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I am replacing/updating my PC that I use in the office and taking the older one home to use. Both are Dell systems and will run WinXP Pro SP2. The new one is spec'd out with a 500GB HDD and the old one runs off a 120GB HDD. I run all my data off of an external HDD and I sync/backup the data from the external to the 120GB and that is only 11GB of data. I don't need all that HDD space on the office PC, I'd rather have the space on the old PC that I will take home to use. Is it possible, technically and legally to just swap the HDD's from the PC's and just load the appropriate drivers that are specific to the system config?

I can always just swap the HDD's and reformat/reinstall the OS's using the XP Pro software that is licensed to each system, but I don't want to spend that much time with the 2 OS reinstalls if I can avoid it and still have a stable system. The timing of the purchase was off and I didn't order it before the Xmas holiday when I was off and could do the laborious OS installs.

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Jerold
 

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you should be able to swap the hard drives legally as long as you own both.

you will need to do complete installs. might even be best to do a format
before an install on both machines. windows does an examination of
both machines for hardware to detect hardware to prevent piracy.

i don't have xp and don't know all the issues but you will also probably
need to go through a
genuine-windows-contact-the-mothership-to-prevent-piracy
authorization. they may refuse to authorize it suspecting you
of windows piracy and leaving you with the
machine to stop working after 30 days.

all in all it may be easier to buy more drive space when you
need it for the home machine.
 

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To be honest I dont think its worth the hassle.
For a start Dell you will void your warranty.
It is possible to do what you ask, but not for the faint hearted
I would just but another hard drive for your old pc and leave well alone
 
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