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New PC old Hard drive question

by cbucolo / August 3, 2004 9:14 AM PDT

hi peeps

well i'm building a new pc and i intend using my current hard drive as its still big enough and i don't fancy starting over.
my question is would i have problems just ******* it in the new rig as master drive?
or would it be fine and just adapt?

cheers

chris

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Depends on the operating system.
by Ray Harinec / August 3, 2004 9:25 AM PDT

For Win XP may have to reinstall XP over itself.

For Win 98 / SE I have been told to delete the ENUM folder from the registry and then Windows would automataically re enumerate all of the system info. Tried it twice and still had to install Win 98 over itself. Did so with zero problems both times].

If Win 98 / SE try without deleting the ENUM folder. The key will be to install the MOBO drivers as soon as possible after you get into Windows.[assuming that it is a different mobo]. Obviously the drivers for the new hardware also.

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Agreed. . .
by Coryphaeus / August 3, 2004 9:34 AM PDT

Don't try to shortcut this. You'll have discovery and registry problems from now on, expecially with XP. Don't ask me how I know.

Save what you can and do a clean install. Let whatever version of Windows discover and configure the new system.

Good luck,

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by Cursorcowboy / August 3, 2004 10:27 PM PDT
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Re: New PC old Hard drive question
by rogleale / August 4, 2004 12:53 AM PDT

Try It ! ! It should work, but if it is running Windows XP you will have to re-activate, probably by telephone, because the activation record will show that all of the ten hardware items registered during the first activation will have changed.
Better back-up all your data first in case it doesn't work, and you have to re-install.

Good luck, Roger

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Re: New PC old Hard drive question
by frankzxcv / August 4, 2004 1:12 AM PDT

you did not say much about the drive. if it is a 5400 speed you might want to consider upgrading to a 7200 rpm drive, as the effect on overall system performance speed will be considerable . . . --fj

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