I have recently decided to start building a computer and have selected all the parts but one. My hard drive. I dont really want to buy one, the reason being any half decent drive costs around the 60$ mark, putting the build over my price range. So i wanted to know if its a possibility to take my old hard drive and put in my future COM. This could also save me 120$ on a new copy of windows. Im doubting this would work though because of the things ive read and prior knowledge(such as things like driver installations and things along that line). I also would like to beleive i could port the old copy of windows on to a cheap HDD and install new drivers on it, again saving me at leats 200$, allowing to use my current HDD for everything else. Any and all tips are extremely helpful.
~HDD has 298 gigabytes
~Windows7 is retail
~HDD is more than likely IDE as its fairly old
~New MB: Gigabyte ga-970a-d3
~As it appears im probably going to have to wait a bit longer to get acom. I was planning on going 64-bit, current version is32-bit and now that ive checked isnt even home premium like i had wanted so its never going to happen.
~thank you all for your feedback
Follow up question: I can still reuse this hardrive as storage if windows/drivers are all deleted correct?
Windows will be installed on a smaller HDD
The HDD should be transferable, unless it's an IDE HDD and you don't have an IDE connection on your new mobo.
Windows may work when transferred to a new computer, depending on a number of factors.
I've done it with a retail copy. Windows had to download a number of drivers and I had to reinstall some apps, but it was fine. If you are using an OEM version as opposed to retail, it may not work. If you're using Win 7 as opposed to an older version, results will be better, as Win 7 seems to deal with drastic hardware changes better.
Also, are you changing from a 32-bit to 64-bit CPU or vice versa? If so, you can't use your old Windows install.