when a hard drive is moved to a new system, all devices should be set to
'standard' devices : ie- Standard IDE, VGA, etc. With standard devices compatible with anything, the operating
system can be moved to new hardware, and Windows will boot on the new
system without encountering a BSOD. Once the system is bootable, Windows can operate to detect and
install the appropriate optimized drivers.
Mode: If your computer will
not start, you may be able to start it in safe mode. In safe mode,
Windows uses default settings (VGA monitor, Microsoft mouse driver, no
network connections, and the minimum device drivers required to start
moving an operating system from an old hard drive to a new hard drive,
there are several options:
the old HD as the boot disk (master, primary channel) in the new
system. Make all system
changes. After all is
working well, install the new hard drive on the secondary channel,
then Image the old HD to the new HD. Remove the old HD and move the new HD to master position on
the primary channel.
the old HD, prepare the OS for hardware change (e.g. delete
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE enum, etc.). Move the old HDD to IDE2, and install the new HDD on IDE1.
Boot with a floppy and run DriveImage or Ghost. Copy the old partition(s) to the new drive. Remove the Image
floppy, and reboot. Upon reboot, Windows detects the hardware components.
as a safety, Image the old HD to the new HD, remove the old HD, and
make all changes to the new HD. If anything goes wrong, you'll still have everything on
the old HD.
system build, to test, boot from a floppy. This
will give you a chance to make sure everything is at least basically
working before getting involved with the existing OS and hard drive.
you donít remove your old hardware drivers when changing motherboards
or any other hardware, Windows still has the drivers for the old
hardware loading up. If you
want to see this, start Windows in Safe Mode and open Device Manager;
look under each item to see references to old hardware no longer
need to reinstall Windows if you want SSE to be utilized (according to
AMD). SSE is new to the AMD
CPUs; only XP CPUs have it.