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one of my computer failed, cannot power it on at all. I pulled out the hard drive and confirmed i still have access to the data. I don't have any identical computers, so is it possible to restore it to other computer without reinstalling the whole operating system?
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If the new computer is very different from the old one, XP is not good at coming up with different hardware. So in addition to the above post, two things:

1. First, copy your data onto a secure backup media in case something goes wrong.
2. Second, be prepared for reinstalling the operating system.

Then to the obvious (to me):

XP is dead and your computer is dead. It is really time to move on to Windows 7, or (if you are game for a single use, no start button consumer computer) possibly Windows 8.

... Thinkpads_User
If it is XP, you may be able to do a repair installation. Install The hard drive in the computer you want it to be in.
NOTE: BACKUP ALL IMPORTANT DATA FIRST.
Boot from the XP disc (must be same version as installed, i.e. XP Home Edition). When The disc has booted, Press Enter to install XP.
Agree with F8.
Then it will search for previous installations. If it finds it, press R to repair. This will allow the current XP to run with this hardware.
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I already tested. the motherborad defective. so the Paragon Drive Copy able to migrate the old hard drive to a different hardware? if it does, can you explain the steps? connect the hard drive to the new machine and run the paragon cd? and it will take care the rest? do I need another hard drive? my point here is what I don't want to reinstall windows on new machine as there is a specific program and we no longer have support, so if I reinstall the os, I will have no idea how to set it up.
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whoops... I should have refreshed first.
Several new post between when I read this and when I posted.  : /
Personally for the sake of one app i would not be sticking to XP. You have to draw a line somewhere, and you will have a nightmare with drivers.

Personally i would be going to a windows 7 (not a fan of windows 8 yet ;) system, installing oracle virtualBox (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads ) and converting your old windows xp machine to virtual and putting it in VirtualBox.

cheers
Andrew
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my question is now I cannot even turn on my old computer, how can I convert it to a vm or using the Paragon  tool?
for VM.
Boot your new computer, with a new drive.
Instal new OS and configure.
Instal Oracle virtual box.
Install old HDD with XP in as second hard drive.
convert the hard drive to virtual http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical-to-Virtual
done.

Paragon, i am not familiar with. But you would need some sort of Boot CD.

Either way if this is mission criticle then i would ensure you have a backup of the drive on a second drive (USB if you want) so that at worst you dont lose everything.

Cheers
Andrew.
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this is the link to adaptive restore :  http://www.paragon-software.com/business/adaptiverestore/
but they have removed the download
i suppose because it its integrated in the Backup & Recovery 12 home :
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/brh/
see here :
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>>3. you will probably need to re-activate XP with all the hardware changes

If you have moved the HDD to another machine don't forget that it might be an OEM version of Windows.  If so it won't be licensed anymore as the license is irrevocably tied to the machine it was supplied with.

You might be able to get round that by running a repair using a CD which matches the installation on the new machine but there's a chance that Windows own (SLP) anti-piracy measures will prevent Windows running even if you use an adaptive restore to make the system aware of all the new hardware components.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/A_3721-Can-I-transfer-my-OEM-version-of-Windows-to-another-PC.html
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AndrewJDavis,  I have the VMware vCenter Converter on the new computer, but I don't see any option I can convert the old drive to vm

coral47, let me make sure I got it right. So I just need to connect the old hard drive to a new machine and then boot the new machien with the paragon cd and then it should do the magic and make it compatible with the new machine right?
i suggest to read the documentation, and view the product tour from the link i posted
>> ...and make it compatible with the new machine right?

Basically. It should give you the option to:
a) looks for drivers automacially,
b) have you point to them,
c) or just strip out the old drivers and you will load them later.

But like nobus suggested, read the docs first. If your version is newer than the one I am using, there might be some differences.

I just did my W2Ksp4 drive 2 weeks ago. Took it from an old P4 (socket 478) to a AMD 3200+ (socket 939), and the only problem was of my own doing (I added the wrong drivers after I did the strip), and had to reclone the drive to do it again.   : /
The second time it went fairly smooth. Just had to delete and redo some cookies in Firefox so they would work again.
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thanks! I will try it if it didn't work well, I am thinking to convert it to vm and use vmplayer.
is there any tool I can use to convert the hard drive to vm? I already checked with the VMware vCenter Converter, but there is no option that I can convert a hard disk to vm...
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i tried with the restore cd and select to looks for drivers automacially, but it fail to boot into windows. any suggestion?
Yes.

I confirmed i still have access to the data. I don't have any identical computers,

Back up your data as you know that you can do, set up a new computer and copy the data onto it. That is the path of least resistance and highest longer term stability.

.... Thinkpads_User
Thinkpads. This issue is that the windows xp machine has a legacy application that cannot be reloaded, so the op needs to keep the existing OS configuration. Simply copying data wont do that.

As above i would be converting the disk to virtual and give it its own virtualized enviroment. to convert to vhd use http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx 

Then virtualize as above.

Cheers
Andrew
This issue is that the windows xp machine has a legacy application that cannot be reloaded

I read that but I see a lot of that in here  (I did not think ahead to the day when my computer will inexorably die).

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yeah we all see it way too often.

Without knowing what the app is and having it in front of me (you) it is impossible to say if it could be easily ported across to a new OS, which would make things easier, but is unlikely.

In this instance the best bet moving forward to a new computer is to virtualize the old system so that you still have it available.

In the long run Okamon may be better of taking the system to a reasonable IT consultant and getting them to fix it for him. But finding someone who is familiar with P2V conversions will make the difference of a good or bad experiance.

Cheers
Andrew
Why wouldn't a repair installation work?
It very may well.
And if you want your new computer to operate on the old OS without virtualization, that is the path i would be going down. BUT make sure it is on an imaged drive and not your original so that you have a fallback position.

If you want to forget about the virtulization route, then the question is from the OPs last statement "i tried with the restore cd and select to looks for drivers automacially, but it fail to boot into windows. any suggestion? ".

WHAT fails to boot into windows? The CD, or the Hard Drive. If it is the hard drive after running your paragon stuff (i am not familiar with the paragon procedures), then i would be putting the original XP cd into the drive and booting from it and running a repair installation.

Cheers
Andrew
Bearing in mind that you would now be running an old outdated OS on new hardware, and drivers may become a serious issue, as they may not exist for the new hardware.
>> ...drivers automacially, but it fail to boot into windows. any suggestion?

Try booting into Safe Mode and install the drivers.
you'll have to decide soemwhere :
1- try to repair it yourself - do you have any replacement parts for testing, or access to them?
2-turn it in for repair

at this point - we only know it does not boot ; but the cause can be as simple as a 2$ switch
you could setup a free OS on an other disk to test if the hardware runs (ubuntu), or simpler even, download the live Knoppix cd, - make the cd, and boot from it
if that runs ok, the hardware is ok
a further benefit is that it lets you copy your data to ext devices
ftp://mirrors.kernel.org/knoppix-dvd/KNOPPIX_V7.0.4bootonly-2012-08-20-EN.iso
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thanks, vm worked. compared with paragon adaptive restore, has anyone tried acronis universal restore? which one has better chance of success?
Glad to hear that VM worked.
I have used Aconis universal restore, and it was horrible.

Havnt used Paragon, so cant comment on that.

I switched to shadow protect, from storage craft, and have never looked back.

I regularly do disaster recoveries as tests and demonstrations to clients. we can have a physical system, virtualised and running again within 15 minutes.

Cheers
Andrew
i have used paragon - and it worked for me
Thank you much.    : )
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