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Making old master HDD a slave in different computer?


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#1 vhatever

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 09:36 PM

Both HDDs will have the same operating system installed on them.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 10:34 PM

The master drive would be the bootable drive so the slave or secondary drive would be recognized as a data drive only. Make sure they are both recognized in BIOS as they should be. It would be clear if you post on what is the purpose or history.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:44 AM

The master drive would be the bootable drive so the slave or secondary drive would be recognized as a data drive only. Make sure they are both recognized in BIOS as they should be. It would be clear if you post on what is the purpose or history.


My old computer is a piece of trash that no one seems to be able to help fix. Only way to save the data on it as far as I can see at this point is to put it into another CPU and copy the info over.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:36 AM

Yes, please do so and hopefully the drive is still in good health. If you want someone to look onto the troubled computer, please post a new thread so an expert may diagnose for any probable fix.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 10:29 AM

If the drive is sound...and all the data is already on it...you don't have to copy files.

Moving the old hard drive to a secondary/slave status in the system...will result in that version of Windows (on it) being unable to run...but all data files will be accessible.

The exception would be data files which fall under the Docs/Settings group...and these can be accessed by taking ownership.

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

Take Ownership of a File or Folder, Win 7 - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753659.aspx

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 10:57 AM

Wjhat about programs like games installed on the "soon to be slave" drive? will they work in the new arrangement and/or be able to move them without losing function?

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:11 PM

If the O/S will not work...then programs installed won't work.

I don't game but to me an installed game...should be just as dependent on the O/S...as a program.

Since the old drive comes from a different computer...cloning it would probably just result in a different set of problems, since drivers/settings would be those for a different system.

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