Swapping HDs with XP

By Mr Methane ยท 5 replies
Jan 26, 2005
  1. Hi, All

    Numerous times I have changed hard drives from one pc to another,
    (with OS installed ) with 98 no problems, with XP.......? !
    I have 3 PCs all less than one year old (not out of date)
    I do alot of part swapping, re-activating is a pain, but the problem is getting
    that far.

    Swapping HDs with XP, the "new" pc cannot see the OS on the "old" HD, I
    think the problem may be anti pie rate software built into XP. Is there a way
    around this ? THX

    PS, 3 leagal XP OS :blackeye:
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    "cannot see" means what?

    You can't take a Windows installation from one computer and run it on another with a different hardware without driver issues.
  3. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    If the chipset on the new motherboard is the same as the old, it will work fine provided you keep the position of the drive the same.

    If either the chipset is different or the position of the drive has changed, the machine will not be able to boot.

    Both situations can be remedied with a repair install.
  4. Mr Methane

    Mr Methane TS Rookie Topic Starter

    "cannot see" meens "no OS found" (on bootup)

    I have swapped HDs many times on many differant systems with win 98 never a problem.
    With XP my PCs have no problem with seeing the HD, all the bios info is correct.
    I get the splash Xp screen on the boot then it goes to "no OS found" or "select
    startup, ( safe mode ect ) safe mode won't work either. I is like it kicks it back to the startup .
    I have put the Xp disk in and clicked repair install and if I remember correctly
    (I'm asking the question a month after) The repair just goes into a dos type command prompt, there I tried writing new boot sectors ect with no luck
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    You were on the right track, just not quite there. Have a look at this thread and it should tell you how to repair XP.

    You were just 1 step too quick, you needed to bypass the recovery console part of the setup.

    :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
  6. Mr Methane

    Mr Methane TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thanks very much,
    maybe next time I won't have to re-format
    all 3 PCs. I should just stop changing things...

    But I have heard: "Change is good,... Donkey"

    Call me Tinkerbell... THX Mr, M
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