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Old HDD. How to "disinfect" and install into new Comp without losing data.

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June 24, 2013 3:23:07 PM

Hello there,

I just built my first comp, and I want to take my HDD from my old comp (probably about 5 years old) and put it in my comp, but I do NOT want to lose the data on it. I don't care about keeping the OS on it (it has Vista), just several files I do not want to lose or unorganize or dig up. Also, since my old computer was booting and running ridiculously slow, I'm thinking it may have a virus or something of the sort. I'd also like to run some antivirus on the drive before it gets to interact with my new system.

Are there any good ways to do this all PURELY on the new system?

Alternatively I know I can fire my old system up, copy everything I want to an external HDD, then just completely format the old HDD and install it as a blank drive in my new system (then copy everything over from the external).

While that option is fine, and I may end up doing it, I still would like to know my other options.

Thank you!

-Adrian

June 24, 2013 3:32:18 PM

Your first option is the files a settings transfer wizard built into Vista and Win 7... and I think XP SP3 or there is a download for it. This would require you to boot the old system.

You could run a bootable CD/DVD with USB support.... something like Ubuntu. Transfer your files to a USB flash drive.
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June 24, 2013 4:36:59 PM

I would probably run several anti virus, anti malware programs on the old system and then transplant the HDD to the new system as a second drive. BTW, there's a reason nobody warrants HDDs past 5 years. They know they are ready to fail. Get your data off that drive ASAP.
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June 24, 2013 5:09:17 PM

Alternatively I know I can fire my old system up, copy everything I want to an external HDD, then just completely format the old HDD and install it as a blank drive in my new system (then copy everything over from the external).

This is your best option. Anything else is less secure and more time consuming.

Or:

Get a USB connection for your old drive
Fire up the new PC via a Linux LiveCD
Power up the old drive
Copy what you need elsewhere
Erase the drive as needed
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