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Computer Crash move old HD to new computer RRS feed

  • Question

  • My HP 3.2 xp home ver computer died.  Bought Hp 3.8 WS4200 with XP proffesional ver.  Took the HD out of the old CPU and install in the new CPU to transfer files and when I booted the old HD (xp home) it ask to verify it was a legal copy.  So since I booted this this drive I couldn't do this online and use the phone.  Went through reading the numbers and it said I couldn't get a new code.  Is this because I took the drive from a desktop home computer and put it in my new HOME (workstation compter)?  All I want is my files off of the old HD (my doc's, pictures, music, videos, downloads/received files before install).  AFTER that I can format the drive for all I care.  When It boots it goes to the welcome screen then when I click my name (no password required) to enter desktop it goes back to the activation screen, hence my problem getting my files... Please help  Tim
    Saturday, July 18, 2009 4:04 PM

Answers

  • Hello temarcott,

    The easy way to address the situation is to NOT boot from the hard disk drive pulled from the dead computer.  Install this HDD into the computer as a nonboot drive, or install this HDD into an external HDD enclosure and connect to the computer after it starts from its own HDD.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, July 20, 2009 4:49 AM

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  • Hello temarcott,

    The easy way to address the situation is to NOT boot from the hard disk drive pulled from the dead computer.  Install this HDD into the computer as a nonboot drive, or install this HDD into an external HDD enclosure and connect to the computer after it starts from its own HDD.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, July 20, 2009 4:49 AM
  • I tried that... I put the old hd in a usb box and booted normal.  I could access all files that WASN'T in XP (home) -  except MY DOCUMENTS folder.  I could view all files on the drive, even the my doc in question but to access them I couldn't.  That drive was XP(home) and the booted drive - new cpu - was XP proffessional.  Just said access denied.
    Monday, July 20, 2009 5:54 PM
  • Hello temarcott,

    This MS KB article tells you how to fix the "access denied" situation that you encountered:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 3:36 AM