Solved Moving a slave HDD from older32 bit computer to new 64 bit

February 28, 2012 at 18:35:03
Specs: Windows 7
I am building a new pc and would like to take all the data on my slave or second HDD drive over to the new pc, also as a slave drive - I already have a new boot disk. The old machine was vista 32 bit. The new machine is win 7 64 bit. Can i move it over without losing the data? or do i need to copy the data someplace, move the disk it, reformat, and then copy the data back to the disk.

Thank you in advance

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February 28, 2012 at 19:16:11
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You can move it without formatting it. You can't boot to Vista though and any installed programs will not run in Windows 7 without re-installing them.

You may need to take ownership of the files.

See the link below.

Be sure that you don't remove the drive before removing any encryption, compression or other security measures.

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February 28, 2012 at 20:47:21
Yes. I have always removed the hard drive from my old computers (even when they only had one drive) and transferred the files that way, Then I often formatted the drive and used it for a back up destination on the new computer.
The old hard drive is probably IDE and the new one is probably SATA. If you motherboard supports both then you still can do it but your 'slave' drive will be the only drive on the IDE cable so it will need to be switched from Slave to Master (jumper). This does not mean that it will be master over your SATA drive, just that it is the 'master' or sole drive on the cable. If they are both are SATA drives then you do not need to worry about this, but then you probably would not be talking about 'slave' drives (unless there is just a confusion of terms here).
See the other recommendations above, together they should give you the entire picture.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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