Move HD from Dimension 4300 into Dimension 4700 / XP HomeED both.
I am presently using a Dell Dimension 4300. I want to exchange my hard drive with my newer Dell Dimension 4700 (it's faster, has more ram, and all my programs, and data, are running the way I like them). Both PC's are using XP Home Edition. I keep hearing that you can, and you can't, something to do with the hardware's config. If there are differences detected when my old disc boots on the Dim 4700, shouldn't the OS detect, and adjust itself? Could trying the exchange corrupt my hard drive?
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You can change the hard drive, but it will create major driver issues. You will have to let the computer tell you which drivers are missing and go back and download them from the manufacturers website or use the software that you have. You cannot damage the hdd doing this.
The easy way to do this would be to install this as a secondary hdd, this would allow for more storage and less problems.
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You can't do that, it just won't work. A hard drive with XP installed on it will be unrecognizable to a PC with vista already installed on it. You can either backup your XP drive by putting it into a compatible XP computer. Or you can buy on of these, which are handy. This let's you get the data to your new PC thru a USB connection.
Two Options:1. Yes you can as long as your Windows 7 PC has the correct connection for your hard drive. Most likely you need an IDE connection. If you have an IDE hard drive and the Windows 7 PC has an IDE connection, then you will need to make sure to "slave" the hard drive by moving the jumper on the hard drive to slave mode. 2. If your Windows 7 pc doesn't have an IDE connection, the purchase a USB to IDE cable adapter:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2329300&CatId=3770
If you've got your jumper settings wrong and installed your os on the 127 GB section of the 320 GB Hard drive and you change jumper settings and then you have problems you may need to reinstall the old hard drive as master and the new hard drive as slave. Reformat the new hard drive as 320 GB, and as a bootable drive. You can either do a disk copy from old to new or reinstall your os on the 320 GB drive. Please let me know how this goes. You can get to me @ email@example.com
Here's what I would do. Download and burn any Linux disk. Install Linux and delete all partitions while doing so. After that, initiate the Windows XP installation and see if that works.
This will take care of two things:
If you can install Linux, then the hard drive is good and the partition that was previously on there will be deleted (I suspect the partition is locked which can be caused by a virus or the software used to scrub hard drive).
Check your CDs for Windows (for scratches) or it could be your actual CD drive is out (laser) which would make the installation fail. If the CDrom cannot read the disk, it locks up like that during installation...even if it read before.
change your ide cable or sata.
Reset your bios settings pull cmos cell from motherbord for minute so all settings are defaults.
Also boot your computer with winxp disk then if you able to enter in setup then go to recovery console mode and run "chkdsk /r' command .
Also check your harddisk is master set jumper in master position .
You can move it but you have to remember that its going to have different hardware then your dell 4300 so it might require you to install drivers for the hardware that windows XP pro can't recognize. Keep that in mind so as long as you know where to go to get drivers for the hardware in that other machine, it won't be a problem.
Do you have a floppy drive in the drive if so remove it. Also turn off your floppy drive or just remove it completely it could be bad sending false info to the main board saying there is floppy drive in the computer. Also try and turn the drive off in the BIOS
You could just reformat your hard drive. (This will erase all information on the hard drive.)
Get a Vista/XP Installtion disk and boot up computer, press F8 right after the BIOS screen and click CD drive and follow the steps.