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Move HDD from older computer to newer?

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November 23, 2010 7:23:49 PM

Somewhat of a novice here, so thanks for your time...

Trying to help my neighbor lady with her computer. She's running XP Pro SP3, but on an older PC-- a Micron PC from 1999, with a Pentium 3 (that's right, 3) processor, and 768MB RAM.
Everything works fine, albeit a little slow. The hard drive is actually an upgraded one, not the original. It is a Western Digital EIDE, 7200rpm, 80GB.

She has come across a Dell Dimension 8200, with a Pentium 4 processor. I think it came from her son. This Dell's HD has an OEM version of XP on it.

What I wanted to do was simply swap the HDD from the Micron into the Dell, and she would benefit from the processor speed, but not get frustrated with a re-install of everything.

I can do the physical drive swap, no problem. The Dell will post, and recognize the drive. I get as far as the "We're sorry but WIndows did not exit normally last time" screen, and no matter if I choose to Start Windows Normally, or Last Known Good, or Safe Mode... the Dell just goes into a loop of rebooting (showing the Dell splash and the BIOS version, which is A09.)

I can put the HDD back into the old PC, and it boots fine. I've tried on 3 different occasions now, with the same result. FInally, I tried a differnt HDD.. one that I know came from another Dell PC. It works fine.

So... is this because the Dell's motherboard/chipset is different? If so, what can I do to make it work with the HDD from the Micron?
Or is this a Dell/Microsoft security thing to prevent the OEM drive with OEM Windows from going somewhere else? Is there any way around this? All the installations of Windows in the picture are paid for and licensed. Since this HDD is relatively new, it seems it ought to just work.

Thanks again for your time.

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November 24, 2010 3:45:37 AM

Question did you shut Windows the correct way (Start, Shutdown) or did you just turn it off? If you just shut off the computer that would give that error. Have you thought of installing the new drive and transferring the data on the old drive to the new.
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November 24, 2010 3:50:34 AM

onebrokendownhorse said:
Question did you shut Windows the correct way (Start, Shutdown) or did you just turn it off? If you just shut off the computer that would give that error. Have you thought of installing the new drive and transferring the data on the old drive to the new.


Thanks for your time. It's interesting you mentioned that. I did notice later today the old PC was shutting down irregularly...like it might be going to Standby or Hibernate and not shutting down (even though I am telling it to Shut Down.) So as I type this, I am working to resolve that. And then I will try it all again once I know it is definitely being shut down properly. I'll post another reply with an update, but it might be tomorrow.
Thanks again!
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November 24, 2010 5:18:01 AM

Your swapping HDD from different computers (micron and dell) - I would boot windows in safe mode then check the event log to see what hardware that is at fault, I would install the motherboard chipset software for this and uninstall unnecessary application software. You might consider installing driver sweeper to check for hardware conflicts issues.
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November 24, 2010 5:35:49 PM

dEAne said:
Your swapping HDD from different computers (micron and dell) - I would boot windows in safe mode then check the event log to see what hardware that is at fault, I would install the motherboard chipset software for this and uninstall unnecessary application software. You might consider installing driver sweeper to check for hardware conflicts issues.


Thanks. If I understand you correctly, you are saying to check the event log, install the dell chipset software, and maybe 'driver sweeper'... but I will do this all with the HDD back in the old (micron) computer.. because that's the only way I can get it booting at the moment. When it is in the dell, Windows will not start, even in safe mode. It keeps saying "We're sorry but WIndows did not start succesfully."
THanks again for your time.
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November 24, 2010 5:38:17 PM

onebrokendownhorse said:
Question did you shut Windows the correct way (Start, Shutdown) or did you just turn it off? If you just shut off the computer that would give that error. Have you thought of installing the new drive and transferring the data on the old drive to the new.



OK, so this morning I am now sure Windows is shutting down properly on the old (micron) PC, before I remove the HDD. But I have the smae issue when I drop it in the Dell. The Dell recognizes the drive just fine, but WIndows will not start. I can now calrify the message I get: "We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully." It is definitely saying it is not starting correctly. So this leads me to believe this is not a problem with Windows shutting down properly.
Thanks again.
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December 3, 2010 2:20:13 PM

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows
Normally.

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt


Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Start Windows Normally
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December 4, 2010 4:25:34 PM

Different chipsets, different hardware deivce drivers you are unlikely to get it to work as it is and if it is an oem edition of xp off micron pc then further problems with licensing.

Do a backup image of micron hd using something like Driveimagexml. to an external hd and do a separate backup of important documents and data to ext hd for recovery later.
If you have a retail version of xp pro and not oem uninstall it from micron hd, then disconnect hd from dell install and connect up hd from micron insert xp pro cd let it format it and install xp, once installed install drivers from dell driver disc and other drivers for printer, scanner etc then anti-virus and firewalls update them then update windows.
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January 30, 2012 8:30:55 PM

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January 30, 2012 8:30:57 PM

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