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Solved: switching HD's in Emachine

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by New2XP, Jan 25, 2007.

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  1. New2XP

    New2XP Thread Starter

    Sep 23, 2005
    I would like to use the same hardware (including same bios) as two different machines.

    I have the harddrive from another machine that I would like to trouble shoot.
    Will the bios allow me to just plug in the harddrive of the other machine in place of the existing one? The other machine was working ok I need to clean up some of the trash
    without carrying the whole machine home.

    My machine is a T-1140 Emachine
    1.1ghz celeron
    384 Ram
    XP home/sp2
    20gb HD
    Bios- Phoenix 1.03 (03/06/2002

    The other machine
    Gateway unkown
    processor unknown
    XP pro w/sp2
    160gb HD
    512 Ram

    If this is workable I might be looking for a multipoint switch.
  2. telegramsam


    Jul 7, 2006
    No--you cannot switch hard drives without a repair install at the least.

    If you want to troubleshoot it with diagnostics, however, you can put the one you want to check into another machine and run the diagnostics on it, however.

    But no, operating systems are configured specifically for the hardware they are currently using. Moving them is actually a tough job.

    Also, with those branded systems, you are prevented by the EULA from moving your operating system to another machine--AND you almost certainly don't have a genuine XP disc with which to perform the repair install. Those recovery disks will not function unless they see the BIOS from the machine they were issued for.
  3. New2XP

    New2XP Thread Starter

    Sep 23, 2005
    Saved me a lot of needless effort. I will put it into an external USB enclosure and try to clean/defrag it that way.

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