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Can I harvest my HDD and optical DVD drive from old PC?

Last response: in Systems
May 30, 2012 8:31:27 AM

On iPhone,sorry for any auto correct.

Here my new build:
Saved Build:
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CPU Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core $89.99
Motherboard ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 $73.97
Memory Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 $22.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM $69.99
Video Card MSI Radeon HD 6870 1GB $179.99
Case Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower $49.99
Power Supply OCZ 550W ATX12V $48.98
Optical Drive Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer $17.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) $96.48
the above build would be used fr mostly gaming like WoW and D3, surfing web, school work etc.

My Old PC I got Christmas time 2008. It's a prebuilt compaq crappy PC. It has a 250g HDD that only has like 96g total used and an optical DVD drive that works fine. I might downgrade and get a smaller HDD for the new build if the old PC HDD is reuse able. Can it be reusable and would this be smart? And can I take out my optical drive without damaging it? It would save me $18 bucks if so.
May 30, 2012 8:39:48 AM

You'll need to make sure both the old optical drive and HDD have SATA connectors and not IDE.


You will also need to format your HDD (this will wipe EVERYTHING) off it so make sure you have a backup of files if you need them/want to transfer them.

Also, it's worth paying the extra $5 for the i3-2120 - slightly faster than the i3-2100.

Other than that, the build looks great :) 
May 30, 2012 9:07:01 AM

Of course you can as long as they are using the SATA interface. Though I doubt about the usability of optical media (cd/dvd) nowadays since flash drives can easily replace their worth.