I salvaged a nice size drive.

What happens when I boot up from it in a different computer?

Will it run when all the hardware is different?


I found out what happened to a friends computer that failed.

There was a heat sink attached to some chip on the motherboard(not the CPU) and it had fallen off.
The sink was laying on the motherboard, it may have shorted out some stuff as well.

The heat sink for the CPU was big-time caked with dust.

I ended up with a 160 Gb hard drive, 56K modem, DVD player/CD Writer, 512 Mb of some older PC3200 RAM and a power supply.

Posted on 2010-08-29 22:39:17 by skywalker
Most of the time, it will boot ok.
The only time it won't is if you have a special OEM version of the OS, which is very rare and usually only affects laptops.
Posted on 2010-08-30 02:53:07 by Homer
Most of the time, it will boot ok.
In my experience, most of the time, you will get a BSOD with STOP 0x0000007B INACESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE unless the harddrive was from a system with the same chipset as the one you're transplanting it to :)
Posted on 2010-08-30 12:05:23 by f0dder
That is what I was thinking.

I'll just hook it up as a 2nd drive and erase it.

Posted on 2010-08-30 16:21:19 by skywalker