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Can I move hard drive from 1 PC(xp home) to xp pro/vista

Well my Dell 8200(XP Home) die. I'm getting a new pc with XP Pro or Vista. Can I move my hard drives(all SATA) including the one with the XP Home partition to the new pc. Will XP Pro/Vista recognize them and assign drive letter to them and I can open the files once I install the applicable programs? I will not run installed programs from the old C: partition.


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    I try to upgrade the memory from 512MB to 1GB. These are RAMBUS memory Non-ECC. I got by mistake ECC type. I try them anyway because I was told that they can be mixed as long as they are matched in pair. Powered-up and PC won't boot(no video). Hear a beeping sequence of 5-2-2-1 and back panel LEDs were green, yellow, yellow, yellow which according to Dell manual means "no memory detected". RMA the memory and got correct one. They are the same part # as the original one Samsung PC800-45 Non-ECC. Install them but still won't boot and beeping. Try different combination. No good. I try to reset the BIOS by removing the CMOS battery. Still no good. Finally call Dell and they told me I should have brought it from Dell at about $400. They think the memory were incompatiable and the mobo may be shorted out and no longer work. I don't have any tools to check if memory is powered. The mobo light is on. The fans are on as are the drives. I even remove everything connected to the mobo except the video card, the memory and the power supply. I don't know what else to try. So if anyone has suggestion/solution, please let me know.

  • yman1949 Feb 05, 2009

    So does that mean all my Word doc, mp3, photo, etc can be opened once I install their programs such winamp, MS Word? Great.


  • regis mizikar Apr 15, 2009

    I purchased new PC to replace an old one. I have all my data files on a separate drive. I want to use the old drive in the new PC.

    Do I just move it? The old PC had XP for home and the new PC has Vista.


  • regis mizikar Apr 15, 2009

    I purchased new PC to replace an old one. I have all my data files on a separate hard drive. I want to use the old drive in the new PC.

    Do I just move it? The old PC had XP for home and the new PC has Vista.




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Yes you can , all you do is remove from old pc place in new 1 and connect up being sata it will be found straight away and given a drive letter
the second part is will all my data be able to open , all data stored on it except for some program files will work the ones that wont work are the ones that had command lines wriiten to the registry.
these fail as the registrty is new and does not contain the data required to run them
hope this helps.

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You should be able to install as many drives as your computer has seta ports. The problem i having is why did your old computer stop working, Or died? If it had anything to do with a virus i would not recommend retrieving this information without a serious anti-virus program. Also keep in mind that you will not be able to boot off the old C:\ drive but you should still be able to access all of its contents. Hope this answers any of your questions but am here for more advice if you need some.

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    Dan rogers Feb 05, 2009

    Just to make sure..this is the correct way to install ram. There should be a blank slot in between the two sticks. Unless of course you have four sticks

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    Dan rogers Feb 05, 2009

    Sorry this pic

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    Dan rogers Feb 05, 2009

    And yes you will be able to open all those files when you install the appropriate programs. And if you had any installation files saved on those drives that makes it even better



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