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Planemech

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#1 10 years ago

Hi,I have a system that I am putting together. Could I take take the hard drive out of my Dell 2400 and use it for my new system? Would the operating system work in my new system?Thanks




Chocu1a

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#2 10 years ago

The operating would not work in a new system. The os is tied to the motherboard.




Kilobyte

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#3 10 years ago

You could probably do a repair installation. However given that the OS is probably an OEM (Dell) install, you may not be able to activate it again.




ConstanceJill

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#4 10 years ago
Count_Chocu1a;4541698The operating would not work in a new system. The os is tied to the motherboard.

Hmm... depends on which OS and license you have ^^ For an OEM XP then yes, it's tied to the mobo ... if that's a Win9x it might work on another motherboard after redetecting the related hardware without even the need of a reinstall... and I won't talk about linux variants cause I don't know...




Dark Saint

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#5 10 years ago
ConstanceJill;4542512Hmm... depends on which OS and license you have ^^ For an OEM XP then yes, it's tied to the mobo ... if that's a Win9x it might work on another motherboard after redetecting the related hardware without even the need of a reinstall... and I won't talk about linux variants cause I don't know...

This also depends on how close the chipsets of each board are. If they are at the opposite ends of the spectrum, the transfer won't work...

Been there. MSI to gigabyte. Would not work.




Kilobyte

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#6 10 years ago

Yep, exactly.

ConstanceJill;4542512and I won't talk about linux variants cause I don't know...

Linux variants are even better. Some more so then others.

I regularly switch my Linux drive between multiple computers. Sometimes I plug it into a friends computer to run a virus scan. (AVG-Linux FTW!)

Sometimes you have issues if you change the jumpers. I've had distributions that would only boot using specific jumper settings (Secondary Master). Not sure how this affects SATA.




Dark Saint

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#7 10 years ago

learned something about linux right there.. Thanks monster.... !!! I didn't know you could do that with linux!