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    I installed windows and everything for my car computer with the hard drive hooked up to my desktop, so that I wouldn't have to sit out in the car and set all of it up on the 7" screen. When I go to take the hard drive and put it out in the car computer, it never loads windows. It worked fine on my desktop, but in the car it won't load. Is there something that prevents you from transplanting a recent windows installation hard drive to another system?

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    you aren't serious are you?

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    • #3
      It had better be the exact same setup to transplant like that. Like same motherboard, graphics card, processor, way that things are plugged together. Windows installs things called drivers, and if you're using Windows XP, the boot drive better not change location (primary/secondary, master/slave). If any of this is different between your two machines, you may see issues.
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      • #4
        The windows install process sets drivers based on what hardware is present. Mostly this means install on the system that the drive will be used for.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by TDIGPS
          Is there something that prevents you from transplanting a recent windows installation hard drive to another system?
          Yeah. It's caled Windows!
          Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
          How about the Wiki?



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          • #6
            Maybe that's an xp feature, dunno. Such transplant work fine with 9x install : last week I hooked the "Huge-1083-MB-DD" of my ancient laptop P133, housing win95a to my Kx7-333 +tbird 1.4ghz+Gef4... Curiously it booted fine, then asked for its win95cd for drivers.
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            • #7
              Actually, it's any NT-based OS, which includes NT4.0, 2000, XP and all server variants.
              It has to do with the Hardware Abstraction Layer, which contains information about the hardware on the computer that Windows references. If the hardware doesn't match the HAL, you've got problems, plain and simple.

              XP takes it a step further by tying the licensing into the contents of the HAL.
              Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
              How about the Wiki?



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              • #8
                Take it back to the original PC.

                Go to device manager, change the ATAPI driver to standard.


                go to display properties, revert the resolution to 640x480 or 800x600 abd try again.

                the main problems with switching harddrives between machines is the IDE drivers are different and sometimes the video drivers. The other drivers don't really matter.


                NB this doesn't work in all cases.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TDIGPS
                  I installed windows and everything for my car computer with the hard drive hooked up to my desktop, so that I wouldn't have to sit out in the car and set all of it up on the 7" screen. When I go to take the hard drive and put it out in the car computer, it never loads windows. It worked fine on my desktop, but in the car it won't load. Is there something that prevents you from transplanting a recent windows installation hard drive to another system?
                  Well, do you mean it POST's and shows the HD, or just stays off??? Usually with the windows transplanting thing, I've never had a problem as long as you do a full install. The only thing is Windows yells at you, and you have to reactivate the copy because its basically a new computer. I would check cables, your dc-dc PSU, and connections.
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