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Swapping mobo, hdd etc etc...

By g.freeman ยท 9 replies
Feb 10, 2006
  1. alright well, ive got a question.im.. not necessarilly building a pc, more recreating. but im kinda confused. im trying to somewhat swap my mobo and wondering if theres anyway to salvage whats on my hdd so i wont have to get rid of windows xp. heres the info

    ive been using an emachine w3400 that i bought from ebay earlier last year that had the oem windows home xp sp2 that all i ever did was add 512 ram and a 6600gt vid card, and ive decided to start a project

    so far im siting with this emachine, and atm ive bought a epox 9npa+sli nforce 4 mobo siting in my nzxt nemesis elite case taking space. i did not buy a new powersupply or anything because im going to take from my emachine because its not sitting to bad and put in my nzxt case.

    so right now im sitting with a emachine on one side running fine and a case with just a mobo on the other. what i would like to do but worried about is taking the hdd from the emachine and installing it to my new build so i can still have all the same everything basically and then maybe eventually when i have the money cloning it to a larger hdd. but yall know that this wont work as do i because of the drivers for the new mobo wont be there and such etc. but i would really not like to "erase" that hdd for the fact i wont have xp home anymore and i dont have the money to buy a retail version for 200+ dollars for it to just become junk after 2006 for this new... vista crap. so my question (finally) is, can i somehow save my oem xp home from my emachines and somehow get it to my new build and still have it work using my current hdd from the emac?

    if u dont understand my problem ask me to clarify because i know this is most likely poorly written
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,360

    You could get xp oem, it's like $85-90 usd. As I read the license, as long as you are upgrading something essential to the operation of the pc, you can buy oem(and save half) and use it instead of retail.

    That said, you might be able to get your current xp to work, if you have a xp reinstall cd with your pc. If you have a "restore cd" instead of an xp cd, it likely won't work, but if you have a xp cd with your system you can likely do a repair install to get it to work. Not 100% success rate, but you have a decent chance. When I did this, I went into dev. manager, and removed everything that would be different on the new board, like integrated sound/video, ide controller, integrated network controller, etc. I then shut it off, replaced the board, rebooted, inserted xp cd, did repair install(not recovery console, google for "repair install xp" for more info on repair installs), and then it booted windows w/o reinstalling.

    Here's an article.
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,309   +579

    Also, suppport for Windows XP Home has been extended to two years after the introduction of Vista.
  4. g.freeman

    g.freeman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    thanx for the replies! but the problem with the reinstall cd or restore cd is that i dont have one :p at least im fairly certain i dont i can always go through what came with the emachine but i was pretty sure i didnt see one :/ , but hey ill give it a shot and look for it.

    and is the xp oem that u can buy good? ive heard so many bad revies about having to register it iver few months or something and the only way u can is if u call microsoft? i really dont know but thats what ive heard on it. otherwise i can always resort to that :)

    thanks for helpin, but i was wondering if this actually works or will it really just screw things up http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/windowsxp/articles/376/1/Changing-Motherboards i came across it in a google search a while back and was wondering if it was worth giving a shot it seemed to easy though...
  5. g.freeman

    g.freeman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    (srry to dbl post)

    Hey! i found the reinstallation CD for windows XP Home Edition! problem is it is from my old gateway i had before the emachine which is no longer :/

    im pretty sure it wont be of any use though since it says clearly on the cd "to be used with a new gateway PC support provided by Gateway"
  6. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,360

    That link is worth a try. The more change there is between the boards, the less likely it will work, but in any case it's worth a try. In my case it wasn't a huge change, from a 845gl based board to a 865g. I have xp oem. It asked me activate windows(online) the first time I booted, so I did, and it worked without a hitch. If you have problems activating online, you can call microsoft, and they will help. I've done this as well, and I was pleasantly surprised with microsoft's support. The only time you have to reactiveate is if you reinstall windows, or make major hardware changes to the pc.
    (remember to backup your data onto something like cd's or dvd's before you try changing boards, or reinstalling xp, if you have any important data. Better safe than sorry...).
  7. g.freeman

    g.freeman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

  8. g.freeman

    g.freeman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    alright, well ive decided to use nero startsmart for backing them up and i attmepted to do it using cd-r's and thats all i have becides dvd-rw's but i heard u cant do it on rw's and only on r's but i dont know why it makes a difference. at the rate im going with these cd's its going to take a long time with hundreds of cd-r's... so would the dvd's work?

    oh and btw i wasnt 100% on all the stuff i needed to backup on cd's so i basically selected everything i could :p except some things i didnt want like a few games and junk like that but i really am not sure for this is my first time backing it all up
  9. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,360

    I've never heard of not being able to backup to dvd-rw, I'd think it'd work fine.

    When I backup, I usually just save my "documents and settings" folder(I have all my important stuff there, but your organization may vary), as well as backup my email and saving my browser bookmarks.

    I'd say if in doubt, save the file. No use saving anything like games or programs, just reinstall those from the cd or download file. Best wishes.

  10. g.freeman

    g.freeman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    alright sounds good i think it was overclockersclub.com on the forums i saw it but i didnt really understand there argument over it but no big deal :)

    not really sure what ill do if it doesnt work but i guess ill give it a shot thanks again for the help
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