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Adding a second HD

  1. #1


    Johncon612 Guest

    Adding a second HD

    My new pc desktop has a place for a second HD. Can I insert the HD from my
    old pc without losing the os,Win XP, and the programs on it. My idea is to
    run one HD with Vista and the second with XP. I seem to recal that adding a
    loaded HD to a different pc could be a problem. Thanks in advance for any
    help on this.

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  2. #2


    Malke Guest

    Re: Adding a second HD

    Johncon612 wrote:

    > My new pc desktop has a place for a second HD. Can I insert the HD from my
    > old pc without losing the os,Win XP, and the programs on it. My idea is to
    > run one HD with Vista and the second with XP. I seem to recal that adding
    > a loaded HD to a different pc could be a problem. Thanks in advance for
    > any help on this.
    Your recollection is correct; XP was installed on completely different
    hardware so at the very least a repair install would be required. Sometimes
    a clean install is necessary and this would not be what you want at all.
    You will need XP drivers for all your new computer's hardware so make sure
    they are available first. I assume you already checked to make sure your
    old drive is compatible with your new computer's motherboard (PATA/SATA).

    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm - Repair Install
    How-To

    If the hardware supports XP, then you can do this and then follow these
    instructions:

    Install Windows XP On A Machine Already Running Windows Vista (MVP John
    Barnett) -
    http://vistasupport.mvps.org/install...ning_vista.htm

    Malke
    --
    MS-MVP
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    Don't Panic!

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  3. #3


    Colin Barnhorst Guest

    Re: Adding a second HD

    In addition to Malke's comments, you will want to protect your Vista
    recovery options from being destroyed by booting into XP. Use the following
    registry edit.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926185

    "Johncon612" <Johncon612@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:EC29FCE4-478D-4926-BDCF-E499B743B4C8@xxxxxx

    > My new pc desktop has a place for a second HD. Can I insert the HD from my
    > old pc without losing the os,Win XP, and the programs on it. My idea is to
    > run one HD with Vista and the second with XP. I seem to recal that adding
    > a
    > loaded HD to a different pc could be a problem. Thanks in advance for any
    > help on this.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Johncon612 Guest

    Re: Adding a second HD

    Thanks for the info. I think I will just run two pc's separately.

    "Malke" wrote:

    > Johncon612 wrote:
    >

    > > My new pc desktop has a place for a second HD. Can I insert the HD from my
    > > old pc without losing the os,Win XP, and the programs on it. My idea is to
    > > run one HD with Vista and the second with XP. I seem to recal that adding
    > > a loaded HD to a different pc could be a problem. Thanks in advance for
    > > any help on this.
    >
    > Your recollection is correct; XP was installed on completely different
    > hardware so at the very least a repair install would be required. Sometimes
    > a clean install is necessary and this would not be what you want at all.
    > You will need XP drivers for all your new computer's hardware so make sure
    > they are available first. I assume you already checked to make sure your
    > old drive is compatible with your new computer's motherboard (PATA/SATA).
    >
    > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm - Repair Install
    > How-To
    >
    > If the hardware supports XP, then you can do this and then follow these
    > instructions:
    >
    > Install Windows XP On A Machine Already Running Windows Vista (MVP John
    > Barnett) -
    > http://vistasupport.mvps.org/install...ning_vista.htm
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS-MVP
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > Don't Panic!
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Johncon612 Guest

    Re: Adding a second HD

    Thanks Colin. As i suspected, it wouldn't be easy. I will just run the two
    pc's as they are.

    "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:

    > In addition to Malke's comments, you will want to protect your Vista
    > recovery options from being destroyed by booting into XP. Use the following
    > registry edit.
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926185
    >
    > "Johncon612" <Johncon612@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:EC29FCE4-478D-4926-BDCF-E499B743B4C8@xxxxxx

    > > My new pc desktop has a place for a second HD. Can I insert the HD from my
    > > old pc without losing the os,Win XP, and the programs on it. My idea is to
    > > run one HD with Vista and the second with XP. I seem to recal that adding
    > > a
    > > loaded HD to a different pc could be a problem. Thanks in advance for any
    > > help on this.
    >

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  6. #6


    Colin Barnhorst Guest

    Re: Adding a second HD

    You're welcome.

    "Johncon612" <Johncon612@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:CEB1ABCC-6B24-4549-AC79-5ADD57A559A6@xxxxxx

    > Thanks Colin. As i suspected, it wouldn't be easy. I will just run the two
    > pc's as they are.
    >
    > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >

    >> In addition to Malke's comments, you will want to protect your Vista
    >> recovery options from being destroyed by booting into XP. Use the
    >> following
    >> registry edit.
    >>
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926185
    >>
    >> "Johncon612" <Johncon612@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:EC29FCE4-478D-4926-BDCF-E499B743B4C8@xxxxxx

    >> > My new pc desktop has a place for a second HD. Can I insert the HD from
    >> > my
    >> > old pc without losing the os,Win XP, and the programs on it. My idea is
    >> > to
    >> > run one HD with Vista and the second with XP. I seem to recal that
    >> > adding
    >> > a
    >> > loaded HD to a different pc could be a problem. Thanks in advance for
    >> > any
    >> > help on this.
    >>

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