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  • HDD Install Question (Old HDD into new PC as a 2nd drive)

    So my friend is getting a new computer. He wants to take his old HDD out and put it into the new machine so he can access his old files (mostly media).

    Is it a simple as plugging in the HDD and accessing the files? What will he need to do to get rid of Vista once it is in the new machine? The new OS will be Win7 and old OS is Vista.

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    Re: HDD Install Question (Old HDD into new PC as a 2nd drive)

    Is his old OS on the HDD that he is moving? If so, you can still update the OS, windows will put all the old files in a folder called "Windows Old". He can go through that, move his media and anything else he wants, then delete that folder.

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      Re: HDD Install Question (Old HDD into new PC as a 2nd drive)

      He is taking is old HDD with Vista out and installing it in his new machine as a 2nd. The new one has Win7. I didn't know if it would cause any problems booting up the first time (would the new pc 'see' both OSes?).

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        Re: HDD Install Question (Old HDD into new PC as a 2nd drive)

        It might work but most likely will not as the old HDD with Vista on it was installed on a differnet PC with different hardware so that might cause some issues, he may still be able to access the files on the second drive and move what he needs to keep then format the old drive.

        Try booting up to win7 and see if he can access the old drive and it's files, if so then he can copy over the files to keep then format and move the files back.

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          Re: HDD Install Question (Old HDD into new PC as a 2nd drive)

          just go into the bios of the new machine and make sure the first boot device is the new hdd. then, once in 7, go into the old drive and delete the windows and program files folders, along with any hidden files in the root of the drive.

          this will free up a bunch of space on the drive and ensure the computer cannot boot from it.
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