Can you insert two SATA HDD into one CPU?

November 30, 2010 at 06:39:09
Specs: Windows 7 & Windows Vista
I want to extract a file from a SATA HDD, but the computer in which the hard drive was is bad and I then installed it on another comuter which uses SATA HDD removing the one in it and replacing it with the SATA HDD from the faulty computer but it the Operating system couldnt run because it noticed a difference in the devices of the new computer. I want to know if I could Insert both SATA HDD and Use the original HDD to boot the computer while the I use the Other one as a Storage drive without causing and conflict with the two drives or damaging any of it? (note: both drives do not have are not slaved)

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#1
November 30, 2010 at 06:53:51
you wont be able to use the Main HDD from the original PC in another computer because of the hardware that the OS associates with when its installed. if you only want to retrieve files from the main one then install an operating system on a new PC/HDD and have yor old main one as secondary drive. you may have to change the ownership of the original drive or you can get an sata usb device that you can plug the old on it to without having to put it in the computer.

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#2
November 30, 2010 at 08:40:07
If you have SATA connections for both drives then by all means go ahead. You may need to pay attention to the the first boot device list. If the computer doesn't start correctly watch the POST screens at start up to set the boot order to the working drive that has been installed previously.

You may need to take ownership of the files/ folders in order to access them. Click the link below for help with that.

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#3
November 30, 2010 at 12:41:57
$20 gets you a usb to sata adapter so you don't have to open the box.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
November 30, 2010 at 12:53:21
Can you insert two SATA HDD into one CPU

CPU= Central processing unit, is that what you are refering to?

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#5
December 5, 2010 at 02:53:10
Thank you all,
@Othehill I had done it already just the way you have described and It was all okay, No damage.
Thanks guys. I would have used an USB to sata adapter if I had one and it was not an emergency.
@XpUser4Real : Its a CPU, Central processing Unit, Yes, I don't need to call the full name Bcos I expect only computer gurus to help with that.

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#6
December 5, 2010 at 04:00:31
The point of XpUser4Real's comment was that a CPU is a Central Processing Unit. That is a large processing chip that attaches to the motherboard of a COMPUTER. You do not attach drives to a CPU.

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