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Switching hard drives From computer A to B and B to A.

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September 29, 2008 8:17:17 PM

Now I need to switch these hard drives from computer A to Comp B and B to A. I want to know if this will work and or if I will have to do anything to get it to work. Thxs for any and all help.



here are the specs on both comps.



Computer A


Operating System System Model Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Dell Inc. Dimension 8400
Enclosure Type: Mini-Tower Processor a Main Circuit Board b 3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Dell Inc. 0U7077
Bus Clock: 800 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Inc. A02 08/23/2004 Drives Memory Modules c,d 249.99 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
138.01 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8487B [CD-ROM drive]
SAMSUNG DVD-ROM SD-616E [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

WDC WD2500JS-75MHB0 [Hard drive] (250.00 GB) -- drive 0 3072 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'CHANNEL A DIMM 0' has 512 MB
Slot 'CHANNEL B DIMM 0' has 512 MB
Slot 'CHANNEL A DIMM 1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'CHANNEL B DIMM 1' has 1024 MB Local Drive Volumes


c: (NTFS on drive 0) 249.99 GB 138.01 GB free

Lexmark 1300 Series on WebEx Document Loader Port
Lexmark 1300 Series on USB002
Microsoft XPS Document Writer on XPSPort:
Controllers Display Standard floppy disk controller
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F
Intel(R) 82801FR SATA AHCI Controller
Primary IDE Channel [Controller] NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS [Display adapter]
ViewSonic VX910 [Monitor] (19.1"vis, s/n P1T044210633, October 2004)



Computer B

Operating System System Model Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 (build 6001) HP-Pavilion KJ375AA-ABA s3400f
Enclosure Type: Desktop Processor a Main Circuit Board b 2.70 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: ASUSTek Computer INC. Acacia 1.02
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 5.11 02/12/2008 Drives Memory Modules c,d 500.11 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
194.51 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

Optiarc DVD RW AD-7201S5 SCSI CdRom Device [CD-ROM drive]

Generic- Compact Flash USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
Generic- MS/MS-Pro USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
Generic- SD/MMC USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
Generic- SM/xD-Picture USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
Hitachi HDT725050VLA SCSI Disk Device (500.11 GB) -- drive 0 3454 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 2048 MB
Slot 'A1' has 2048 MB Local Drive Volumes


c: (NTFS on drive 0) 490.09 GB 193.14 GB free
d: (NTFS on drive 0) 10.02 GB 1.36 GB free

Lexmark 1300 Series on USB001
Microsoft XPS Document Writer on XPSPort:
Controllers Display ATA Channel 0 [Controller]
ATA Channel 1 [Controller]
NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 [Display adapter]
DELL M991 [Monitor] (17.7"vis, s/n 980XM168H2QP, June 2001)
a c 82 G Storage
September 29, 2008 8:51:01 PM

Unless the specs that you provided are incorrect, you're going to swap a PATA and a SCSI disk. If you do that, you'll also have to swap the CDROM and the SCSI controller, etc. Also expect both systems to crash when you load the OS.
September 29, 2008 8:52:48 PM

no way jose !! only if you install a to b and b to a ,,as a secondary nonbootable drive,motherboards/chipsets must be identical in every way for primary bootable hdd's to be exchanged and even then there is no guarantee things will work sans snafu's.
recently did exactly what you propose but,,i had two identical mobo's ,,the only difference was that one was sli and the other was not....:) 
October 3, 2008 8:40:31 AM

He don't have a SCSI drive!
My question is, if things are ok with the computers, why do you want to exchange out the drives?

If you have the recovery software on cd you can do it, but again why?
If you change drives like this before removing all drivers specific to the computer, you will pay many visits to the BSOD god.
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