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Old 10-29-2004, 02:31 PM   #1
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Moving Hard drive between PC's


I have mandrake 10 installed on my home PC its a P3 with 256MB RAM

Can I just take my Hard Drive out and plug it into another PC (P4 with 256MB RAM) and than try to boot with my Hard drive on that PC.
Will I be able to successfully boot mandrake linux on other system or will it crash like WinXP does in the same scenario ?
 
Old 10-29-2004, 03:55 PM   #2
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I've done this several times, without problems. You may face some configuration issues, I had to reconfigure x to use the new video card, reconfigure my sound and nic, as they were all different hardware, other than that, you should be fine.
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Old 10-29-2004, 11:48 PM   #3
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I will need to configure it manually or will it automatically detect changes?
 
Old 10-30-2004, 06:23 AM   #4
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If you've got a nice kernel with a good selection of modules (if you haven't recompiled and stripped it down, you do) you probably won't even notice you're running in a new box.

You will have to reconfig X, and probably your soundcard, but those won't take more than five minutes.

Just make sure you don't try to transplant WindowsXP...trust me.
 
Old 11-05-2004, 11:14 AM   #5
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I have tried swapping the hard disk and plugged it in other PC (as I have said above about it)
Now what happened is that (to me ) it looks like that some kind of problem with the hard disk itself has occurred as when I try to boot from hard drive it says "boot failure"
I have tried installing WinXP and Win98 but during the setup the installer says that read/write error with hard drive

When I check BIOS IDE configuration it has my hard drive detected as a Primary Master ?
 
Old 11-05-2004, 11:21 AM   #6
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Sounds like a bad hard drive. Was it functioning properly prior to installing it in the new machine?
good luck.
 
Old 11-05-2004, 11:25 AM   #7
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Yes it was functioning properly with the other PC ,I don't have to access to that PC now otherwise I would have checked it there too
I have( or may be had ) a 20GB Quantum Fireball drive
 
Old 11-05-2004, 12:02 PM   #8
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do you have a boot loader correctly pointing to the right kerenl and /root directory of the hard drive you have just installed on this other PC. Your hard drive may not be broken but you may just need to install/reconfigure lilo or grub.
 
Old 11-05-2004, 05:58 PM   #9
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The current status of your system is a little unclear. Installing the drive in a different PC should be fine (as others have already said) but if you can't boot from it then perhaps it is just jumpered incorrectly and/or the cables are not firmly seated. That may not be the issue but it's something to check -- J.W.
 
Old 11-06-2004, 02:26 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by J.W.
The current status of your system is a little unclear. Installing the drive in a different PC should be fine (as others have already said) but if you can't boot from it then perhaps it is just jumpered incorrectly and/or the cables are not firmly seated. That may not be the issue but it's something to check -- J.W.
Last night I again tried to install WinXP ,it is taking too much time to access hard disk as a cursor keeps on blinking and blinking on the screen before anything happens.

When installing Windows installer showed me all the partitions and the setup files got copied to the hard drive but when it rebooted after copying the files it failed to boot from the hard disk?(obviously than I was booting from the hard drive ,not from the CD-ROM)
 
Old 11-20-2004, 12:06 PM   #11
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Hi
I have again checked my hard drive with my home PC (from where I actually took it)
it functioning properly here and there are no problems
While it was not working with the other PC as I had mentioned previously, can any one help me, as the same hard drive failed to boot on the other PC as I had mentioned before.
 
Old 11-20-2004, 12:23 PM   #12
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On the other pc, are you certain you're putting the drive in the same configuration? e.g. primary master, primary slave, etc. Is the drive recognized by the bios correctly?
good luck.
 
Old 11-20-2004, 12:29 PM   #13
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yes I am pretty sure as it is shown in the IDE configuration

and the drive does get detected by BIOS

P.S. I booted the other PC from a friends hard drive and pulgged my drive too , my drive also got detected and was working normally with windows.
 
Old 11-20-2004, 12:55 PM   #14
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I'm thinking the boot loader can't find what it needs for some reason. I'd double check the configuration, and ensure that the drive is in the exact same location on both machines.
good luck.
 
  


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