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drphil

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Used Hard Drive XP, New PC Windows ME, Confused!!
« on: October 08, 2007, 02:36:02 PM »
I'll try to summarize here:

I had an old compaq computer with an 80GB Hard Drive with all my important files, music, etc... on it.  Booted with Windows XP.  The hard drive had two partitions, my hard disk C drive, and a backup D drive.  Long story short, computer would not boot properly.

My Aunt gave me her old computer (very similar) which has a 2GB hard drive,  and boots windows ME. (yikes)

I try adding the old hard drive to the new PC and it will only recognized the backup "D" drive and not the "C" drive.   

Okay here's what I'm wanting, either:

1. I want the computer to boot to the 80GB hard drive with XP, and ditch the 2GB ME drive.  This would be my ideal situation.

2. Have the Windows Me boot up, but recognize the "C" hard disk with all my important files. 

Is either of these options possible, if so can someone point me in the right direction?

Thank you so much.

--Phil--

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    Re: Used Hard Drive XP, New PC Windows ME, Confused!!
    « Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007, 03:24:39 PM »
    windows me probably won't recognise it because it uses the FAT or FAT32 file system. XP is NTFS. You need to completely wipe the drive and reinstall whatever OS you want to use.
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    Re: Used Hard Drive XP, New PC Windows ME, Confused!!
    « Reply #2 on: October 08, 2007, 03:26:59 PM »
    check master / slave settings.

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      Re: Used Hard Drive XP, New PC Windows ME, Confused!!
      « Reply #3 on: October 08, 2007, 03:30:42 PM »
      are you trying to boot into xp from this drive that was on the other computer? if so, you can't do it. period. it has to do with hardware. when you install windows it ties itself to the hardware it's currently being installed on. if you move that hard drive to a different computer, it won't work unless that other computer is exactly (or almost) the same. the biggest thing is the motherboard chipset. no matter what you'll have to wipe it and reinstall it.
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      Re: Used Hard Drive XP, New PC Windows ME, Confused!!
      « Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 03:34:54 PM »
      are you trying to boot into xp from this drive that was on the other computer? if so, you can't do it. period. it has to do with hardware. when you install windows it ties itself to the hardware it's currently being installed on. if you move that hard drive to a different computer, it won't work unless that other computer is exactly (or almost) the same. the biggest thing is the motherboard chipset. no matter what you'll have to wipe it and reinstall it.

      Thanks, this answers my question. :)

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      Re: Used Hard Drive XP, New PC Windows ME, Confused!!
      « Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007, 03:58:56 PM »
      Hook up the 80G to a machine with XP as a slave drive...
      Copy/image the C: and D: partitions...
      If the partitions are set the way you want then go ahead and format them...test your backups first.
      If you want to resize the partitions nowwould be the time to do it...
      Do a clean install of XP and don't forget to re-install the MBoard drivers...
      TRANSFER YOUR DATA BACK TO THE 80g AND BURN A COPY FOR SAFEKEEPING...
         
       
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