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Old 09-12-05, 03:44 PM
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Using old drive as bootup drive in new computer

I just bought an HP Pavilion a1110n. I'm upgrading mainly for speed. I have an old disk drive that is already formatted and has an operating system installed, that I want to use as the primary boot drive.

Whenever I try this I get a "windows has shut down" blue screen error.

The new system has XP Home edition, the old drive has XP Professional.

I want to try to utilize the old drive so that I don't have to re-install all of my programs and such.

Any clues on why I get the blue screen? (the disk works...I can access the files if I hook it up as a slave).
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Old 09-12-05, 03:52 PM
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All of the drivers and such are completely incorrect. THere is little hope of making this workwithout a format.
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Old 09-12-05, 04:00 PM
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You are getting the blue screen due to the IDE controller drivers for your motherboard being different from the new. Once the IDE driver loads, boom, blue screen.

You **MAY** not have to re-install windows from scratch. Boot up in the old machine

Remove your video driver (and any others you can right clck and uninstall from the control panel), then goto the IDE controller driver and go into the properties, click to update the driver, and search manually for the new driver, from the windows standard drivers choose to upgrade to the "Standard Dual Channel IDE controller".

Move the hard drive to the new machine and hope for the best. In many cases this works fine and once booted you just need to load new drivers for your new hardware.

**SOMTIMES** this will never work correctly.

Be aware if you have a windows product that needs activation, it will most likely want to activate again due to hardware changes.

I have had some great success with this technique.


OPTION 2 - with the drive in the new machine, boot a windows CD and do a recovery install.
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