Cloned hard drive for new mobo, won't boot

By expertwannabe
Dec 15, 2007
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  1. not sure if I should post this here or on the OS board but here goes. I cloned my win xp hard drive so I could run xp on my 2nd pc. I cant get it to boot up.Im assuming it is because of win xp. I'm running a DFI mobo CM33-TL
  2. fastco

    fastco Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,511

    If the hardware is different than the computer the drive was cloned from then it won't work. It needs to be formatted and installed with the hardware that the drive is currently in.
  3. expertwannabe

    expertwannabe Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 45

    well I do have a mobo with the same chipset as the pc the drive was cloned from. would that work?
  4. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Not unless the two systems are exactly identical. Windows XP will detect any changes in the system, other than memory, and shut you down each time it detects a difference... motherboard, cpu, drive, optical drive, video card or socket, memory type... it makes no never mind to those people at Microsoft.
  5. expertwannabe

    expertwannabe Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 45

    thanks for the help. this is what I was suspecting but wanted to be sure before I went any further.
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    You need to reinstall windows from scratch when changing mobos or computers.
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