Swapping hard drives between computors.

By marv1216
Jan 16, 2005
  1. Want to swap hard drives between two computers. Both are running XP Pro. but I get no ntldll message. How do I correct this. marv1216 :bounce:
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Unless both computers are IDENTICAL, that won't work. Different motherboards have different drivers, that won't work on another mobo.
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    you will need the xp disc to repair the nt boot loader
    you may have damaged that and even putting them back may give you error
    XP hates to much hardware change
  4. marv1216

    marv1216 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Swapping Hard Drives

    Have already switched back and they work fine. I would still like to switch them though. Any help would be greatly appresiated. Thanks, Marv. :knock:
  5. Mankthetank19

    Mankthetank19 TS Rookie

    Y don't back up all the files on both hard drives and switch them. I just did something like that ^ yesterday.

    You connect a wire to both etherent jacks and make special folders in each hard disk drives.

    Don't know what i said will work!!!

    I bought a new hard drive for my laptop. So i backup my whole laptop and placed it on my desktop. Then put the new hard drive in and install windows xp, and brought the files i copied to my desktop over to my new hard drive.

    You need to make both computers to have the similar ip addresses so they can connect
    ex) and
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    as far as I have tested doing a swap like this ,if you have no special hardware, you need the xp disc
    go through the setup to the last part to repair the drivers for the diff MB's
    worst case you will have to reactivate the OS
    I test to much hardware on my machines xp would barf it up
    even my W$K will give HAL errors ,but I can control that,this is why I don't use XP.

    Good Luck
  7. marv1216

    marv1216 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Swapping Hard Drives

    Thanks Sam. What OP system do you use? Marv.
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    I use Windows 2K service pak 3 (4 sucks)
    I also loaded the .netfix setup added IE 6 just to run other programs and for my free MSN account,
    my browser of choice is updated mozilla for most and for hiding I use firefox
    my 1 machine had windows 2K server pain in *** downgrade and use apache
    I have 2 copies of XP pro
    oem and VLK they sit in a draw I use them to help trouble shoot customer PC's
    I have talked to microsoft deployment teams bout the activation setup they will not sell the older VLK with no activation
    PS I don't go near key gens or cracks your asking for trouble if you do
    to microsoft we are not potential future customers we are all potential pirates.
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