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Two Hard Drives, Two Operating System, Not looking to dual boot.

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July 29, 2014 5:49:52 PM

I have 2 PC's, one working and one broken. I need to get files off of the broken PC's hard drive (I know the HDD works) onto my working PC. I want to know if there will be any conflicts if Hard Drive A (working PC's HDD) and Hard Drive B (broken PC's HDD) are put onto the same system. Note that I will NOT be booting up the Vista HDD, I am strictly putting in there to move files (not programs) to HDD A.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

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a c 971 G Storage
July 29, 2014 6:23:53 PM

There shouldnt be but you might want to make sure Drive A is on a lower numbered sata port than drive b
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a b G Storage
July 29, 2014 6:29:25 PM

You didn't say what kind of hard drives so I'll assume SATA.

In general, the system will boot from the first bootable hard drive it finds. So as long as HDD A is connected to the SATA1 port on your mobo and HDD B is connected to a higher numbered port that should work. I would connect HDD B to the highest numbered port, i.e. if your mobo has 4 SATA ports connect it to port 4.

If the drives are PATA (IDE) drives, set the jumpers for HDD A as master and HDD B as slave.

When you first boot the machine after installing HDD B go into the BIOS boot preferences and see if both hard drives are there. If so, select HDD A. If not, just make HDD the 1st boot option rather than CD, USB, etc..
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July 29, 2014 6:39:18 PM

thx1138v2 said:
You didn't say what kind of hard drives so I'll assume SATA.

In general, the system will boot from the first bootable hard drive it finds. So as long as HDD A is connected to the SATA1 port on your mobo and HDD B is connected to a higher numbered port that should work. I would connect HDD B to the highest numbered port, i.e. if your mobo has 4 SATA ports connect it to port 4.

If the drives are PATA (IDE) drives, set the jumpers for HDD A as master and HDD B as slave.

When you first boot the machine after installing HDD B go into the BIOS boot preferences and see if both hard drives are there. If so, select HDD A. If not, just make HDD the 1st boot option rather than CD, USB, etc..


Thanks Good Sir, much appreciated.
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a b G Storage
July 29, 2014 6:46:17 PM

SATA ports start at number 0 , not 1
There is never ports 1 - 6 , there is always ports 0 -5

But that makes no difference because your BIOS will allow you to select which is the boot drive

[ Ok to be fair it only makes no difference MOST of the time ]
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a c 971 G Storage
July 29, 2014 7:13:14 PM

Sorry Outlander but many motherbds start off with a 1, Every asus that I can think of recently.
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a b G Storage
July 29, 2014 7:31:41 PM

popatim said:
Sorry Outlander but many motherbds start off with a 1, Every asus that I can think of recently.


Yes you are right . I wonder when they started doing that?
The 0-5 was the industry standard

I guess the lesson is to start at 0 if there is a SATA port 0 , and at 1 if there is not
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a b G Storage
July 29, 2014 7:52:32 PM

The OS still numbers them starting at zero. AT least Windows and Linux. I don't have a clue about Apple but I would guess so.
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a c 971 G Storage
July 30, 2014 6:45:29 PM

As far a I know, yes and get mighty confusing when the bios auto-renumbers them based on whats being used. Makes it hard to tell what drive is having an issue when a drive on sata_3 is being listed as sata port 5 in the os (stupid gigabyte board)
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