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#1 PoliSciBri

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 01:16 AM

Hello all.

So, I have a question. Can I take the HD out of my old computer (which ran XP) and put it into my "new to me" computer (running Vista Ultimate) in order to use it as an additional storage drive? Basically like an external HD, but not (since it would be inside the computer). I figure I could just put it in, format it, and it would be good to go. Is my logic correct?

Any replies would be greatly appreciated. :thumbsup:
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 01:48 AM

Don't see why not.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 01:59 AM

Thanks for the reply. I just don't want to screw anything up, ya know?
I'll think of something.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 02:02 AM

matters since your old computer could have been ide and your new system may be sata
so find that out and if there different then no you cant put that on your new system unless your new system has a ide cable slot

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 02:06 AM

The new computer isn't all that "new" really. It's only a couple years newer than my old one. But all that takes is cracking the cases open and looking at the connectors, right?
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 02:23 AM

correct. and even if the hard drive in it is sata, many motherboards (not all) have a IDE channel still on the motherboard to allow hookup to older drives. if not, they do sell PCI to IDE cards and sata to IDE adaptors out there.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 02:39 AM

Cool! I appreciate all the replies.
I'll think of something.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 02:41 AM

Most new motherboards still have at least one IDE terminal, so you should be ok. If there weren't there are PCI to IDE cards that you could use.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 02:57 AM

Lol, I just pulled the old one out. It's only a 20 gig! I could have sworn I had more than that, but I guess not. Sheesh, it's hardly worth my time.
I'll think of something.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 04:27 AM

Well, I just installed it with no problems. Hell, even though it's only a 20 gig, I can still put my music on there and free-up space on my external.
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