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Transferring Hard Drive from One Computer to Another


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#1 tcharleschapman

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:25 PM

My wife and I have owned two desktops for years now, one mine, the other hers.  Now she is in grad school and has purchased a laptop.  It is time to rid ourselves of one of our towers.  Here is what we have:

 

  • Dell Dimension 8250
  • Dell Dimension E310

The 8250 has all of my files on its hard drive.  There are two partitions on it as well as all of the system files for windows and other programs.

 

My question.  What do I need to do to remove all redundant software and partitions off of the hard drive in the 8250 and then install that hard drive into the E310?

 

Thank you!

 

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:41 PM

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You can connect the Dell 8250 HDD as a slave drive in Dell E310. After connecting the new HDD, E310 will show all the partitions in that HDD. You can simply format the system drive of the slave hard disk to free the space. 



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:46 PM

Thanks.  Anything specific to designate it a slave drive, or will that happen just by installing it?



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:52 PM

Also, for formatting the drive, is there anything, aside from my files I want, that I should keep on the hard drive?



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 02:36 AM

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Here is the service manual of Dell E 310

 

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dimension_desktops/dimension-3100_service%20manual_en-us.pdf

 

 

Here is the service manual of Dell 8250

 

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dimension_desktops/dimension-8250_user%27s%20guide_en-us.pdf

 

Before removing HDD, carefully read the manuals. You can ignore the steps to disassemble as we just want to remove the hard disk from one and connect to other. Now follow the below steps.

 

1 ) Boot to the Dell 8250 . Now copy all data you may stored in either desktop or documents to the second partition. 

 

2 ) Power of the 8250 and remove it's HDD. Refer the manual to know how to open the cover. Page 20 illustrates how to remove the HDD.

 

3 ) Connect the HDD to the empty slot E 310. You can borrow the data cable from old PC. Refer the manual to know how to fit it in the cabinet.

 

4 ) Boot the system and you will be able to see the system and data partitions of the slave HDD. Now format the system drive. You can use it to keep more data.

 

Here is a sample video. it is for another model but you will get a basic idea.

 






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