Fried mobo - can I move my hard drive to another machine?

By sas1
Mar 18, 2007
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  1. Hi all.

    I'm pretty sure I fried my motherboard or processor. I'm probably going to leave it to someone else to fix it, but I was just wondering if it possible/advisable to take the hard drive from that machine and put it into another machine (both running XP), hook it up as a slave and back up everything?

    Ordinarily I wouldn't bother, but there's a lot of information on that hard drive that is needed tomorrow, and I'm not sure I can get someone to fix the motherboard/processor in time.

    If it is possible, are there any pitfalls or dangers that I should know about?

    EDIT: Both copies of XP have different serials btw - 1 is XP Home Edition and the other is XP Media Centre
  2. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Hmm... from what I know, there shouldn't be any problems hooking it up as a slave drive and getting the information you want off it.

    However, if you're gonna boot from it, might be a different story. WinXP might decide to give you trouble since you're on a different system.
  3. sas1

    sas1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    No, I definitely don't want to boot from it, I just want to get a backup of everything on the drive. Today has been an absolute disaster and I just wanted to make sure it was ok in case I went and lost all the data as well frying a perfectly good computer. Thanks for your help.
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Always backup. You never know when your HDDs will crash on you.
  5. sas1

    sas1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Luckily enough I backed up most of the important stuff on Friday, I just didn't get everything. Thanks again.
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    no problem. Lucky for you with that backup, I'd really hate to lose everything I have....

    Which is why I'll be using a RAID5 array as soon as I can afford it. You should consider that as well, if your data is that important to you.
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