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Old hard drive crashes and restarts in new computer?

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January 7, 2011 4:19:49 AM

My brother just bought a new computer and gave me his old one. So i took my hard drive out of my old computer and put it into the new one. It gets to the windows vista "loading bar" screen and after about 5-10 seconds when it should continue to start up a blue screen flashes for a micro second and then the computer restarts. The next time it asks to start in safe mode (which also doesn't work) or to start windows normally and the process happens again with the quick blue screen flash and restart. As far as i know the hard drive is hooked up correctly. AFter all it sees the drive and tries to load it. I've also tried a different drive which successfully laoded, but it's not my main drive. I thought maybe the drive had crashed but after plugging it back into my old computer it worked fine. So does anyone know what could cause this blue screen flash and crash restart right after the windows vista loading bar sceen? Any help would be appreciated!
a c 107 G Storage
January 7, 2011 4:29:17 AM

You have to do a fresh install when changing the OS from one computer to another. You cant just move the hard drive and expect it to work.
January 7, 2011 4:31:06 AM

I'm not quite sure i understand. I've used old drives in other computers and booted to them in the past. Was that not supposed to work?
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a c 107 G Storage
January 7, 2011 4:32:06 AM

windows completeltly changed environments. It needs a fresh install to work with the new hardware.
a c 107 G Storage
January 7, 2011 4:35:29 AM

krustbox said:
I'm not quite sure i understand. I've used old drives in other computers and booted to them in the past. Was that not supposed to work?



Even with identical hardware you would be lucky for Windows to work changing from one box to another without at least a repair install.
January 7, 2011 4:37:28 AM

Well if that's the case then that's excessively annoying and now i'm really angry. This is going to be one massive pain in the ass. Thanks for the info.
a c 107 G Storage
January 7, 2011 4:42:46 AM

No problem. Good luck.
a b G Storage
January 7, 2011 4:52:36 PM

Look at it this way, your old hard drive had drivers and such unique for your old motherboard, graphics, sound, etc. when you moved it to a "new" machine, all that was wrong and when Windows tried to start, it couldn't find the hardware that it was expecting, and therefore you got the BSOD. :cry: 
At the very least, you would probably have had to re-activate your windows installation. :heink: 
April 13, 2011 6:00:59 AM

hey, we have the same problem.. :( 
how do you solve yours?

--Does reformatting the old hard drive will help to work with new computer?
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