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 Post subject: switching hard drives: questions about mobo compatability
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2004 8:57 am 
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I have a mobo out of a sony viao (sorry i dont know the brand) that was running with an 80GB maxtor hd. That hd blew out, which was discussed in one of my earlier entries. I want to switch to a WD HDD and was wondering about possible compatability problems. If i copy a hard drive from another computer completly would it be recognized in a different system with a different motherboard. Any tips or responses would be very helpful.


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If you are using win 2000 or XP install the hard drive in your machine, then go into the bios and set first boot device to cd-rom. Now put your 2000 or XP cd in the cd-rom and boot to it. Then do a "repair" when prompted. You should be able to boot into windows and add service pack 4 (win 2000)or service pack 1(XP) for the operating system to be brought up to date. Once the service packs are in, install the motherboard chipset drivers. You should be good to go from here.

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 Post subject: Re: switching hard drives: questions about mobo compatabilit
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 8:29 pm 
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BradSorenson wrote:
I have a mobo out of a sony viao (sorry i dont know the brand) that was running with an 80GB maxtor hd. That hd blew out, which was discussed in one of my earlier entries. I want to switch to a WD HDD and was wondering about possible compatability problems. If i copy a hard drive from another computer completly would it be recognized in a different system with a different motherboard. Any tips or responses would be very helpful.


with 98 or XP, you have a good chance of being able to just boot up with the new drive. with 2000, chances are very low.

either case, you're better off reinstalling a new OS on the new hard drive.


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I couldn't imagine that being an issue.

Might want to double check with Sony to make sure there's isn't going to be any propiatory component issues.....like if the bios only wants to see a certain type of Maxtor or a certain type of WD drive.


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