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Windows 7: Adding old sata hard drive to new computer

17 Mar 2012   #1
johnnydot

Windows 7 professional 64
 
 
Adding old sata hard drive to new computer

I just ordered a new computer with windows 7 professional 64. My old computer has Windows XP. I would like to install the old hard drive in my new one (new one has a bay for 3 hard drives). After the installation, will I be able to access files from the old hard drive?


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17 Mar 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Yes.

The C drive on the new computer should still be in charge if you connect the old drives and allow you to view, copy, or delete any files.
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17 Mar 2012   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You should be able to. Windows should see it, install the drivers, and a auto play pop up will appear.
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17 Mar 2012   #4
johnnydot

Windows 7 professional 64
 
 

thanks, appreciate the help.
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17 Mar 2012   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You may have to reboot the pc once or twice, just be patient.
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17 Mar 2012   #6
Nitro58

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Johnnydot that was a great question. I've been thinking about that myself. I have a working Hdd with XP on it, and going to try putting it in my Win 7 machine. I believe it could be used as a dual Hdd/dual boot system. I have a Gigabyte MB, and if I hit f12 during post I should be able to pick which drive boots.
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