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Grr.. problem with swapping HDDs


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Deon

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Hey..

I've been using a Celeron 1.7GHz with 20GB Samsung HDD for sometime now, and I've bought a new box and giving mine to someone else. I had a stab at setting it up, and I've put XP and the lot on their HDD, but when I put their HDD (the one from the new box) into my old case (with the 1.7), it went all funny.. and Windows won't boot.

Putting my HDD (Samsung) into the new box (2.66GHz), or putting their HDD (Maxtor) into my old box (1.7GHz), either way Windows refuses to start doing the whole 'We apologise for the inconvenience but Windows failed to start' or something and saying a recent hardware or software change could've caused it

Safe Mode restarts the computer,
Safe Mode + Prompt restarts the computer,
Safe Mode + net restarts the computer
Last Known Good Config restarts the computer, and,
Start Windows normally restarts the computer..

What have I done wrong.. or what *is* wrong? :s

Thanks!

-D/
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Hello, and welcome to Geeks To Go.
The hardware inside of a computer have numbers.
When XP is installed it creates a new number based on the hardware, and that copy of Windows.
If the new number does not match because of a hardware change, XP will not boot.
I suggest that you put all of the hard drives back as they where.
You can erase any personal data before you let your friend have the old computer, better yet reinstall XP on it.
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