Swapping Hard Drives?? From Old PC to New One

By JMHar
Dec 26, 2005
  1. I took the hard drive (primary master) of my old pc out and installed it into my new machine (as primary master). The jumper was already set to cs, so nothing has been changed on it. I installed it on the primary IDE and hooked everything up. When I turned it (new pc) on, it started booting but then stopped. My question is, what do I need to do to install this drive (and the slave from the old machine) into my new rig. Copying the files over is not an option because old drive is larger than the new one.
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Hard drives with OS' installed are not swapable with different machines with different chipsets. What you can do is a repair install of windows ( assuming it is XP) and this will allow you to acces the drive.

    the guide on how to do a repair install is here.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Do you have a working OS in the new computer? If yes, then you have to install the old drive as something else than a primary master.
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