Installing Old HDD to New Rig?

By slicehix
Feb 23, 2008
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  1. Hello,

    I just recently decided to get with the times and purchase a new mobo, CPU, Vid card, and RAM. I was running on an older ASUS that was AGP (it does have SATA on it though). I did not purchase a new HDD because I figured my 300gb SATA was still fine.

    To put it simply, can I just use the old SATA HDD (as the master since I don't have a 2nd HDD) with the new rig without having to reformat? If it helps here are the specs of the old system VS the new:

    OLD:
    ASUS mobo (can't recall the model # AV8 something like that...like I said has SATA)
    AMD 64 3500+ CPU
    ATI AIW x800xt video card
    1g Kingston DDR (2 x 512)

    NEW:
    Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX MOBO
    Intel q6600 CPU
    8800GTS video card
    2g Corsair XMS DDR2 ram (2 x 1gb)

    OS is Windows XP.

    If it makes a difference, I will also be using the PCI wireless card from the old rig in the new one, along with the DVD burner.

    Thanks in advance for any and all help/feedback!
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,277   +223

    Nope. You will have to reinstall Windows.
  3. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    You don't say if your new motherboard is SATA.
    If it is connect it as Master 1 and boot your PC.
    Report the results.
    Worked for me.
  4. slicehix

    slicehix Newcomer, in training Topic Starter


    yeah, both mobos have SATA. I know going IDE to SATA is near impossible, but SATA to SATA is what I'm trying to do.
  5. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    So plug it in.
  6. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX Newcomer, in training Posts: 359

    You will need the new drivers, its possible it will just work, but could have problems. Just try it. Probably backup your data just incase.
  7. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    I suspect the problem is Windows detecting the change in the hardware, and assuming piracy. You are perhaps going to benefit from installing Windows in Repair mode, which may require you to talk to Microsoft online or by phone as you update the product key registration.
  8. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    raybay is right, a repair might get up and running again. I have to say that doing a fresh install is the RIGHT way to do this though. But here are some more details on the repair process:
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic8356.html
  9. Tedster

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

    No. you will have to reformat. You cannot use the OS installed and configured for an old system motherboard on a new system. This is against the license and it also will not work. Windoze configures itself for each system.
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    If he has XP Retail, it is OK. For OEM, it is not.

  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,277   +223

    Well the bottom line is you simply aren't going to get XP to boot up after the transfer, at the very best senario you'd have to do a repair.

    He's completely changing everything. Different motherboard, AMD to Intel CPU change, chipset changes, ATi to nvidia. With that many changes I wouldn't even trust a repair.
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