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Installing new CPU and Motherboard with new SSD but wanting to keep old HDD files

Hi guys, I'll try and make this brief!

My cpu died a few days ago so I'm getting a new motherboard (the other was a few years old) CPU and SSD. I still have my other HDD which has all my data and information on that I'd like to keep so my question is this:

Do I only connect the SSD and install my OS on that first and then connect the HDD afterwards and retrieve my data off of that (if that's possible?) i.e will my old HDD work to get my files off after I install the OS to my SSD or do I have to do something to make it work?

I'm installing the same OS that I used with the previous HDD (Windows 7)

Other info: I don't have another PC to put the drive in.

Thanks for taking the time to read through this :)
All the best.
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  1. Hello,

    Your description is spot on. Disconnect the hard drive temporarily, install Windows 7 on the SSD, then shutdown and connect the hard drive. It will show up as your E: drive (most likely) and you will be able to access the data.
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    best is to actually unplug the old hdd while installing and plug it back in once the ssd install is complete. the only problems you can have are if the old hdd was compressed/encrypted in any way or if the old hdd is bad but that's rarely the case.

    once you plug it in after installing windows will find and install the drivers, will ask for a restart and after that it will show like any other partition. no problems.
  3. fricklesmn said:
    Hello,

    Your description is spot on. Disconnect the hard drive temporarily, install Windows 7 on the SSD, then shutdown and connect the hard drive. It will show up as your E: drive (most likely) and you will be able to access the data.


    Thanks for that, I'll let you know how I get on when I install it all! :bounce:

    Cheers
  4. laviniuc said:
    best is to actually unplug the old hdd while installing and plug it back in once the ssd install is complete. the only problems you can have are if the old hdd was compressed/encrypted in any way or if the old hdd is bad but that's rarely the case.

    once you plug it in after installing windows will find and install the drivers, will ask for a restart and after that it will show like any other partition. no problems.


    Ah cool, nothing was encrypted so it should be fine :) Thank you for the response, I'll post a message when it's all done and dusted (probably next week sometime).

    Cheers.
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