TECH Putting hard drive from one computer into another.

kmad86

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Feb 12, 2003
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I have a computer that works as a mapping unit for a large simulator. The computer has been giving me major problems lately. The software was all custom build stuff. I'd like to somehow take that hard drive out of the computer that's giving me problems, and put it in another computer I have. How can I successfully do this?
 

5Gen_Prelude

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Mar 14, 2000
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Vancouver, BC, CANADA
If its matching hardware (specifically the MoBo), you won't have much issue. If it's not, you may not have good success, depending on the differences and the OS.

You could try to virtualize the machine though - that takes away the hardware specifics of the installation.

My suggestion to you is to image the harddrive and work with the copy.
 

mds2004

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Jul 10, 2004
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Most likely it will bluescreen and if it doesnt work you can try stripping all drivers. I run an HIR using ShadowProtect.
 

DAN513

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Mar 10, 2003
10,855
Winnipeg
I've done this before. It's not pretty, but it's worked.

Make an image of the drive so if something goes horribly wrong, you're not screwed.

Boot into windows on the old PC. Go into device manager and remove all the devices from within there. If it prompts you to reboot, don't. Once you've removed all the drivers, turn the PC off and swap the drive into the new PC. Let it boot and rediscover all the hardware.

Windows is fine if you let it discover new hardware when there's no existing hardware to mess it up, but boot it up when it's expecting hard drive controller a and it finds controller b, that's when you have problems.
 

7960

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Oct 17, 2004
60,033
New England
Most likely it will bluescreen and if it doesnt work you can try stripping all drivers. I run an HIR using ShadowProtect.
it depends on the OS.

there's a decent chance he'll put the drive in the new machine and it will recognize new hw and reconfigure for it. some drivers may have to be loaded/reloaded but i've done this a few times and more than once i've been happily surprised.



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My suggestion to you is to image the harddrive and work with the copy.
 

dorkultra

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Oct 14, 2005
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i've done this a few times without headaches, but only on windows xp so far

install the hard drive in another, boot and see what happens. if it bluescreens, reboot with your computer with your windows disc. it will boot into the windows menu. then act like your going to install the system again and it will tell you that the system is already installed and suggests to repair instead.
let it repair for the next 20 minutes, you'll need to enter your serial number again btw

also it seems like it must rewrite the registry or something because the system will boot a whole lot better
 

Graham

This Close To 88mph
Jun 8, 2008
32,614
N.E. Ohio
If its matching hardware (specifically the MoBo), you won't have much issue. If it's not, you may not have good success, depending on the differences and the OS.

You could try to virtualize the machine though - that takes away the hardware specifics of the installation.

My suggestion to you is to image the harddrive and work with the copy.

Acronis.
 

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