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Switching hard drives with Vista

Q: Switching hard drives with Vista

Im not sure if this belongs in this forum or the hardware forum so I will try here first I Switching drives hard with Vista recently ran into issues with my PC which after numerous tests and attempts to correct appears to be a motherboard issue - everything else seems to be fine This PC that just crapped out was actually a replacement for another PC Switching hard drives with Vista which Switching hard drives with Vista the HDD went bad on Now my question is on the older PC it was purchased in and came with Windows XP installed on it which was later upgraded to Windows Vista bit before it failed - nothing Switching hard drives with Vista was wrong it upgraded just fine This most recent PC came with Windows Vista -bit and the HDD is in perfect working order - it is now in an external case and all of the information is there just fine So my question is is it possible to simply put this HDD with Vista into the PC that has the bad HDD Would it boot Would it recognize the drive Both HDDs are SATA so there shouldnt be any connection issue I just want to know if its possible to just simply switch bootable hard drives and if so how to do it If this is not possible to just switch the HDDs what needs to be done to make this HDD work in the older PC Thanks in advance nbsp

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A: Switching hard drives with Vista

If the connections are the same it will fit into your old case/computer. Your older PC would recognise the new drive no probiems, and essentially there would be no issues with setting it up to work...

However, if the hardware is different, it is likely to have a fit if you try and run it on your older computer. This is because your newer drive has software installed which it depends on to run with your new setup. Unless your old setup is identical in every respect (all of the hardware) then its probably not going to like having to boot up.

You can dual boot XP and Vista but to be honest I don't really see the point in doing it, unless you have very specific reasons for doing so.

If you have the media to restore Vista you could doing the following:

Fit the new drive to the old computer
Insert Vista disc and boot into setup
Do a full clean install of Vista

Firstly, you'd lose any data on the new disk, and secondly doing it this way would mean it customises the install to the configuration of hardware of the older computer.
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P.S. I am actually a Mac guy, and on Macs there is a program that is part of the Utilities called Disk Utility, and does all this for you easily. Is there a program in windows that does this for you???

A:switching hard drives

Use a program like Ghost or Acronis.These are clone software.
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lately have ran into too many times when placing 1 hd into a different mach it says invalid disk it is set up in bios ect but system wont reaconise it when trying to format this has happened to 4 other mach with different drives all will see them as slaves but not masters all bios's were different also I.E. award, ibm ,ami ect I have switched lots before this now cant seem to get much to work any help?

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Hello all So Drives Hard Switching I have had some issues with my Hard Drive recently and wanted to switch over to my second HD that I have on my computer I clean wiped the secondary HD I have and just wanted to boot my computer through it and begin installing my Windows Programs etc without having to back up my HD I am running right now For some reason I cant shake this malware I have and for a while now I wanted to switch HD s anyways so why not now MY only problem being that when Switching Hard Drives I go to boot through the disk on start up it just brings me Switching Hard Drives back to my HD I have now When I went through BIOS it only shows the one disk to boot through I am at a loss for what to do over just wiping the disk I have now and start fresh I am probably missing something so that is why I come here ANy help or advice would be very helpful Thanks nbsp

A:Switching Hard Drives

Hi Samtastic,
Could you provide more information as to how did you wipe the HDD you want to boot from? If it it not your main drive and you do not have an OS installed on it it is normal that it will not boot as there wouldn't be a system to boot.
What you could try as the simplest solution would be to install the hard drive you want to boot from in the SATA port of the one you used to boot from till now.
If you simply want to use the drive you can disconnect your main HDD install the one you would like to use and install on it. Afterwards, make sure the boot order in BIOS is set to boot from the drive. Once you are done with that you can connect the old drive and transfer any files you need.
If, however, you do not see the drive in BIOS that is not a good sign. Can you see it when it is connected as a secondary drive? Could you run a brand specific diagnostics test on your hard drives and post the SMART data here? Also, if have trouble seeing some of the drives you could try with different cables/ports.
As for your malware problem there is plenty of software that can help you with that I can not offer any program in particular, however, a quick Google search should yield quite a few results.
As a side note, it is recommended that you always have a back up of your important data.
Keep me posted,
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A:switching hard drives?

Its not going to be easy, because the hardware is so different, If you do get the 160gb installed in the Dell, it most likely will not boot, because it will try to load drivers for the old motherboard, and probably will trash the XP home installation.

Another consideration is that the old Dell bios will not recognize properly that large 160gb hard drive, all bios in that day had a 128~137gb limit.

Sounds like a bad idea to me.

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ok first let me say my knowledge of computers is limited but not non-exsistant.

I am runing a custom computer and would like to switch out the 80 gig internal HDD with windows XP pro for a 40 gig internal with windows XP Home instaled on it the 40 gig has a partition C: drive and D: drive.

D: drive being the recovery. my understanding of computers is not good enoph for me to know how to do this and this is were i need help.

the system i would be instaling the 40 Gig drive on has these specs.

Motherboard--Elitegroups K7VTA3
Processor--AMD athlon XP 2500+
Video Card--Nvidia GeForce 6200 256MB DDR2 TV DVI AGP
Power supply-450w rosewill model LC-A400 ATX
Xtreme Sound 7.1/24bit sound card

any help will be apreciated.

Thank You

A:Switching Hard Drives?

Why don't you just leave the 80GB drive in place and add the 40GB as extra storage. There is no need to have a separate "recovery" partition in a custom computer. OEM computers like HP, Gateway and Dell have recovery partitions to save money by not having to supply recovery CD's and extra hard drives...

It is never a good idea to place a hard drive with an Operating System already on it, in another computer...
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A:Switching Hard drives, can it be done?

What you want to do can be done, but it can get complicated and there is some level of risk of data loss.

The process would involve a 3rd party software program to resize the data partition on the 250GB drive to create adequate space for a new partition where you could then clone your failing drive or do a clean install of the OS. That's a thumbnail description of the process and options.

A good partition management program is Easeus Partition Master. The program is a free download and will do everything you need including the clone process.

Assuming the process is successful, you would then remove your old drive and install the 250GB drive in its place. If everything has been done correctly, your computer will boot normally.

You may want to seriously consider doing a clean install of the OS so you start with no trash buildup which is pretty normal with Windows. This would require re-installation of all software programs, 3rd party utilities and Windows updates (which can be a real time consumer). You would need either system install disks or have a recovery partition on your hard drive.

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Hi sb driver, and welcome to BleepingComputer.The drivers that you will need will be for the Sony, but we will need to know what model the Vaio is.Did you reinstall XP after installing the hard drive in the Sony? The reason that I ask is because if you did install the hdd without reinstalling XP there is a good chance that you will have problems. This article explains this.
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A:Switching hard drives

BIOS will recognize the HD however most likely it will not boot since the 160GB had XP installed/drivers installed on a different computer. You can't clone hard drives that have your OS installed and use it on different computers. They only work with identical computers. What you can do it is when your new computer comes home, put the 80GB into the computer (format it) containing your 160GB HD. Transfer all your data from the 160 to the 80. Now install the 160 into you new computer and re-install windows your OS.
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A:Switching Hard Drives

Quote: Originally Posted by lostsoul62

I blow away a computer so I'm taking the Hard Drive out and putting it into another computer. From a AMD 3000 to a AMD 3800 and all it does in re-boot. I put in the XP CD and tried to do a repair but it didn't work or I didn't do it right. Can anyone help?

Cant just swap. There are different drivers, a different MBR on the drive and many other reasons. Can you partition it in two partitions and install clean on the other one?

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A:Switching Hard Drives in Laptops

Usually that error is due to the machine trying to boot from the network rather than from the hard drive. Look in BIOS setup and change the boot order so that everything is before the PXE boot. It can't find the cable because there is none.

Probably the BIOS will be set to autodetect and the new drive should work just fine as soon as you put it in.
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Now, for the 25 cent question: How do I make the 500GB my primary drive that the system is booted from (in essence, my C drive)?

I realize this is basic stuff, but I've never had to do anything like this before.


A:switching internal hard drives

Clone the 160 gb drive to the 500 gb drive, then unplug the 160 gb and boot up. The you can attach the second drive to another sata port and format and partition it in Disk Management. (Right click My Computer, choose "manage" then "disk management".)
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A:Solved: switching hard drives??

Yes and no. It looks like both systems use the same mb so it would boot. Now the no part. OEM type os ie windows that comes with a dell, hp, whatever, live and die with the original hardware. You cannot move an oem type os; it violates the eula.
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A:switching between two internal hard drives

Yes, you can with no problems. Just be careful that you don't jar it too much. You could take a hard drive from 3 years ago, pop it in and it will boot up as if it was never removed.
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A:Switching two XP system hard drives

Sure...a hard drive is a hard drive, nothing but a storage container.  Storage containers are compatible with any system.
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whiteblueknight said:

I bought an eMachine a couple years back, now the warranty will not cover nothing that wrong with it. my question is can i switch the HD out of the emachine and put it in an old compaq i have. the compaq works but just has 4 GB HD in it.Click to expand...

First find out who made the drive for Compaq, I had to use the wd software on an old compaq drive to re-write it there's something on it for compaq id's. but give it a try. i think i redid the sectors to wd.

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A:Switching from IDE --> SCSI hard drives on home desktop...good idea?

the newer scsi run at 360 this means faster access
you will need a card that handles this speed plus the cables
price has come down some still very xpensive almost $2.00 USD a gb
SATA is cheaper and is almost as fast ,in most cases you will not see diff.
I think sata's run at 180 ( I dont use sata)
iede run at 133
warrentys on both are bout the same from 3 to 5 years
both support RAID most sata cards have this included
scsi cards don't you have to pay for that feature
if MB doesn't support sata you will need a card for it
only invest in scsi if you have critical systems and or run very intense app's
so if you want to upgrade and keep cost at min. go sata
if you are not up to task of boot issues with sata stick with iede 8mb cache 7200 rpm (I perfer Seagates)
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A:XP/Vista on two different hard drives

This may be easier than you think.

This assumes you have a legit copy of windows, cuz if you have a hack XP and VISTA that uses grub, It's a tad more difficult but still doable.

I want you to try this first, it's by no means the only way, but hella easy.

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 from your VISTA OS, install it and run it. (dont click the tweak things in the install)

I want you to take a look at the page where you downloaded this for screenshots.

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Then you will set the BOOT order, which OS do you want to be the default when the timeout happens?

Set the Menu delay to 15 seconds etc.

Now, you can CUSTOM NAME these OS's!



You need to set these parameters as you make choices.

Read the directions and give it a try. I would tell you more but this is from memory and I'm not in Vista now so not looking at Easy BCD.

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A:XP & Vista on two hard drives?

OK, so this post came and went without a reply.

Would it be easier if I installed Vista on the other hard drive but leave the SATA lead unplugged until I want to use it, then unplug the XP lead?
Would this cause any issues and would both drives still keep their 'C' status?
Would I still get the "NTLDR is missing screen"?

Thanks for any (hopeful) replies....
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A:5 Hard Drives in Vista???

yannigogolak2 said:

Hey folks,

I just found Hard Drives at Best Buy for $60. They are Seagate 300 (320GB). Anyway, so now i want to put these puppies in my computer and was wondering if Vista will support five hard drives (4 sata and 1 IDE). I have them all installed and Vista only sees four including three SATA and 1 IDE. Also, Vista sees the newest one but under disk management it is "Unallocated" and it wont let me format it. Help please.Click to expand...

Have you "initialised" the drive? left hand side in diskmanagement
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Could you post the brand/model of the External Hard Drive? And it's connection . USB / FireWire etc...
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A:Installing Vista in two hard drives

Originally Posted by Deviatorz

I recently purchased a SSD since my HDD just painfully slow. However, I was wondering since I have the recovery CD for vista, can I install vista onto my new SSD and also use my vista on the old HDD? In other words, interchange hard drives? both will have the same OEM CD key and since that CD KEY is linked to the motherboard, shouldn't it be ok? This is different from duel booting since its the same key.

If you're wondering why I'm doing this the new SSD doesn't have as much space as the HDD so I want to keep there.

Hello Deviatorz and welcome to the forums

I'm afraid this isn't possible, you'll have to wipe both drivers and do a clean install of Vista onto your SSD. Then when you come to install your programs, you have to specify them to install to your HDD. If you do what you planned to do, with your current set up, Windows won't know where your programs have gone. Sorry, I know it's a pain, but at least you'll get the benefit of the lightning fast boot times SSDs promise

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A:Vista cant find hard drives.

I dare say that you will have to install the raid drivers during the initial stages of the vista install, You can install them at the point were your hard drive should be listed in the box were you choose a hard drive to install onto. You will notice below that box there will be "driver or install drivers " listed. Make sure you have the driver ( the raid driver for your SATA controller ) on a floppy and follow the prompts
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A:1 laptop 2 hard drives( vista on one and win 7 on the other)

Quote: Originally Posted by Hokeb1

I have read in other forum posts to just use one drive at a time(swap as needed) that however is not really an option.

No, that is a poor option.

I also read that the best thing to do is go to computer management, disk management and hide each drive from the other.

Realistically that's the easiest way to to do it. It will certainly stop any 'user level' accidents.

Can the drives be truly 100% independent of each other and still be installed at the same time, if so Please explain how or supply a link for instructions.

Not truly 100% - since you'd be able to 'find' the drive through diskpart/computer management at any time, so the OS pretty much knows the other drive is always there so to speak.

Hiding the drives + a good Anti virus and regular scans should be more than sufficient to keep the drive with Seven safe.
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Nevermind i have found the soloution! It was on the wrong IP!
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A:Question about 2 Hard Drives with Vista 64 bit

gmarchion said:

If i have 2 Hard Drives will programs run faster on the drive with the OS or on the second drive? Programs such as Games etc... Does it even matter at all?Click to expand...

It depends on the drives. It's always a good idea to keep one seperate partition for the OS and another for games anyways. Not required, but does seem to boost performance somewhat. Other than that, defrag on a regular basis and avoid picking up malware. Your drives can also pick up a good boost from running in either RAID or AHCI mode although you have to weigh the performance boost against the cost to see which outweighs the other. Good luck.
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A:vista error with hard drives

So Windows XP works, but Windows VISTA does not?
What is installed on the Maxtor, and what is installed on the Seagate. Which one works?
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A:Formatting Hard Drives In Vista

So your new 1 tb drive has Windows Vista installed on it and now its your new C: (or system) drive. Guessing your old drive which is now F: as you named it, is going to be used for data storage. Vista may be using some of the old system files. When installing vista, did you try to just reformat the old drive?

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A:Failing Hard Drives with Vista

Looks to me that It is a Driver Problem what is the Plugin you used for Firefox? Was it a Third Party Plugin?

This can be Slightly Dodgy for your Computer

If your BIOS Can find your HDD Then it is unlikely that You have a Hardware Problem Please Reinstall the Drivers for the HDD You would like to use then Reinstall the OS And your Programs but DO NOT INSTALL THE PLUGIN YOU USED WITH FIREFOX

Also If you can Please Specify what Plugin you used and the Company that made it (If any)

Many Thanks,
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A:vista 32 - replaced 2 hard drives / still down

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A:Dual Boot TWO Vista OS's on TWO hard drives

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A:Dual Boot Vista 64 & XP Seperate Hard Drives

Hello Colyn Gypsy, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Check with this tutorial below, it can help guide you through installing XP to dual boot with Vista.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

Afterwards, while in Vista, you can change what OS you would like to have the computer to start by default. The tutorial below can help show you how to if needed.

Boot Partition - Default

Hope this helps,
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A:Windows Vista - Viruses wiped Hard Drives

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A:[SOLVED] vista with dual hard drives and backup software

Further information for this question.

Backup D is selected for the daily backups.

It also states in backups that "there is more than one disc in your computer. the disc that windows is installed on will always be included in the backup. you cannot include the disc that you are saving the backup on."

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A:Switching drives with OS

Can you maybe but most likely no.
For sure you shouldn't.
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By Brink:
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Hi -

Did the system come with Windows 7 pre-installed?

Please take a screenshot of Disk Management - please maximize the screen; attach to next post.
START | type diskmgmt.msc

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Win - Home Premium SP mobo Gigabyte EX -UD R latest possible Firmware hard drives physical GB WD AAKS for C and D physical TB WD split into two partitions physical GB WD drive G for storage physical GB WD AAKS drive K for steam games physical TB WD green in an external dock Thermaltake BlacX soon Crucial M GB SSD I have a new GB SSD on order and I've two switching Problems drives to my AHCI; settings BIOS when of vanish been reading that I need to enable AHCI in the BIOS to get the most out of it - if not to get it to work at all my buddy said his wouldn't work until AHCI was enabled So I did the registry edit MS published that lets you enable AHCI on an existing windows installation Then I go to the BIOS and changed two settings to AHCI Here are the screens of my BIOS and what I see imgur the simple image sharer One entry is quot ICH SATA control mode quot and the other is quot Onboard SATA IDE control mode quot Both have options to change to AHCI I have no idea why there are two different ones or what either means I changed both I rebooted and the PC goes through an AHCI search function Problems when switching BIOS settings to AHCI; two of my drives vanish during the boot It gets to windows and windows goes through a lengthy process of installing drivers which seemed to be successful but the problem is that when I now go into Device Mgr I get errors on two of my ATA channels under quot IDE ATA ATAPI controllers quot -- I get Problems when switching BIOS settings to AHCI; two of my drives vanish exclamation points by two of the ATA channels And sure enough two of my physical drives have vanished from Windows Explorer -- always physical drives and drives G and K When I get the SSD is it best just to install Windows clean I'd prefer to clone my existing C to it but if I install clean - should that resolve the AHCI issue Or is there something I can do now to resolve it or should I just forget about AHCI and go back to IDE in the BIOS Thanks a bunch for reading this and for any help

A:Problems when switching BIOS settings to AHCI; two of my drives vanish

Are all of your drives SATA drives?

What happens if you change the "Onboard SATA/IDE Control Mode" only?
What happens is you change the "ICH SATA Control Mode" only?