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Use same HDD on new machine.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Mr Meddle, Oct 27, 2007.

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  1. Mr Meddle

    Mr Meddle Thread Starter

    Oct 27, 2007
    I'm almost done building a new machine for a friend. He's not keen on all the hassle of reinstalling software on the new machine then adding all the personal touches again.

    I wondered if it might be possible to take the HDD out of his existing machine - giving him two HDDs, and making this transplanted drive the master drive and renaming it C: and renaming the new HDD to E:

    To my way of thinking, the new machine should boot up from the transplanted drive and boot the OS (WinXP), which should find and install the new hardware in the new machine then continue to run as if it was the old but with the faster CPU and bigger RAM of the new machine.

    This would obviously save heaps of time reinstalling WinXP, Office, Antivirus plus backed up data, emails etc. etc. etc.

    Any reason why this idea might not work?:confused:
  2. holness_202


    May 17, 2007
    intheory yes although afaik its always best to do a clean install of windows with a new mobo to prevent hardware confilicts
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