Replacing hard drives

i have a dell desktop optiplex hard drive it has xp its no good can i use my acer laptop 5570z hardrive it has vista
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  1. The drive will not boot on the Dell because all of the motherboard / chipset drivers would be wrong. If there were no Dells involved, I'd suggest trying the move and a Repair Installation from the Vista installation disc, but with a Dell in the mix I would never try it.

    In addition, if Vista came with the laptop you would be violating the license.

    Dell should be able to give you a recovery CD. You could put a new drive in the Dell, run the recovery CD, and get a factory-fresh system.

    Do you need to recover data from the XP drive? Come to think of it, are you sure it is a drive error and not a problem with your version of the OS?
  2. what is wrong with the HDD? is it dead or just need a reformat?
  3. WyomingKnott said:
    The drive will not boot on the Dell because all of the motherboard / chipset drivers would be wrong. If there were no Dells involved, I'd suggest trying the move and a Repair Installation from the Vista installation disc, but with a Dell in the mix I would never try it.

    In addition, if Vista came with the laptop you would be violating the license.

    Dell should be able to give you a recovery CD. You could put a new drive in the Dell, run the recovery CD, and get a factory-fresh system.

    Do you need to recover data from the XP drive? Come to think of it, are you sure it is a drive error and not a problem with your version of the OS?

    i spoke to dell the error messages that come up means the hd is on the blink thats what they told me since it wont let the computer boot in the os sys
  4. Can be just a corrupt win XP install, do you have means of doing repair install?
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