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New hard drive w/ new windows 7 install

Last response: in Windows 7
December 3, 2009 4:39:45 PM

I want to replace my C drive with a new WD 640. Can I disconnect my existing C drive - 3 years of XP and 1000s of files; install new WD drive; format and do new install of W7. Question: when I reconnect old C drive, will W7 have access to all those old files? Seems like a simple way to clean install W7 - start with a NEW drive.
December 3, 2009 4:47:17 PM

You may have to go to Control Panel/Adminstrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management and assign the drive a drive letter.
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December 3, 2009 6:45:56 PM

yes you will be able to access your files - just not your programs. Make sure in your BIOS you tell your system to boot from the drive with Windows 7 installed.

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