Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

Reuse Hard Drive with Vista

Posted on 2011-03-25
7
Medium Priority
?
190 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Why am I unable to use a hard drive that came out of a Vista machine in a new machine. Not sure if the original Vista was 64-bit or 32-bit, but it shouldn't matter - or should it. New machine as purchased , is Win 7 Home 64-bit
0
Comment
Question by:sasforge
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
7 Comments
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:hathehariken
ID: 35217446
hmm, can you post a screenshot of the disk management tab??

Click the Blue Windows logo on the left corner of the Windows task bar
Click the Control Panel located on the right side of the Windows menu
Once the Control Panel menu window opens, click System and Security located in the top left corner (for those with Control Panel viewed by icon: click Administrative Tools)
In System and Security, locate Administrative Tools. Click Create and format hard disk partitions (in icon view: double click Computer Management. In the left pane, select Disk Management)
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:Lordy123
ID: 35217452
Because the hardware is too different, it will blue screen, you can try running a startup repair.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html

Keep in mind after doing the startup repair on this HD in the new machine, you won't be able to boot it from the old machine. You could end up with the vista drive not being able to boot on either machine.

I would recommend using the easy transfer wizard and keeping the Win 7 hard drive in the new machine.
0
 

Author Comment

by:sasforge
ID: 35218450
Sorry for the delays --- system issues.
Anyway -- here's the entire story.
Customer has 6 HP Slimlines that have issues with motherboards, overheating etc. Rather than keep throwing good money after bad, we decided to by a couple normal size towers, put in the current Vista hard drives, and continue running with new hardware.
I have a screenshot of the health of the hard drive -- it shows healthy. I did a chkdsk on it after numerous auto fix attempts by the Vista and then tried in the new hardware and still nothing -- wants to fix itself

I slaved it in the new box and all data is accessible

Doc1.docx
0
What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:hathehariken
ID: 35220716
the problem is that you have 2 active partitions, as well as 2 system partitions.
windows is confused.

what is would recommend, is that you first attach the slave drive (300gb) in an USB enclosure.
then "take ownership" of all the data
then you copy over the data to a temporary storage location and format the drive.
then copy back and use normally.

by formatting, i mean delete the partitions and create new ones.
0
 

Author Comment

by:sasforge
ID: 35222614
Thank You for the reply!

My goal is to just install the Vista hard drive in the new box rather than do as you suggest. I did not want to have to move data from Vista drive to Win 7 drive -- just a wholesale change of the hardware.

Pop the old drive (Vista) into the new box, boot the new machine to Vista and continue with my business
0
 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
Lordy123 earned 750 total points
ID: 35235601
Windows doesn't work like that, you can try startup repair using the directions in my last post, if that doesnt work you'll need to do a repair install.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:sasforge
ID: 35237386
Thanks for reaffirming
0

Featured Post

Important Lessons on Recovering from Petya

In their most recent webinar, Skyport Systems explores ways to isolate and protect critical databases to keep the core of your company safe from harm.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Windows 10 Creator Update has just been released and I have it working very well on my laptop. Read below for issues, fixes and ideas.
It is a real story and is one of my scariest tech experiences. Most users think that IT experts like us know how to fix all computer problems. However, if there is a time constraint and you MUST not fail the task or you will lose your job, a simple …
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…
In this video, viewers will be given step by step instructions on adjusting mouse, pointer and cursor visibility in Microsoft Windows 10. The video seeks to educate those who are struggling with the new Windows 10 Graphical User Interface. Change Cu…

971 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question