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question about xp on old computer

by jepsilon / March 28, 2005 3:43 AM PST

I recently switched my old IDE ATA 80gb and 60gb drives with my cousin for a 160 SATA gb drive.

I left windows xp professional installed on the 80gb drive so he wouldn't have to install anything. I figured his computer would be able to adjust to the different motherboard etc. Unfortunately, his computer is picking up neither 80gb or 60gb drive. I'm pretty sure it's because of the NTFS formatted partition.

Here's my question, I want to know if there is a way for his computer to pick up the master 80gb drive with windows xp already installed on it (it already has all the files he wants and we don't want to recover them by burning them on dvd-rs). Or, since he already has an old drive that does work on his computer (with windows me), how can he be able to read the ntfs drives from windows me, if at all possible?

He is using an old computer from school with a pentium 3 400 or 300 mhz. The motherboard I assume is old, but it did pick up the SATA drive, and I even installed XP on it. I don't understand why it's not picking up the 80gb drive as a master.
Thanks.

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You can not just move windows XP from
by Melati Hitam / March 28, 2005 3:50 AM PST

computer to computer... you need to reinstall or atleast try to repair install, using the original CD.. then you also need to activate it again.

as for the HD... you might have to update the BIOS .. or you might try using the HD utility from the manufacturer...

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From NTFS to FAT32 drives. Thy name is KNOPPIX.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2005 3:50 AM PST

Boot up a KNOPPIX CD and you can with zero install and little effort copy files from the NTFS drive to the FAT32 drive.

Cost? NADA THING.

Bob

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