Switch Hard Drives

I have an older computer running WINXP wiht an intel processor. This computer is a home built system... I just bought a new AMD Athalon XP computer, also home built. I wold like to take the harddrive out of the old computer and put it in the new computer so I do not have to copy all the files, settings etc to the new system. Is this possible? I keep thinking this sounds to easy so there must be a catch somewhere :) All help is appreciated.

Jackie
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CallandorCommented:
It is not easy - I did it moving from an Intel P4 to an Athlon64 system, but I was fortunate that it could boot into safe mode.  You basically have to perform a repair install after moving the hard drive: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm.  The system may still not boot up after that, and you may be able to locate in the event log where it is hanging if you can boot into safe mode to look at the log.  Otherwise, you will have to do a clean install.
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Craig_200XCommented:
Sometimes you can do it easily, but in your case going from a different processor brand, I think you will have to follow Callandors suggestion repair/install. If you have your install disks for all your programs you want to keep, I would go through the reformat and fresh install to have the fastest / best performance.. the repair / reinstall keeps files... some that are probably not needed.
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aindiscuteCommented:
Changing hard drives wad just covered by Fred Langa (who also has a terrific newsletter) in an recent article published in Information Week.  It gives you a good step-by-step to change your hard drive with a minimum of trouble.  The link to the article follows:

http://www.informationweek.com/LP/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=3JGE0AX5A0T0MQSNDBOCKH0CJUMEKJVN?articleID=181502411
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nobusCommented:
Look here for how to do it :

http://65.24.134.81/KipSolutions/MovingXPNewMotherboard/MovingXP.htm      move XP to other mobo
http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;nl;314070                       "     "     "    "      "   
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Craig_200XCommented:
Lots of good info.. Let us know how it goes for you Jackie!
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jstilgenAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all for info. I think I will do a clean install... Sometime taking the long way is the best way :)
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nobusCommented:
i thought you asked if you could switch drives ?
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CallandorCommented:
Not to mention, I did include a clean install as an alternative.  No split of points as a sign of a good answer?
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Craig_200XCommented:
I dont mind splitting the points Callandor. you want me to post a question for you?
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CallandorCommented:
I appreciate the gesture, Craig_200X.  jstilgen should ask to reopen the question, if it was an oversight.  If not, I won't get too worked up over it.
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nobusCommented:
Agreed with me.
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jstilgenAuthor Commented:
Sorry about the points thing, I wanted to split them but could not figure out how... Should probably of read the instructions huh?... So I have no problem giving anyone who wants points... points. I will see how to do it and try to get them split.  J
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aindiscuteCommented:
Thanks, jstilgen.  If you don't get the Langa newsletter, I'd give it a try.  
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