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Question for you technophobes - hard drive related

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by popcrdom29, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. popcrdom29

    popcrdom29 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    May 20, 2008
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    Is it possible to get someone else's hard drive (with their operating system), connect it to my PC and install software? Then when I give that hard drive back to the original person will the software installation work?

    I'm thinking that once you install an operating system, it's dependent on the mother board that was originally used but I could be wrong.
  2. minute80

    minute80 Regular Member

    Dec 3, 2008
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    You could possibly do that, but it all depends on what do you try to accomplish, to be exact:
    a) If you want just to install simple portable application, it will work
    b) Since you are a blackhatter, I gues you would like to install a trojan or something, and therefore you should either boot with that hard disk, or you could use a virtual machine like vmware to boot from that hard drive.
    You have to be aware that when you return a disk, the person will actually notice that you did something to it, since the hardware wizards will pop out and the activation process could be restarted.
  3. mystery007

    mystery007 Junior Member

    Aug 1, 2008
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    Yes it will work , That is if you installed the software booting from the OS on that harddisk.
  4. nonhacker

    nonhacker Regular Member

    Dec 26, 2008
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    Computer Tech/ Web Designer
    NO. when you install software 99% of software these days install files in the registry, windows directory and program files directory.

    even if you add the hard drive as a slave and tell the system to install it to that hard drive and not your own hard drive, it will still install files on your own hard drive.

    and if you connect his hard drive to your machine as a master drive ( this mean disable your hard drive) then windows knows it was loaded on another computer and wont run umtil you do a software repair to that hardware.

    since the release od Windows XP, microsoft built its software to be install on one pc and then NOT to be moved to another pc without some repairs and drivers being done.

    I guess one exception to all this is if your PC was exactly the same as his. Same motherboad, hard drives CPU and Ram etc
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2009