greenknight Posted October 3, 2011 Share Posted October 3, 2011 I finally killed the old computer (well, not finally, I'm sure it can be resurrected; just broke off one of the tabs the CPU cooler clamps to... I'm sure I can rig something). Anyway we had another machine waiting in the wings (it was a freebie, and I think I understand why they gave it away), this was just the incentive needed to undertake the hassle of changing over. This is a 2005 emachines, pathetically short of RAM (512 MB of DDR, 128 of which is sucked up by the onboard graphics ) , but I can fix that quick enough. The original owner (who obviously knew nothing about computers, or they never would have bought an emachines), wiped their data by using the emachines restore function, apparently, returning everything to original default. So this thing's not only loaded with crapware, it's all 6 years out of date. Plus, we don't even have the discs for it. So what I'd like to do is take the HDD from our old computer and install it as the master drive - and make the one with all the emachines crap on it the slave, reformat it, and use it for backups and extra storage (they're virtually identical WDC Caviar units, so compatibility is no problem). We have an off-the-shelf copy of XP, not OEM, so it's not tied to the one computer. Just have re-activate it, and it'll be good to go. Of course, it's not that simple; XP doesn't recognize the hardware and won't boot on a different computer than it was installed on, and there are new drivers needed. Several sites advise that a repair install of XP with the drive hooked up on the new computer will make it bootable. Correct? Is there a better way? For the drivers I've got Double Driver on a boot disc (UBCD4Win), I've made a backup of all the non-Microsoft drivers onto a USB stick which includes Double Driver Portable to do the restoring. The MS drivers are all dated 2001, and since we've got a 2002 edition of XP, I figure we've already got them. Good enough? I've seen it stated that the drive that's being moved should first be run as a slave, the old drivers uninstalled, and new ones installed. Is that necessary? I thought maybe I could just boot it into safe mode and make the driver changes. What do you think? Need to scrounge up another connector before I can hook up a slave drive, the extra power connections provided in this machine don't have enough wire to reach . Also hope to find the CD with SP3.iso that I burned way back when XP SP3 came out, that will be a big time saver. For temporary use I made this thing almost tolerable by running PC De-crapifier, uninstalling McAfee, updating Flash, and installing Firefox, Avira, and MBAM. It's nice to have a DVD drive, 5 USB ports (and card-reader slots I have no current use for), and a faster CPU, but I won't be really happy with it until I get all my old stuff back. And more RAM...did you do the math? Can you believe it? 384MB of RAM to run XP? Unbelievable. Any advice will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance. <edit> I found an MS MVP page about this that went into great detail. There is another method, much more complex and hazardous - I won't be using that method. I will be making a fresh backup image of the old install before I do anything else, by the way, in case this goes wrong (software for that is also on the boot disc). I think it should work, though, the hardware's not drastically different - both AMD single-core CPUs, old one's a Duron, new one's a Sempron 3400+. If it fails, I'll just restore the image, slave the drive, and transfer everything the slow way. I sure hope it works. <end edit> Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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