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Installing HDD from old Dell GX280 into Refurbished GX280

by jetjr / December 31, 2010 9:08 AM PST

My old Dell GX280 died (won't POST). CPU Fan runs like it's going to take off. MoBo Caps look good. Power supply checks OK. Swapped out P4 CPU - still no POST.

I'm buying a refurbished GX280 with 40GB HDD on eBay.

Question? Will I be able to just pull the old 250GB HDD from the dead GX280 and install it in the refurb or is there more to it than that? Both have MS XP Pro SP3 installed.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2010 9:12 AM PST

If the machines are very very close and it's a Dell OEM Windows then it might, just might work.

Repairing an OS after the move is, in my opinion not worth the effort compared to reinstall or even better "XP PARALLEL INSTALL" which I used a lot back then.

Do you feel lucky?

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Re: Sometimes Re:GX280 HDD
by jetjr / December 31, 2010 12:17 PM PST
In reply to: Sometimes.

Thanks Bob.
I'll give it a try. Not much to lose. If it works it will be much easier than reinstalling all the programs on the old drive.
I have an OEM Reinstall Disk with SP3 but it is not from the original GX280.

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If that's a Dell XP CD
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2010 12:20 PM PST

This it's likely to be fine.

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Dell GX280 HDD Switch
by jetjr / January 4, 2011 11:24 AM PST
In reply to: If that's a Dell XP CD

It is a Dell XP CD with SP2 not SP3. But it wasn't necessary. The drive switch worked without a hitch.

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