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Windows 7: Switching back to old HD to get files

20 Aug 2017   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Switching back to old HD to get files


So last year I had to get a new hard drive for my laptop. Now I've realized that there are some files on the old hard drive that I need. Is it as "simple" as opening up my laptop, taking out the new HD, putting the old one in, and turning it on? And when I'm done transferring the files I need to a flash drive (assuming the old HD works long enough for me to do this), turn it off, take the old HD out, and put the new one back in? Will I have to re-install Windows on the new HD again? Will I lose any files on the new HD?

I know this is a really simple, basic question but this is my first and only laptop and I can't afford a replacement so I'm being very cautious about this.

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20 Aug 2017   #2

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

Hi Book,
thats the way to go:).

Nothing will be lost on the newer drive, so no re-install required.

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20 Aug 2017   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium bit

Be easier to get a hdd to usb adapter, either a case or one that the hdd plugs onto.

one of many, , , ,

google hdd to usb, get overwhelmed, , , ,

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20 Aug 2017   #4

win 8 32 bit

It's simpler to put it into an external drive and get it that way because less risk of opening up the PC
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20 Aug 2017   #5

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

I'd just get a external enclosure personally :)
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23 Aug 2017   #6

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

However you do this, once you connect the old drive to the computer, you should do a full image backup of the drive. Use software which will allow you to mount the image as a drive, such as Macrium Reflect Free. By doing this, you will be able to mount the image as a drive in the future and copy anything you want out of it.
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