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Old 01-31-2008, 07:54 PM   #1
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im thinknig about building a new computer... basicaly just for moding.. i dont paly much games on it any more since i bought an xbox360 but any way... i dont want to have to buy a 200dollar xp operating system when my hard drive has all the programs and xp on it... what are the specs i need to look out for to make sure my hard drive will go with my new computer?
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:33 PM   #2
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Well, what are the specs of your computer? If you're going for a basic build, any Seagate or Western Digital 7200RPM hard drive should suffice. Give us more info, though.
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:06 PM   #3
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I read it as you wish to transfer your existing hdd and os to the new pc, assuming that is correct you'd need to look for same motherboard, chipset to swap straight over which would kind of defeat the purpose.

It is possible to do a repair install of Windows sometimes but can get quite involved as the drivers for the new m/board would be totally different than the original board..

A clean install is the best way to go imo
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Old 02-01-2008, 01:27 PM   #4
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yes "A True Folder" thats what i was going to try... but yea i wanted to get a whole new everything.. motherboard included.. so i guess ill have to buy a new os if i build the computer.. thanks for the help
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Old 02-01-2008, 02:16 PM   #5
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You won't have to buy a new os unless you intend to continue using the existing one on another pc. You can use your existing os on a new pc.* You may be able to straight swap to the new enclosure but as I said above you will need to do a repair install (this leaves your data intact) to ensure your old m/board drivers etc are replaced by the new board drivers, it does work but if you have the option to back up all your data and do a freah install it is a lot less "difficult".

* providing it is not a proprietary brand pc that utilises a recovery partition or restore disks.
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Old 02-02-2008, 12:07 PM   #6
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...-680ILT-Q6600A

im wondering what kind of hard drive i would need for this motherboard.. and would an ati video card even work on this motherboard.. cause im seeing all that nvidia
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...Sku=TSD-500AAK
500gb sata hdd will work.

im not sure about the ati working in it , because its the 680chipset its manly used if your going to sli 2 nvidia cards.

are you going to sli 2 nvidia cards
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Old 02-02-2008, 12:43 PM   #8
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want planing on it... my hope was to keep my old video card... its an ati radeon 9550 256mb.... yea it aint good but it gets the job done on cs haha

EDIT: how do uno that this hard drive will work? like what spec tells u its comptible withthe motherboard
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Old 02-02-2008, 12:52 PM   #9
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On the label of your current drive, it should say whether it's an IDE or SATA drive. Another easy way to tell what kind of drive yopu have is by looking at the cable. If it has a wide ribbon cable, it's an IDE. If it has a very narrow cable (1/2 inch or so) with small connectors, it's SATA

You'l want to look for motherboards that have either, or both, IDE and SATA connectors. The one you listed has 1x IDE and 4x SATA connectors.

If you're looking to swap your current drive into a new build and want to keep ypur OS and everything intact, follow this tutorial: Swapping your board without so much as a reinstall. I've used this method a couple times with no problems.

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Old 02-02-2008, 12:56 PM   #10
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iight thanks for the help :-]

EDIT: yea i have an ide... i remember cause i took it apart a couple months ago and noticed the cables didnt look like any that ive seen in mod'd computers... is there any sort of wire loom for ide calbes? like so it dont look so sloppy?

EDIT EDIT: so id want to look at a different motherboard? since theres only one ide port?
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You can use magical jellybean keyfinder and get the Windows key. Then torrent a copy of your version of Windows CD image and burn that CD image to a CD. When you get the new system up and running plug in the CD and use that key you had.
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Old 02-02-2008, 01:08 PM   #12
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um......... magical jellybean?

EDIT: my dad just said something about si nce its a new mother board the bios wont match or something.. he said since they wont match the machine wont boot. he said he was 90% sure but hes been wrong before.. anyone no anything about that stuff?
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It's a program that will tell you the installation key of your current OS. He is suggesting that you illegally download a copy of your OS and then using the key discovered by the program to reinstall the OS.


If all you have is one IDE hard drive and one CD/DVD drive, then a single IDE connector would be enough. But if have more than two IDE devices, you'll either need to find a board with at least two IDE connectors, or buy new drives that are SATA compatible.
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Old 02-02-2008, 01:22 PM   #14
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what would aonther service be?
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Old 02-02-2008, 01:24 PM   #15
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i think there is a way to change to complete diff motherboard without system repair,

you go into device manage and delete a load of crap for your chipset drivers and then turn it off replace mobo or move hardrive then reboot and it will use default XP drivers.

read here http://arstechnica.com/journals/hard...alling-windows
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It's a program that will tell you the installation key of your current OS. He is suggesting that you illegally download a copy of your OS and then using the key discovered by the program to reinstall the OS.


If all you have is one IDE hard drive and one CD/DVD drive, then a single IDE connector would be enough. But if have more than two IDE devices, you'll either need to find a board with at least two IDE connectors, or buy new drives that are SATA compatible.
It's not illegal if you already own a copy of the OS
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ssc456 -
That's the same tutorial I linked to in post #9.
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lol i guess its a popular link then... butdoes anyone know what my father meant by the whole bios thing
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In a nutshell the BIOS makes sure all the other chips, hard drives, ports and CPU function together. Your old drive will be fine in a new motherboard.
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ok so there wont be problems with the bios not matching? i think thats what he said
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