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can i hook up an old hard drive to my new computer, even if the old hard drive was running a different version of windows?

i have my old hard drive, id like to get some files from it, but it was once running vista, i have a new computer that is running windows 7, can i install the old HD into my new windows 7 computer? if so, can someone explain it to me please
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  1. Depends what file system you chose to use, but, I don't believe there's any file system that vista natively supported that seven doesn't, so, yes, you should be able to just plug it in and mount it.

    If it's a windows (Bootable) drive however, your BIOS might automatically switch to the new one, in which case you might have to change your boot order back.
  2. AutomaticCoding said:
    Depends what file system you chose to use, but, I don't believe there's any file system that vista natively supported that seven doesn't, so, yes, you should be able to just plug it in and mount it.

    If it's a windows (Bootable) drive however, your BIOS might automatically switch to the new one, in which case you might have to change your boot order back.



    where im confused is at when i put it in, will the new computer recognize it right away or is there soemthing i must do , in the settings ?
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    Brendalee said:
    AutomaticCoding said:
    Depends what file system you chose to use, but, I don't believe there's any file system that vista natively supported that seven doesn't, so, yes, you should be able to just plug it in and mount it.

    If it's a windows (Bootable) drive however, your BIOS might automatically switch to the new one, in which case you might have to change your boot order back.



    where im confused is at when i put it in, will the new computer recognize it right away or is there soemthing i must do , in the settings ?


    It should work just fine. Just connect it as a second hard drive and Windows 7 should see it and add it to My Computer. Just note that sometimes adding another hard drive to a system can change the boot order so you might have to go into the bios and reselect your boot drive but that should not be much of a problem.
  4. You may have to go to Control Panel/Computer Management/Storage/ Disk Management and make the drive active if Windows doesn't do it for you automatically.
  5. You should be fine to just plug it into your current rig and be able to access the data on it, just dont expect to be able to boot from it.
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