Transfer XP Hard Drive

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How do i transfer a xp drive from one computer to another?

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If you want to make the hard drive from one machine a secondary drive in another machine, then all you need to do is unplug the drive from the old machine and install it in the new machine. If the drive is IDE (also called PATA) you may need to change the jumper on the drive from master to slave.

If you want to make the hard drive from the one machine the boot drive in another machine, it will probably be a bit harder. If the machines are basically the same hardware you can try to put the drive in and boot off of it. It might just work. If the hardware is different then you can still try it, Windows might be able to find all the drivers. More than likely you will need the Windows XP CD/DVD so that you can reinstall.

When you are reinstalling, select the option to install, not repair. Make sure that you leave the disk partitions alone, do NOT format them. If you format the drive you will loose all your data. After reinstalling Windows XP, you will need to reinstall all software which you use (Office, etc).

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  • Quiqui
    My C: drive is the main 40G drive in my computer, and I installed a 500G on my E: drive as a secondary drive. Can I copy all info from C: to E:, then switch E: as primary and C: as secondary, or, would I need to do the switch (make E: the main drive) and download the OS disk?
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  • valmsmith
    I have a client who for one reason or another uses "pullouts" for his PCs, and interchanges the drives at his discretion, frequently. His PCs are both amd and intel platforms using various versions of Windows. When he swaps main drives between the PCs the worst time he has is going from Intel to AMD. He has successfully done this for years, and it always has worked. When he first boots up the PC DOES do the little "let's find the correct drivers for this drive" and as it does so it asks for the Windos CD/DVD if it needs/or wants it, once it has finished finding what it needs, then it goes on it's merry way and works as though it started out in that PC. For the few small problems he has had doing this it is really a time saver if it will work for you. I would recommend that before you start you save all your pertinent and "special" info to a safe place in case there is a problem where you would have to reformat (God forbid ;-) )
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