I'm in the middle of building a new computer out of some old parts from the Dell I bought years ago, and some newer parts I recently acquired. I can't stick with the case I have, or the motherboard, due to Dell's imposed limitations.
I have an 80gb SATA Samsung HDD that came with the system, preloaded with XP media Center (bad idea in retrospect), and a system recovery partition hidden away on it.
However, I recently bought a WD 1TB SATA drive intended for use as back up of family photos, music, et cetera.
What my question that I haven't been able to find a conclusive answer to is: can I transfer HDDs to the new computer and retain ANYTHING? I understand I'll have issues with the XP copy as it came from a manufacturer, so any tips regarding that would be great, (other than buy a new copy of Windows; Dell didn't provide discs) but really what I'd like to find out about is retaining backed up files on a new system, possibly under a new OS, and if what I should do to make sure I can keep them safe.
(eg, should I partition the drive up somehow now and assign a safe space for the files I want to backup?)
Apologies if any of this is unclear. Any help would be deeply appreciated.
for new machine , hooking up your old drive after installing the OS in new machine will be fine to access the data..(plz dont connect the old HDD untill you install OS on new machine , just a safety to avoid wrong selection during installation)
yes..... its time to change win 7, which has lot of advancement & features....