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#1 prbimaniac


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Posted 21 August 2011 - 07:02 PM

Hi All,

I'm setting up a computer that I was given and need to transfer files over. A friend suggested to me to just move the hardrive over from my old computer to the new computer. However, the new computer is running Windows 7 but the old computer used Windows XP as an OS.

Is it possible to move the hardrive over and still have access to my old files?

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#2 Skizzle


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Posted 21 August 2011 - 09:05 PM

You can move the harddrive over as a slave and be able to transfer file from it, you will not be able to run just that harddrive.

In other words, you would have to run 2 harddrives and use the new harddrive as the master (primary)

#3 hamluis



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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:31 AM

Any user can move any hard drive from System A to System B...and have minimal problems accessing data files. Running programs or accessing programs is a different matter.

Additionally...any files which are stored in the Docs & Settings folders...will probably require taking ownership of the files, due to the way Windows treats system files. Taking ownership is a simple procedure and easily accomplished.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

Windows 7 Take Ownership - http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to-take-ownership-grant-permissions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm

FWIW: It matters not...whether the drive is a slave or master (if PATA drives) when it is accessed, the rules will be the same regarding access. If the drives are SATA, there is no master/slave consideration.


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