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Old 09-26-2005, 12:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have two old computers (not too old, maybe 3-5 yrs). One rusn Windows XP and one runs Windows 2000.

I want to switch the hard drives on these computers because I am giving one of them to someone.

Is it possible to just swap the hard drives. Would each computer run the new operating system or do I have to format hard drives once I switch them?

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Old 09-26-2005, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How similar is the HDD's ?
You may have some issues with drivers.
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and chipset issues, also windows may detect hardware changes and prompt for reactivation of the install.

I think you have to do a repair of the OS to make them work with diff mobo, and gotta uninstall old mobo drivers and install the new mobo drivers.
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Old 09-26-2005, 01:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It should work but you might need to reinstall drives and such.. Cause when I took out my mobo battery and put it back in my microsoft office said I needed to reactivate it. That might happen to you also since it changes complete different system. But there is a chance it can run without any problems.
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why dont you just do a reformat?
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