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Moving a Win8 boot drive to a new PC

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October 18, 2013 10:11:15 AM

So I'm building a new PC and I need to move and old boot drive to it (SSD) do I have to reinstall windows or is there a way to do it without having to move all my data? (I have 2 more hdds I can move stuff to)

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October 18, 2013 10:44:42 AM
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Depending on the hardware and bios settings, it may or may not be able to re-recognize all the hardware. There are several things that would break it:

1. Make sure it's the same processor maker: Intel to Intel, AMD to AMD. Crossing that line will not work.
2. Make sure the controller is in the same mode as the old computer: AHCI, RAID, or IDE emulated
3. Make sure the boot mode is the same: UEFI or BIOS
4. If the original PC had a single core CPU (unlikely, but possible) then it won't transfer to a multi-core CPU system.
October 18, 2013 10:49:31 AM

dgingeri said:
Depending on the hardware and bios settings, it may or may not be able to re-recognize all the hardware. There are several things that would break it:

1. Make sure it's the same processor maker: Intel to Intel, AMD to AMD. Crossing that line will not work.
2. Make sure the controller is in the same mode as the old computer: AHCI, RAID, or IDE emulated
3. Make sure the boot mode is the same: UEFI or BIOS
4. If the original PC had a single core CPU (unlikely, but possible) then it won't transfer to a multi-core CPU system.


I'm moving from intel to inte, both 4 core cpus
how do I find what controller mode it's in?
thanks for the help
October 18, 2013 10:55:40 AM

It's just a matter of going into the bios and checking the setting. You could also check the device manager, but that is harder to interpret.

In device manager:
If it is in IDE mode, the IDE device listings will list 2 or 3 standard IDE controllers
If it is in AHCI mode, the IDE device listings will list an Intel SATA AHCI Controller
If it is in RAID mode, there will be a listing under Storage Controllers, separate from the IDE controllers, naming an Intel RAID controller

Just make sure the new board is in the same mode, if it can. Some Intel chipsets don't have the RAID capability.
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