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July 14, 2013 5:35:03 PM

I have a computer that I got for nothing. I bought a new graphics card after asking about the PSU wattage on this website. Everyone here is so friendly IMO. Anyway, I need some help. I have an old compaq computer laying around somewhere. So I took the Hard Drive out and I was hoping to put it in this one as a second HDD. It has a few slots, but here's my question. It has windows preinstalled, but I already have windows on the hard drive in it, If I hook it up will it affect the computer? Or boot into the wrong windows? Also, I have a 380 watt psu, but here's my specs.
Intel Pentium G620
Earthwatts green 380 watt certified.
Ati 6570
2gb ram (plan on upgrading.)
Seagate 500gb hard drive.
The one I'm putting in is 120 GB so will my psu be fine? And the other question. I'm gonna have two hard drives in this if you guys say so. K.

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a c 756 G Storage
July 14, 2013 5:53:03 PM

Just be sure your current drive, and maybe the DVD, are the only ones in the BIOS boot order.

Your PC will just boot into your current drive. You can wipe the new one and use it as extra storage.
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July 14, 2013 6:37:54 PM

USAFRet said:
Just be sure your current drive, and maybe the DVD, are the only ones in the BIOS boot order.

Your PC will just boot into your current drive. You can wipe the new one and use it as extra storage.

How do I do that? I'm about to plug it in the motherboard and boot it up. Windows is still on the drive because the computer it came from is gone. I'm hoping I can just use mine to format it. So is the PSU okay for this though? K.


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a c 756 G Storage
July 14, 2013 6:52:23 PM

Before you connect the new (old) drive:

-boot into the BIOS. Verify that your current drive is the only thing in the boot order
-power down and connect the new drive
-assuming your current drive is the only, or at least first, it will not attempt to boot into the old drive
-Control Panel|Disk Management, and you can blow away whatever is on the old drive and use it as you wish
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a c 756 G Storage
July 14, 2013 6:53:51 PM

The PSU is fine. HDD's use very little resources from the PSU.
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July 14, 2013 7:26:43 PM

USAFRet said:
The PSU is fine. HDD's use very little resources from the PSU.

Thanks so much, I'm hoping to get an ATi 7750 for this computer as well as 8gb ram. I'll upgrade the PSU when I put in an i5. :)  But for now this processor is maxing out ALL my games with the Ati 6570, but I need moarrrr. K.

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July 15, 2013 8:17:43 AM

USAFRet said:
The PSU is fine. HDD's use very little resources from the PSU.

I really need help, I installed the new hard drive and in my BIOS it says Windows 7 and Windows 7 XE when I click Windows 7 it goes into a boot loop! All SATA chords are plugged in! The two hard drives are on the same power plug.

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a c 756 G Storage
July 15, 2013 8:43:56 AM

iPepsi57 said:
USAFRet said:
The PSU is fine. HDD's use very little resources from the PSU.

I really need help, I installed the new hard drive and in my BIOS it says Windows 7 and Windows 7 XE when I click Windows 7 it goes into a boot loop! All SATA chords are plugged in! The two hard drives are on the same power plug.



Disconnect the new drive
Go into the BIOS, and verify that *only* the existing drive is in the boot order.
Save, power off, and reconnect the new drive.

It should boot to only your existing drive.
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