Help switching harddrives pleas!!

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bradymonster

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i need help takeing the 30 gig harddrive from this dell and switching it to a 160 gig harddrive ...both harddrives have win xp on the one is pro and the other home !!!!
 
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Was the operating system on both drives actually installed while connected to this same computer?

If not, it's not as easy as plug n play.
 

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they were in 2 diffrent computer ...the dell i am useing now has a 30 gig with xp pro on it and the 160 gig from the other computer has xp home ...i was hopeing i could just take out the 30 gig and put in the 160 with out formating or removing any thing.
 
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Nope. Ain't gonna happen.

You'll be lucky if you can skate by with only an overinstall, but, it's going to be more like a complete format and clean install.
 

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crap.....was hopeing to get the easy way out ....dont have any windows disk any more lol ...o well gonna have to get one again lol thanks for the info
 
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You're welcome.

As a sidenote, you've got nothing to lose by connecting it to see.....probably get a lot of errors on startup, especially if the hardware was very different....ie. motherboard, chipset, etc. Probably won't boot all the way into windows.
 
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