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I'm going to build a new computer soon, and I want to keep the contents of my master hard drive as is. (With all programs, settings, and etc..in working order)

Do I have to do anything special for the hard drive swap to the new motherboard?

I've read I have to install a new bios, and HAL? What do I have to do EXACTLY? Or do I have to do anything at all?

Any options besides formatting would be appreciated.

Thank you for any help.

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I'd like to take the hard drive from my existing PC and install it in a new PC I am building. I would like to use the hard drive as my primary drive (for OS and applications) on the new machine. I will have a different motherboard and chipset than on my existing PC. What problems will I encounter if I just pull out the drive from my old PC, connect it in the new PC, and boot up?

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Depending on the chipsets of the 2 different motherboards, you can get anything from a working machine where all you have to do is install the drivers for the motherboard and any other new hardware, to a machine which simply will not boot. If you get the latter, you could try to reinstall windows from the CD using the repair option (not the one from the command prompt) and then install all drivers for the new motherboard, updates etc. But either way, there will be drivers etc left on the drive that shouldn't be there. If you uninstall all motherboard, sound and video drivers from the hard drive BEFORE you take it out of the old computer, you may increase your chances of getting a first scenario result.
But it's always better to do a clean install on a newly formatted drive.
Good luck.

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If you intend to use your old hard disk to your new PC that is very possible you just have to make sure that your old hard drive remains the master and configure your new hard drive as a slave.

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A different motherboard and chipset?.. it will not boot up, that's it. There is a fair to very good chance that you will have the wrong version of HAL, and certainly wrong drivers etc. A Windows Repair will not be a good option, either, because all that will do is take the old registry hive and copy it into %windir%\repair [and that will do you no good if you ever need it], rewrite some parts of it to form the new reg hive, and rebuild system files. Mostly, your apps and settings would be preserved.
Reinstall Windows.
Your old data files will not be overwritten if you do NOT format [but not doing a full format can give data recovery software a headache if in the future you should need to use it] ... You may lose email client files though. Somewhere during Setup make the choice to leave the current file system intact but let it delete the old Windows folder.
=Personally though, I would copy off the wanted data, downloaded application installation files etc to that new slave drive, build the sys, format and make a system partition about 8GB in size, install windows and make more partitions for data and apps. Copying out data will save you taking ownership of special windowss folders like My Docs. With a Repair chances are you will keep some of the old problems and instabilities that your old Windows was building up.

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I've done this several times.
A repair install has a good chance of succeeding, but it's not the right way to do this.
All the reasons have already been pointed out.
If you install the old drive as a slave, you can just copy your data, but you'll need to reinstall all your programs.
Otherwise, make copies of your data, reinstall, then copy the data to the appropriate places. The F & s wizard is good in this scenario.

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Here is my updated situation. I completed the new build, and, as recommended, by a couple of earlier responders, I installed a brand new copy of Win XP to a brand new hard drive. Now I would like to put my old hHD into the new build, transfer all my apps from the old HD to the new one (the new one is 10,0000 RPM - much faster than the old one), and use the old HD just for data. storage My question is, once I put the old HD into the new build, how do I go about (safely) getting rid of WinXP from the old HD? I don't want to have two versions of WinXP installed on the two HDs - that just feels like trouble. But if I run Windows installer to uninstall WinXP from the old HD, how can I be sure I don't accidentally blow out the brand new WinXP install on the new HD? (This may be a stupid question, but I don't want to make a painful mistake here.)

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first ,the old apps if install on the old drive will not just transfer and work on the new drive ,transfer of you own personal data is about all you will get .
to format and remove the xp type this into run."compmgmt.msc" without the " and then go to disk management ,.

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first ,the old apps if install on the old drive will not just transfer and work on the new drive ,transfer of you own personal data is about all you will get .
to format and remove the xp type this into run."compmgmt.msc" without the " and then go to disk management ,.

Did you finish your message? It seems to end mid-thought.

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you can copy any data your want from the old hard drive onto the new one HOWEVER you cannot copy the installed program from the old hard drive onto the new for them to work you would have to do fresh install of all those programs that were on the old hard drive, onto the new hard drive.
What Caperjack meant is you can format the old hard drive from winthin the new windows after you have move all the data you need to the new hard drive

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Did you finish your message? It seems to end mid-thought.

no i figured you would be able to figure out the rest once you got that far ,sorry

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OK, now I see what CaperJack was saying. What do I do about reinstalling all my apps that were purchased as single-PC licenses? Does this require me to buy a new license for all those apps? Ouch!

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OK, now I see what CaperJack was saying. What do I do about reinstalling all my apps that were purchased as single-PC licenses? Does this require me to buy a new license for all those apps? Ouch!

when you purchased and downloaded them ,you should have saved the executable file, and the key ,in a special folder , if you did so you can just copy that folder to the new drive,and then reinstall the programs .

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no you will not have to buy more license. as caperjack said AGAIN. if you have the software codes and the cd and or download file you can reinstall. you would only need another license if you plan to install more than one copy of the program on different computers.

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And the reason you feel the need to be snotty is what? To encourage people to participate in these forums? Thanks a bunch, sport.

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And the reason you feel the need to be snotty is what? To encourage people to participate in these forums? Thanks a bunch, sport.

To which post are you referring? I see nothing "snotty" in any reply.
I suspect you've misinterpreted something.

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