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Windows 7: Moving HDD to New Computer from Old Computer

09 Apr 2013   #11
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FH Rob View Post
You can use that as a data drive no problem. If a operating system is on the hard you would want to make sure it is not marked as active ( Partition - Mark as Active )
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That's great news. Can a drive be changed to another designation, assuming it's marked as active?
Basically just make it not active and that should work when used in the new PC. But I always do a backup of my files and do a clean install


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09 Apr 2013   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FH Rob View Post
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Yes because you have a retail license key you can move the hard drive from one computer to another, weather the OS will agree with the new computer or not is a thing that is debatable.
That's interesting. I'm hoping to upgrade from a Pentium 4 to something more up-to-date.

Is this possible - can I simply move the old hard drive to the new machine, and use that as a data drive?

Rob

A big YES !!
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09 Apr 2013   #13
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benjy206 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FH Rob View Post
You can use that as a data drive no problem. If a operating system is on the hard you would want to make sure it is not marked as active ( Partition - Mark as Active )
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FH Rob View Post
That's great news. Can a drive be changed to another designation, assuming it's marked as active?
Basically just make it not active and that should work when used in the new PC. But I always do a backup of my files and do a clean install
It should be fromatted, no reason to keep it like that with wasted space on it. Get the files off it, format it.
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09 Apr 2013   #14
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post

It should be fromatted, no reason to keep it like that with wasted space on it. Get the files off it, format it.
For sure That is what I always do. Do it all the time on my own system just to clean the HD
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09 Apr 2013   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Batta Bing

and if you`re in no rush and really want it done, run the cleanall command or I`ll use ccleaner to wipe the free space, takes awhile but who cares , right ?
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09 Apr 2013   #16
FH Rob

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I need to clarify three important points:

1 - When we say "Data" we're talking about files other than Program files. Am I correct here?

2 - In all cases when migrating from Computer A to Computer B, must your program files be reinstalled?

3 - Do you copy the data files to the new computer first, or install the programs on the new computer, and then copy the data files?

Thanks

Rob
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09 Apr 2013   #17
FH Rob

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Batta Bing

and if you`re in no rush and really want it done, run the cleanall command or I`ll use ccleaner to wipe the free space, takes awhile but who cares , right ?
Are you running ccleaner before formatting or after?
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09 Apr 2013   #18
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Were not talking about programs just your own data files.
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09 Apr 2013   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FH Rob View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Batta Bing

and if you`re in no rush and really want it done, run the cleanall command or I`ll use ccleaner to wipe the free space, takes awhile but who cares , right ?
Are you running ccleaner before formatting or after?
It`s all the same thing, it formats it.
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09 Apr 2013   #20
FH Rob

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benjy206 View Post
Were not talking about programs just your own data files.
Benjy:

OK. So what you're saying is copy the data files from your programs, such as downloaded content from your game programs.

Install the programs and any updates on the new machine, and then copy the data files onto the new machine.

Am I on the right track here?

Rob
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