how to install a internal hard drive with win

April 24, 2011 at 04:35:53
Specs: Windows 7, intel

I have a new computer that has windows 7. My old computer is not working and I want to install the hard drive from it on to the new computer. It contains all my data and runs on windows xp profesional

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April 24, 2011 at 06:32:43

If it's a sata drive, all you need to do is hook it up to any available sata port on the mobo with a sata cable. If it's an IDE drive, set the jumper to slave and install it. You should then be able to transfer your data to the new drive. You can then format it and use it for storage.

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April 24, 2011 at 08:06:52

When introducing a new hard drive your BIOS may automatically configure that new drive as the first drive to boot to. You don't want that, so you need to verify the existing boot order, including which hard drive, stays as it is.

Concerning what to do with the old drive, you won't be able to run any of the programs installed on it without first re-installing them. Your personal files may or may not be immediately accessible. You may need to take ownership of those files/folders. See if that is a problem before addressing it.

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April 24, 2011 at 13:33:26

Also be sure your new computer is fully protected by the latest and good quality antivirus and antimalware program.

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April 25, 2011 at 00:44:53

Thanks OtheHill.
I only need to retrive some important files and after that i will format it and use it for storage.
I tried to replace the the new drive with the old one but the windows didn't start so I decided to have both drives.

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April 25, 2011 at 01:12:23

Thank you Grasshoper
Just waiting for a new power converter cable and give it a go.

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