Installing a new OS to a clean SSD. will that save everything on old HD?

My MOBO died and had Windows XP. It was so old, it's just easier to rebuild another system.
Like an idiot, I had not back-up HD's in a long time.
I don't mind buying a new OS- Windows 7 and a new SSD for clean install.
My question is this: After the new install, can I just re-hook up the old HD's and still have all my files?
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  1. if the hard drive is still okay, you should be able to hook it up and access the data on it.
  2. You'll have all your files, yes, but you won't have any installed programs.

    (Just make sure the SSD is the only hard drive plugged in when you install windows - it likes to write portions of the MBR to other hard drives, and that messes things all to hell.)
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