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Boot to XP from hard driver in new computer





Possum
My eMachine just died. It was running XP. I know the hard dive is working. Although is was a hardware issue that caused the computer to die. There is code and applications on this drive I would like to carry on developing in the XP environment. Is there a way for me to insert the hard dive in another computer and boot it up?

It was running an Atom processor?
Ankhanu
Absolutely.
Is this a laptop or desktop? The drive itself is either 2.5" or 3.5" and SATA or IDE... depending on what you're running it may be as easy as taking it out of the old system and plugging it in to the new one. You may be able to buy an USB exclosure to put it in to use it as an EXT HDD... there are a few options, none of them particularly difficult, though some may require spending a little bit of money (but not much).
Possum
Well thats good news...



Its a sata drive...

And I have another sata caomputer
jajarvin
Maybe this will help you:

Quote:
Windows is a very hardware-specific operating system.
When you install it onto a computer, it configures itself for the hardware.
Unless the two PCs are physically identical, taking the hard drive out of one
and using it to boot another is asking for trouble.
The result will be very unstable--if it runs at all.

If your computer didn't come with Windows pre-installed, you must
install the OS from scratch. And then you have to install your applications
and move over your data.
Marcuzzo
jajarvin wrote:
Maybe this will help you:

Code:
Windows is a very hardware-specific operating system.
When you install it onto a computer, it configures itself for the hardware.
Unless the two PCs are physically identical, taking the hard drive out of one
and using it to boot another is asking for trouble.
The result will be very unstable--if it runs at all.

If your computer didn't come with Windows pre-installed, you must
install the OS from scratch. And then you have to install your applications
and move over your data.


I agree, this is error prone but still, it should work. I've done this before and only needed to tinker with the system for a few days and then it was as good as before
Ankhanu
Yeah, the main issue is making sure the right drivers are installed, outside of that the hardware specificity isn't a big deal... and most hardware will make use of generic drivers anyway.

The easiest thing to do would probably be to hook the drive up to the new system as a slave/secondary HDD, make a copy of the data you need to the primary HDD (or an external).
If XP is absolutely necessary, you can do a clean XP install to the old HDD, using a dual boot setup on the new system. It's possible that there won't be XP drivers for some of the new hardware, however, or, if it's a 64-bit system it won't make good use of the hardware in general (XP, being 32-bit has some severe limitations with multi-core CPUs and can't access >4Gb RAM, for example). Without doing a clean install you'll need to do a bunch of messing around to convince the boot loader to dual boot, then fight with the old install to work with the new hardware, and it may just be a headache.

You could look into software options that will work with the old data in a current OS... this is probably the easiest thing Wink
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