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Windows 7: Using old hard drive for backing up files to a new computer

28 Apr 2015   #1
Jack W

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Using old hard drive for backing up files to a new computer

I have a question about backing up my files on a HDD and then attaching it to a new computer without having to delete backed up files. Would this work ?

Reason I ask this is because, I'm upgrading to a new pc. I'm keeping RAM, all the hard drives (2 TB and 1 TB HDD. 1 TB HDD is for backing up files), power supply and computer case. Others will be replaced with new and better hardware.

BTW, the hard drive, where I want to keep my backups is completely separate hard drive, it doesn't have system files on it.

Is this possible?

- Jack


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28 Apr 2015   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Depends on what you mean by backup files really,
Personal files should be fine and dandy to use like that,
Old system images I doubt those are any good anymore if they exist on the hdd,
A lot of people use separate hdd's.. for backup files/ system images... without any issues
The best backup is not always connected to the machine all of the time otherwise bugs can access it as easily as you or the system can,
Cheers.
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29 Apr 2015   #3
Jack W

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I backed up just my personal files. Any kind of system files were not backed up.

This kind of backing up files concerns me. Because Windows might format my backed up SATA hard drive.

What are the steps that formatting would not happen and I still can see and use my backed up files?
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29 Apr 2015   #4
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You shouldn't have any problem putting you old drive with the backed up files in the new computer. Windows won't format it unless you tell it to. If you're worried about, don't connect that hard drive until Windows is installed and set up. That's the only time you might have to format a drive - for installing Windows. I normally don't connect drives with backed up data on them until after I have Windows set up.
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01 May 2015   #5
Jack W

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Okay, thanks for for the help.
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