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Can I use my old HDD with an OS with my new build?

Last response: in Storage
December 11, 2013 1:28:36 PM

So yeah, basically the problem is in the heading, I'm going to build a new PC but I already have a HDD and I see no reason to buy another + an OS but I wonder if it's actually going to work.

Heres a picture of what Speccy told me about my current HDD:

The motherboard I'm going to buy is this one (I added this because I wasn't sure if it's necessary or not):

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December 11, 2013 1:37:12 PM

Short answer: No (if windows)

Longer answer: Maybe, but I wouldn't try it. A fresh/clean OS install is simpler than the assembly of a new PC... so why slow down a brand new system with a crud filled previous installation of an OS with drivers for completely different hardware?
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December 11, 2013 3:22:56 PM

win7 and win8 have different answers.

Win7 oem (that you bought or came with your pc) is tied to the motherbd you installed it to and cannot be legally transferred to a new one. With Win7 retail, transferring to a new motherbd is allowed.

Win8 oem or retail - transferring to a new motherbd is allowed.