New pc - old HD~

By gale
Feb 7, 2007
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  1. Bought a new pc with an AMD processor. Old pc had a Pentium cpu. Put my HD into the new box and it won't boot. Checked BIOS for AUTO detect. Any ideas. Thanks.
  2. chicken-jack

    chicken-jack Newcomer, in training

    was this the main HD or was it a slave, might wanna check the jumpers? what was teh reason you built a new computer, was it just an upgrade or did you have some problem with it? you can also try a different IDE port and see if that helps (if the HD is IDE).
  3. gale

    gale Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 94

    Went to a faster processor. Master in both machines. Only port is primary port....that I know of. Optical drives occupy secondary slot...and naturally floppy cable has its own.
  4. Rick

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

    What do you mean by 'won't boot'? Does it show the POST screen? Does it get to a Windows logo? More details will be necessary to help us figure this out. Include some of your system specs, like CPU speed, size of the drive, were their slaves present in either setup?... etc...

    If you're running Windows XP or 2000, it won't work. You can't simply take an install of XP/2000 and move it over to another drastically different computer, otherwise it will continuously crash during boot. There's also the matter of product activation, but we'll get to that when it boots. :)
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +19

    Your old hard drive contains the drivers for your old mobo(motherboard) and won`t work with the new mobo.

    If you`re running Windows XP/2000, you might get away with a Windows repair as per this thread HERE.

    Otherwise, it`s a case of reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling from scratch.

    Regards Howard :)
  6. gale

    gale Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 94

    howard-
    "HERE" - A GOOD ARTICLE~
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