hard drive with XP installed on it, but ive ran into a few errors and it won't boot up. I'm wondering if its possible to test the hard disk in a pc which previously had win2000 OS running on it? would it run into any problems?
Question by:Slickire
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elbereth21 earned 63 total points
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You mean, that you want to substitute the existing HD in your Win2000 PC with the "XP" HD? No, you won't have any problems. Obviously, if the second machine doesn't start up, you will know for sure that the HD is failing to function properly. You might have to do some tampering with drivers, though.
Hope it helps, Elbereth

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thanks will give it a try.

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littlebuddah earned 62 total points
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Fair comment from elbereth as an alternative look at if you have a CDR and a copy of XP you can quickly make a CD bootable version of XP that has HDD testing applications built in and if you run a home network you may be able to recover any important files on the damaged disk to another system on network.

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I forgot to mention that you might useful creating a different Hardware Profile, so you will not have to reinstall XP drivers when (or if) you put your HD back in its original PC.
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Hi Hewittg,
this time I am pretty sure my solution should have worked, although the author did not come back to say anything.
Thanks for your patience, elbereth21.

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As you see fit hewittg, my solution is a good one that I have tested but elbereth was here first.  Just a shame slickire didn't have the grace to give us feedback.


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