In this case you would HAVE to reformat the drive. Install the new hard drive and use the recovery disks that may/may not have come with your Dell. Either way, you'll have to reinstall windows. IF the OS was installed on a different chipset, chances are you will BSOD.rugbyboy2005 said:I have a dell comp that is not working can i use the hard drive out of it in my new comp so i don't have to get an operating system for my new comp?
I do this occasionally with my two systems. I crashed :sad: my HDD in my 3.4 so I made a copy With Diskwizard from the wife's system. Went in to Hardware manager and update the drives for the different hardware, or you can disable the old hardware and reboot and windows will find the new hardware and reinstall using you new drivers you provide. You might find some weird things like on mine both machines have NVIDIA video cards hers is an MSI mine is a EVGA, properties shows mine as an MSI otherwise all the info for mine is correct. :grin:hwm54112 said:Actually, you may be able to. Windows will recognize new hardwire and install new drivers where needed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doen't. You have nothing to lose.