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upgrading to a new computer. Can I take my HDD with me?

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April 29, 2013 11:41:56 AM

first post on this site so go easy :) 

I am currently in the proccess of getting a new custom computer with these specs

•Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Motherboard
•AMD ATI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Graphics Card
•CIT Blue Vantage Gaming Case
•1 x 300MBs Wireless PCI Card WiFi Network Adaptor
•Xigmatek Apache CPU Cooler
•Xigmatek 600W PSU
•8GB Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz Gaming RAM
•3.8GHz AMD FX-6200 6-Core CPU

I am purchacing it with no hard drive, and wondering if I can take the HDD in my current PC which is a respectable 1TB with windows 7 home premium that came with the system. also pretty sure it is sata.

my old system : HP pavllion s5780uk, 4gb ram, nvidea geforce 405 (2 years old and not great when I got it, time for something that actually gives some oomph)

the only good thing about my current system is the drive as stated, would I be able to simply put in the current 1TB sata drive into the new custom PC and my win 7 OS and system Files would remain active? I have read that windows 7 will look for new drivers for the hardware but am not so sure, many places are saying that a clean install or serial numbers are required for the OS to run properly after being placed in new hardware, while others say it can just do it automatically.

the reason why I am not having the PC built with a HDD is because my budget is pretty much spent on aquiring the PC as it stands, and another hard disk is not needed if this current one can be placed with no hassle and the OS working with all my files intact.

have seen a thread before about transfering hard drives, but it was for vista and quite old hardware, looking for a fresh more up-to-date response

thank you in advance and awaiting response.

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a b G Storage
April 29, 2013 11:52:42 AM

Well, first off, the HP you are coming from does have windows installed, however, its a single OEM license. This means you can't use it on another machine. Legally, you will need to get a new windows install.

Second, you will likely have some problems if you just put it in the new PC. If you were to do that, I myself would reformat the drive and install fresh when you put it in the new PC. You may get lucky, but you may get degraded performance or some stuff not working right.
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a c 801 G Storage
April 29, 2013 11:53:52 AM

Old HDD into a new system, hoping Windows will work as before.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it works partially.

Personally, I always do a clean install. Why carry along all the cruft that exists in the old box?
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April 29, 2013 12:06:22 PM

Right okay thank you for the quick responses.

"Well, first off, the HP you are coming from does have windows installed, however, its a single OEM license. This means you can't use it on another machine. Legally, you will need to get a new windows install."

yes I was quite afraid that was the case, not an OS expert myself but ha dheard from some that it would pick up new hardware as if it were an upgrade, though highly doubtful now of my system as i have tried upgrading some hardware (more sticks of same size ram and speed) inside it before and it would not function properly (if this was afault of the PSU,Bios or OS i could not find out in the end.)

I am able to attain a version of windows 7 for free and transfering my files is not so much f a problem with an ethernet cable. the only thing now then is that would you guys suggest I get a HDD built into the new system then and save myself all the hassle? -£50/80 or so...
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a b G Storage
April 29, 2013 12:15:15 PM

$80/£50 is a decent price for a 1TB being installed in the new system. If you are not getting the windows from the system builder, there really is not a reason to have them do it, though, and you could potentially get a better bigger drive for the same money if you bought a bare drive. My suggestion would be to get an SSD (any would be better than a HDD) for the OS, and put all the programs and such on the 1 TB you already own, using it as a secondary drive. This would get you the best performance.
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April 29, 2013 2:10:26 PM

festerovic said:
$80/£50 is a decent price for a 1TB being installed in the new system. If you are not getting the windows from the system builder, there really is not a reason to have them do it, though, and you could potentially get a better bigger drive for the same money if you bought a bare drive. My suggestion would be to get an SSD (any would be better than a HDD) for the OS, and put all the programs and such on the 1 TB you already own, using it as a secondary drive. This would get you the best performance.


thank you, I feel this is the best solution though more pricey, i shall do this when i have enough funds and see if anything goes down in price in the meanwhile.
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April 29, 2013 3:07:39 PM

check with the buiolder, they may be able to offer another oem version of windows at quite a savings over the retail price. This leaves you with the same 'OEM' problem in a few more years though.
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