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Inaccessible boot drive

Posted on 2004-10-21
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Hi,
I got the blue screen "Inaccessible boot drive" when I moved the harddrive from one PC to another (Win2000). I researched on EE and It appears I can't do that due to HAL problem. It seems very silly not to be able to accomplish with some minor software or method.
1. If anyone knows of a software or method, I'd appreciate knowing.
2. Is this problem true with the XP?
Thanks,
Phil
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    I'm not sure I understand the question.  Are you talking about moving the C: drive from one system to another?  Or trying to recover from a problem on a drive by putting in another system as a secondary drive?
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    by:spoowiz
    Moving the entire drive from an "old" pc to a "new" one.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Yes, that could very well be a problem.  Windows identifies so much of your hardware and optimizes itself to run on it, if you tried moving the drive from one system to another, unless the hardware is VERY similar, you likely won't be able to use it.  Even if it boots, you might have other problems.  When changing computers like that, it really is best to fully reinstall things to ensure trouble-free operation.  Anything less and you open yourself to bizarre problems today and in the future.

    Yes, XP is the same way.  Windows, since 95, hasn't been friendly with this sort of thing.  Linux is much better at this - if you want to switch platforms entirely.
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    by:Debsyl99
    Hi
    It is possible...
    How to move a Windows 2000 installation to different hardware
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=249694


    Deb :))
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    by:Debsyl99
    Just not by simply moving the drive...
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    by:spoowiz
    leew - i'm positive there is a BIG need for this. I can't believe there is no good SIMPLE solution for this via software. For example, software can:
    1. gather info from new PC, put it on a floppy
    2. install "old" drive to new PC, boot from floppy and re-write necessary info to the "old" harddrive
    Some talented person is going to make some money doing this!

    debsyl99 - yes, saw that "solution" previously. that "solution" is so unclear and difficult and "not guarateed" to work, that it's really a non-solution, especially to the "average" people, don't you think?
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    Microsoft's OEM License does not permit installing the version of Windows that came with one computer on another.  This would include simply swapping hard drives - thus doing what you want would be technically illegal for most people.

    If all you want to do is transfer data, then this is easy.  You can put the hard drive in the new pc as a slave and the new PC (with it's own copy of Windows) should see the drive as a "D:" drive (or somewhat higher letter, depending on the number of partitions and optical drives you might have).

    There's also wizards for transferring files.  You just can't transplant the OS.
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