Command used when replacing a HDD with another from a different PC

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Hard drives
Microsoft Windows XP
Hi Guys, I want to find out about a command that is used when I replace a hard drive with another one from another PC (already installed with windows XP), I know that when you do that, it will give a blue sreen. but when you run this command (on the hard drive you putting in) before shutting it down, it will not try to pick up new devices during startup and it won't give a blue screen. I know that this command is run form the start->run console.

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I managed to get an answer, but have not tried it yet…although I think it’ll will definitely work…here we go:

a) Before moving the hard drive
1. Go to Control Panel and open System
2. Click Hardware tab and click Device Manager button.
3. Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers by clicking the + sign.
4. Right click on the FIRST controller on the list and select Update Driver.
Update IDE ATA ATAPI Driver
5. Select No, not this time when asked “Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?” and
click Next.
6. Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) and click Next.
7. Select Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install and click Next.
8. Select Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller and click Next.
Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
9. Click No when ask to restart. Now shutdown the computer, remove the hard drive and install it on another computer.

here is the link to where I got the answer, note that there’s an alternative (but it’s a bit of a longer process):

thanks guys


to restore you system you will do a BACKUP/IMAGE name_of_your_save_set.bck name_of_your_device:

the command should be something like

where IMAGE means system image
and init means to “format” disk
and MKA500: is your tape device
and system.bck is the name of SaveSetFile
and DKA0: is you system harddisk (should be the same name as for the old harddisk device)

if the new harddisk was detected you will see on the boot prompt >>>
with (was it SHOW DEVICE?)
please use HELP on boot prompt to find the command…

to reset boot device after restoring use
SET BOOT_DEV DKA0: (something like that) at boot prompt.

if you’re not sure about what is on the tape and you’ve got a lot of time you can get a list of the tape with BACKUP/LIST MKA500:*.bck/SAV
be sure to use F1 (key) to switch to hold screen because you will find the command used to write to tape at the top.
there you will find all infomation neccessary to restore your system.

if you are not sure, please write down concrete information to make it easier to help.

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  • Alessandro Panzetta
    I never heard of such command, please post it whenever you find it!
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