Booting from a different drive

I removed the hard drive from my dell XPS and installed in my dell Inspiron 620 as the second drive. The bios sees the drive and I can see my files once I'm booted up. The poblem is, I now want to boot to that drive and I'm not able to. I've changed the boot order to no avail. I disabled the other drive and it still doesn't want to boot to that drive. Both are ATA drives, one a seagate and the 2nd drive is a Hitachi. Anyone?
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  1. yanksguy said:
    I removed the hard drive from my dell XPS and installed in my dell Inspiron 620 as the second drive. The bios sees the drive and I can see my files once I'm booted up. The poblem is, I now want to boot to that drive and I'm not able to. I've changed the boot order to no avail. I disabled the other drive and it still doesn't want to boot to that drive. Both are ATA drives, one a seagate and the 2nd drive is a Hitachi. Anyone?



    BTW...both drives are running windows 7.
  2. The drivers installed in windows no longer pertain to the new motherboard. It will fail. A repair install may fix it, otherwise you need to do a clean install of the OS.
  3. If I do a clean install, will I have to reinstall all my programs?
  4. ^ Yes.

    Moving a boot drive to a different motherboard is always hit or miss... usually miss, which is why a clean install is recommended when changing motherboards.
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