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Transferring old hard drive to new PC

Hello! I am getting a new Pc soon and want to use my old hard drive as my storage...mainly becuase i didnt buy a new SSD...ive heard it may not be compatible with a new motherboard so i have a windows CD and Key to re-install windows....im wondering if it will keep my files the same or delete them...or can you give me advice on how to switch hard drives on Pc's because i don't want to fuck up!
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    Often you cannot swap PCs with an OS drive, but I've done it quite a few times with Windows 7 if the chipsets are not too dissimilar (last week from a Z68 to a Z87 both ASUS boards) -- so Intel to Intel. It is best to uninstall the graphic drivers and other drivers that have dissimilar hardware, although the graphic driver is usually the only key one.

    First and most important back up all important files as they could be lost, but then again you should be backing up anyway since drives die.

    If you reinstall Windows, everything on the install partition will be erased anyway and a repair install does not work well for this situation.
  2. nonbio said:
    Hello! I am getting a new Pc soon and want to use my old hard drive as my storage...mainly becuase i didnt buy a new SSD...


    Does this mean your new computer comes with a Boot drive, and the "stroage" drive will be your existing drive?

    if that Is the case, then you won't lose any of your files. All you'll have to do is install Windows on the new Boot drive in the new computer, and after all windows updates you install the existing data drive. You will have to install all programs.
  3. nonbio said:
    Hello! I am getting a new Pc soon and want to use my old hard drive as my storage...mainly becuase i didnt buy a new SSD...ive heard it may not be compatible with a new motherboard so i have a windows CD and Key to re-install windows....im wondering if it will keep my files the same or delete them...or can you give me advice on how to switch hard drives on Pc's because i don't want to fuck up!


    dingo07 said:
    nonbio said:
    Hello! I am getting a new Pc soon and want to use my old hard drive as my storage...mainly becuase i didnt buy a new SSD...


    Does this mean your new computer comes with a Boot drive, and the "stroage" drive will be your existing drive?

    if that Is the case, then you won't lose any of your files. All you'll have to do is install Windows on the new Boot drive in the new computer, and after all windows updates you install the existing data drive. You will have to install all programs.


    Well..im going to either burn a disk with windows or put it on my memory stick and hopefully install windows from there..and yes the storage device will still be the main drive i use..i just trying to work out if it will still be functional and work fine after the transition.
  4. RealBeast said:
    Often you cannot swap PCs with an OS drive, but I've done it quite a few times with Windows 7 if the chipsets are not too dissimilar (last week from a Z68 to a Z87 both ASUS boards) -- so Intel to Intel. It is best to uninstall the graphic drivers and other drivers that have dissimilar hardware, although the graphic driver is usually the only key one.

    First and most important back up all important files as they could be lost, but then again you should be backing up anyway since drives die.

    If you reinstall Windows, everything on the install partition will be erased anyway and a repair install does not work well for this situation.


    Ok thanks.....well the processors will be the same make and have the same type of chipset inside it...so will the graphic card and OS being installed aswell as the RAM..will it work then?? and you say it will delete all my applictions...does that mean it deletes the application data and infomation it has made (e.g Fraps - The videos it has recorded)!
  5. It is highly likely that you will be able to boot from the old drive then -- just give Windows 7 time to install the new devices that it may encounter, then restart when it tells you to.
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