Transplanting harddrives to another machine
Posted 24 December 2006 - 07:24 PM
Posted 26 December 2006 - 08:54 PM
Posted 27 December 2006 - 07:25 AM
My recommendation would include moving both drives to the 'faster machine, booting to your CD after the hardware swap and then proceeding to the second R prompt (first one is recovery console which you don't want). The second prompt will come when you elect to install the OS and the machine gives you an opportunity to Repair the existing installation. This will keep all data intact however you will have to reinstall most Windows Updates and Service patches. I think you will be OK with your Abyss X2 on the second drive remaining intact, but if its mission critical, investigate this further before you do anything. The other issue you will face concerns the age of your XP CD - if you are running SP2 and don't have a CD with SP2, you will have to make a slipstreamed CD that includes it. You could also borrow a newer SP2 CD, and about the only restriction there is that you can't mix a Corporate Gold CD with a normal XP CD or vice versa. (this shouldn't affect you but I mention it for the benefit of others who may want to do something similar) For simplicity, you don't want any other HDD's left in the "fast" machine and I'd recommend disconnecting any card readers for the time being to eliminate the potential for any strange drive lettering.
This is actually a pretty simple and straight forward procedure but if it sounds too daunting, get some help. One can not simply move the drives and expect anything except problems, regardless of how similar the hardware may be. Total time involved should be roughly a half hour before re-installing service patches and updates.
edit: For clarification - I'm making the assumption that this was an after market installation on your Dell because a 233MMX PII was circa 1995/1996, some 5-6 years before XP was commercially available.