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Need help with HDD's and windows files


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#1 mecharonin

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 05:45 PM

Hi there my name is cody and i have a question about HDD's with windows files on them. I'm getting a new computer today and it has room for extra SATA hard drives. The computer will come with a 500GB SATA hard drive installed, but from the two other computers i have i want to take the HDD's out of those and put them in the new one. The new one will not have hot swap (i don't know what that means anyways). the two HDDS i want to put in are 250GB seagate barracuda, and i'm not sure of the other one only that its 128GB. However the HDD's i want to put in are the local disk C of both computers thus they will have all the OS files on them, the problem is that i don't want to wipe the hard drive before i install them as i have lots of data i want to keep. So my question is "Will i be able to put these two hard drives into the new computer without it going loopy with the windows files and without having to wipe the hard drives."
I read somewhere that when you install windows it takes sort of a snapshot of your chipset and hardware architecture, so hopefully it won't conflict and i'll just be able to go in and delete all the files i don't need.

Thank you for any and all help.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:44 PM

As long as you set the primary drive that came with the computer as your primary, you shouldnt have any issue running them as slaves. Once you got it booted up you can go through and manually delete all the windows files to save space if you want, or if it was my system, transfer all your files to your primary drive from the slave drives and reformat them, then reinstall the files you want onto them that way you have the most usable space possible.

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