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Kevin Floyd
Posted on Monday, September 8, 2003 - 2:36 pm:   

Has anyone had any success transplanting a hard drive with either Windows 2000 or NT 4.0 from a Pentium 3 machine to a Pentium 4 machine. If I put either hard drive in the p4 system, it won't boot. Is there a difinitive reason why that anyone knows.
Posted on Monday, September 8, 2003 - 8:57 pm:   

Because of the NT HAL the hardware each is looking for in each instance is different. The best advice is to reinstall win2k using the second repair option to rebuild the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer).
George Lewis
Posted on Monday, September 8, 2003 - 9:12 pm:   

I had that problem with both XP and 2000 but have no experience with it happening in NT. In my cases, the new boards had chipsets from a different manufacturer than the replaced boards. I had to insert the operating system cd in the cd rom drive, go into setup and have the machine boot from the cd rom drive first. When the option came up to "install the operating system on the hard drive" or "repair the operating system already on the hard drive," I chose "repair the existing OS." When advised that the repair was complete and to restart, I went back into setup and had the machine boot from the hard drive. There was no longer a problem and it booted just fine. But as I said I have not had experience with NT.
Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2003 - 7:47 pm:   

if your p3 mother board with a Intel chipset and your new p4 motherboard is also an Intel chipset then you might not have to reinstall your system.
If your p4 have a different chipset then you must reinstall your system.

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