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dead h/d can i replace with one from spare comp?


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icer

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HI

My daughter has a dell dimension 8200 1.8G p4 1.5g rd ram
hard disk has decided not to play anymore and system goes round & round in circles.
We have a spare system in loft a dell dimension 2400 and as far as anybody can remember the h/d is ok. it is loaded with xp.
is there ant reason why i can't just shove this one in and expect this to work?
It does seem to easy so there must be a problem, what is it.

Ian
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Jeff Berndsen

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It may work, but the problem you are going to run into is that the devices on the computer are going to be different, and as such will require you to install the device drivers for the motherboard and all other devices.
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you might be able to put the hard drive in but you would have to reinstall windows fresh as you can't move xp from one computer to another unless they are identical....

I can't be sure the hard drives are the same type either as these are dells and you can't find out what is on them with just a model number.... you need service tags.... you could go to dell and put in your service tag number into the tech support area and find out factory configuration.... as long as the hard drives are the same type they could be used ( either sata or pata/ide )
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Could you describe the problem in some details? How did you reach the conclusion that the hard disk is finished?
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