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Install windows on one hdd and move it to another PC??

by xtjoeywx / December 3, 2008 1:25 AM PST

I have a Dell optiplex gx270 with only a floppy drive and I'm trying to put windows on it. I only have a windows xp home CD, no floppy. I bought a Samsung CD/DVD Burner, hooked it up and I went to the BIOS to change the boot order to boot from the CD and it says drive not installed.. How would I make my computer recognize the drive?

Or... This would seem easier to me.... Can I just hook up my hard drive to my other desktop, install windows and put it back in the Dell optiplex gx270, would it work?? Then I can just install my CD/DVD drive in windows.

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No. Here's more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2008 1:54 AM PST
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by xtjoeywx / December 3, 2008 2:43 AM PST
In reply to: No. Here's more.

How would I take my copy of windows and put it on a jump drive to install from usb? Or did you mean something completey different entirely?

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Litte busy today.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2008 3:32 AM PST
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Type that question into google.

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Links about.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 12:49 AM PST
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Look into...
by Willy / December 3, 2008 11:36 PM PST

Re-verify the CD/DVD connection via help guide or manual for installing the drive into the system. Check, especially the master/slave or CS connection setup(jumpers) in order for the system to properly see the new drive in the bios besides the boot order. If it doesn't see the new CD drive, suggests that. If possible try that new drive in another system to see it actually works and not a dud. Also, if using the same cable as the HD, reverse that so the CD drive is the 1st attached, then HD. If I remember right the GX270 is a small system, thus space was a premium. Also, being an older system you should get the better drive connection cabling, using the 40-pin/80-connector cable, you probably have the older style, 40-pin/40-connector cable, disregard is not so. Didn't your system come with a CD drive already installed?

tada -----Willy Happy

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by wisetalk85 / December 4, 2008 7:16 PM PST
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i think you cannot simply copy boot files into hard disks
however try google

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