Hi Im a newbie and getting ready to build my first gaming system I already have a hp pavilion a1330n and im wanting to use the hard drive out of that pc for this new build and im wondering how or even if i can do that
To be honest with you, I've tried XP 64 on 3 different occasions and each instance has left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Definitely didn't impress me much. Maybe it was my motherboard, I have a rather old one, but performance was dismal to put it mildly.
Anyhow, you can get a free trial of XP 64 from Microsoft. No charge for download, and only shipping and handling if you order it on CD. I'd suggest giving it a try first before buying XP 64.
1) Generally speaking, if the low-level devices (chipsets, bus driving logic, etc.) are fairly different, Windows will halt on boot if you just transplant the hard disk. This has been my own experience at least.
2) I agree with KS on this one, if you have no good reason to use 64 (e.g. you do rendering/arithmatic simulations/video editing/some other application where a single process can and will use >2 gigs of memory) don't. I do simulations and as such have to suffer from some missing drivers (VIVO for 7800GT) and missing low-level apps (64-bit native Flash, 64-bit native Java plugin, 64-bit native video codecs, etc.) Yes, you can use 32 bit apps. Why do this if you will see no benefit?
so i just need to reinstal the os after i put the hard drive in the pc then everything should work ?
Yeah, I didn't really answer your question now did I?
I would say simply back up important data that you'd be devistated if you lost it, then simply try plugging it in.
If it fails to boot, then you have to do at least a "recovery" install, however I'd suggest a clean wipe and reinstall if it came that far. Hope this helps.