Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Transferring hard drive to new computer

Last response: in Storage
April 26, 2012 3:06:12 PM

Are previously deleted files also transferred so they can potentially be recovered from the new computer?
a b G Storage
April 26, 2012 3:13:32 PM

deleted files are deleted unless you are trying to recover them

Best solution

a b G Storage
April 26, 2012 3:14:51 PM

Depends on the copy procedure. If you clone the drive, it brings everything with it. If you pick and choose the files you transfer, anything hidden (i.e. deleted files) will stay behind.
Related resources
a b G Storage
April 26, 2012 3:14:57 PM

If you mean physically move the hard drive from the old computer to the new. YES.
a b G Storage
April 26, 2012 3:15:37 PM

depend if you over written them or not, just like how file would be recovered from the old comoputer.
a c 351 G Storage
April 26, 2012 3:17:42 PM

Yes, until they are OVERWRITTEN.
When you delete a file on a HDD, you do not delete the data. You just modify the Pointers in the File allocation table (FAT) to tell the operating system that it can "reuse" the sectors. Untill windows writes new data to these sectors the orginal data is still there.

That said, Are you reusing this drive in the new computer as a Operating system drive? If so you should do a re-install of your operating system and this will over write much of the data, and if the partition is redone and a new file allocation table is created, you probably are NOT going to recover previousely deleted files.
a b G Storage
April 26, 2012 3:17:56 PM


Deleted files do not get transferred, however you might be able to recover the deleted files as long as you haven't written data over the HDD. Try downloading recuva and see if you can recover anything.
May 6, 2012 3:36:33 AM

Best answer selected by sting44.