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Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Ethan_, Dec 23, 2006.

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  1. Ethan_

    Ethan_ Thread Starter

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    I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

    My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

    This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

    I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?

    Thanks!
    Ethan
     
  2. mattice06082

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    You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
    As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.
     
  3. Ethan_

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    I know. My question is, what drivers will I need? The hard drives are exactly the same (40Gb Travelstars) so I won't need hard disk drivers. I already installed chipset drivers so I don't need to get those either. What else could I need?
     
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