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- Swapping Drives
- Don Phillipson
January 14, 2008, 7:29 pm
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Unit A has Intel 865PE Pentium 4 @ 2.8 GHz
Unit B has AMD Athlon L2-256Kb running @ 1.2 GHz, running WinXP.
What would happen if I simply:
Q1 -- swapped drives i.e. put drive B into Unit A?
Q2 -- swapped CPUs.
Would the Intel Pentium4 then run the installed WinXP
only faster than the AMD CPU? What might I need to know
about the motherboards before attempting this? (Have no
MB manual for Unit B, a Compaq Presario 7000.)
Re: Swapping Drives
Windows would either refuse to finish booting because the
hardware is too different, possibly corrected by doing a
repair installation of XP, OR it would finish though
plugging and playing everything which means you have to
provide some drivers for it.
Not possible, different CPU architecture plus different
physical socket interface. If you were to instead swap two
compatible CPUs, say swapping out the Unit B's 1.2GHz Athlon
for a 1.3GHz, it'll be fine just running at the faster speed
(assuming you also adjusted any CPU speed (multiplier) bios
setting if needed but it probably wouldn't be in this case).
After windows were reconfigured with all the new drivers,
and/or the repair install, yes.
You'd need to round up all the drivers each system needs,
and the same version of windows original installation disc
so you can do a repair install if it's necessary. Another
thing that will help is to revert both systems to using MS's
standard IDE driver if they're instead using a chipset
More details about plug-n-play migrating an existing windows
XP installation can be found by doing a google search.
Here's one thing I'd do to the existing installation before
pulling the drive and trying it in the other system. Often
this is all that's needed, (beyond which windows will
plug-n-play the rest at which point you give it the drivers)
though it can vary.