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

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  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
March 9, 2013 12:54:38 PM

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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a b $ Windows 7
March 9, 2013 5:09:38 PM

if the hard drive is still okay, you should be able to hook it up and access the data on it.
a b $ Windows 7
March 9, 2013 5:16:43 PM

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.)