Hard Drive Swap`

By tepeco
Oct 26, 2007
  1. I have an emachine and a Sony VAIO and they are part of a peer to peer network. Each machine has different software installed on the HD and perform totally different primary functions at their respective work stations. Both have Windows XP Home Edition installed.

    My problem is that I need the power and RAM of the newer eMachine at the workstation where the Sony is located. The Sony, has plenty of power for the other station and therefore my idea was to swap the hard drives in the two machines so everything didn't have to be redone on the HDs. For the network ID, each machine would have it's name swapped as well.

    Will this work fairly seamlessly?
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Wont work at all.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You would have to do a repair install of Windows to make it work on the totally different hardware. Not a good thing to do.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    you can swap the drives, but each would have to be reformatted with windows reinstalled on it OR you could clone the drives using a 3rd drive as a temporary cloning drive.
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