Maxtor hard disk working to Compaq PC

  madfool 22:36 23 Jul 2008

I have a known working Maxtor 160gb hard drive loaded with XP. However the motherboard on this PC is working intermittantly.
I have been given a working Compaq evo PC with a western digital wd400 hard drive also with XP.
I would like to use the Maxtor hard drive with the compaq instead of the western digital one.
If I remove the western digital drive from the compaq and replaced it with the Maxtor hard drive, then the compaq recognises that the hard drive is now a maxtor. A message appears on screen asking to press F1 to save these settings. I press F1, the screen goes blank but the PC does not load into XP.
I have set the links to cable select and also master but get the same results. Any ideas what the problem is ?

  Pamy 22:40 23 Jul 2008

The two computers will have different components,graphic cards,drivers etc. that will not be recognised on each HDD, so not possible to swap just like that

  woodchip 23:04 23 Jul 2008

You cannot use other drives in different computer, they will not activate by Microsoft. Plus Hardware drivers are all different

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