Using my Old Hard Drive as a Master Drive on my New Computer

By J0e
Dec 28, 2005
  1. Hi,

    Anyone know if it's possible to use my Old Hard Drive as a Master drive
    on my brand new computer?

    Here's what happened:

    My 2 year old emachine AMD Athon 2600 computer's motherboard died just
    recently. So I just bought a emachine AMD Sempron 3100 computer very
    soon after. I managed to get practically all of my files from my old computer
    over to my new computer by setting the old hard drive up as a slave, and
    plopping them over - but there's still some stuff (not in the form of files)
    that I still want.

    What I'm trying to do:

    I'm just trying to retreive my Old Microsoft Outlook emails that I did
    not backup before my 2 year old computer's motherboard died. I just
    want to boot up my old hard drive, on my new computer, get into MS
    Outlook, export my emails to some file, and get out.

    What happens when I setup my old hard drive up as the master
    on my new computer:

    I get a "Disk boot failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter" error

    Anyone know how I can get by this error message?

    Thanks in advance,


    Note: The very first time that I setup my old hard drive as a master on my
    new computer, I had the opportunity to "enter safe mode" or "boot up
    normally," but I turned my computer off. I can no longer get to this point.
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    are they both ide drives
    oem OS installs will not work with a diff motherboard
    should try to put the old drive as slave and take possion of all the files and data
    if you keep playing around you may corrupt or damage the new drive mbr /boot.ini file
    warning on boot if you see a chkdsk prompt don't let it run
  3. J0e

    J0e TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Samstoned - I will back off and not do anything.
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