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Can I transfer a used HDD to my new computer?

I'm buying an SSD and am going to use it to put my OS on. In addition to the SSD, I have a HDD from an old OEM computer that has files on it (pictures, Word files) that I want to access from my new computer. This OEM HDD came with windows xp but I don't need this os from this drive anymore because I will be booting from the SSD with Windows 7. Will I be able to access the files on my OEM HDD after I set up my SSD with the OS and put it as the boot drive?
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    You should be able to access the files. You may encounter a problem with permissions but that can be solved by taking ownership of the folders and files. I strongly suggest you add the drive from the old computer only after you have installed the OS on the SSD drive.
  2. it depends on the hdd and mobo. if the hdd is sata, then yes aslong as the mobo has sata, which it obviously does. and if the hdd is ide/pata, then it will only work if your mobo has an ide/pata connector, or you can get an ide/pata to sata adapter.
  3. ^Excellent point. Had not considered whether or not the old HDD could be an IDE drive when I responded.
  4. kenrivers said:
    ^Excellent point. Had not considered whether or not the old HDD could be an IDE drive when I responded.


    The old HDD is SATA. Thanks for the quick reply!
  5. no problem :D and it is a VERY good thing you are getting rid of windows xp, cuz support for it ends in april, and there are people who have written bugs and viruses for xp, just waiting to send them out after xp support is gone.
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