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#1 xer 21

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:34 PM

If i install an older hadr drive with an OS on it as a secondary drive, will i still be able to open the folders on it?

 

 

I have an older hard drive i need to get files off of, but the motherboard went.  i want to throw that hard drive into my current PC, but i want to know what having an OS installed on the old drive will mean.  what complications will i have?  will i still be able to access the files while botting through my current OS?

 

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:52 PM

If the jumper on the back of the HDD is set to "slave" or "cable select", then you should have no problem. The old HDD won't try to boot... not that it would get very far in a completely different machine.

 

Then it will appear in My Computer with a drive letter and you should be able to transfer files. Data only,,, you cant transfer full programs, they won't work.



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:04 PM

Are both hdds IDE or SATA?

 

We will need to know this in order to help you install the older hdd in the newer computer.

 

Booting should not be a problem, the boot order is set to boot from either the CD/DVD-ROM or the hdd.  It will boot from the hdd which is entered as the boot drive.  After the older hdd is installed you should be able to click on Computer and the older drive will be there with a letter assigned to it.  Click on this drive to open it, after it is open you can send data from that drive to a folder you've created, or to a flash drive, or to the hdd installed originally in this computer.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:55 PM

both are SATA   it aint THAT old, lol.

 

 

so do i need to change the jumper to slave?

 

 

just making sure i dont need to reformat anything or whatever, as well.



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 04:04 PM

SATA hdds don't have jumper for slave and master like the IDE did.  

 

All you need to do is to install the SATA hdd in the storage bay and connect the SATA data and power cables.  Turn the computer on and let it find the new hdd.

 

Click on Computer and it should show up in there shortly if it isn't already.  Open the drive and you should be able to brows through it.

 

If you want to save a file or folder just right click on it, a menu will open with the choice of Send, move you pointer over Send and another menu will open with options of where to send it.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 04:12 PM

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:41 PM

im trying to open the folder i need, but its telling me i dont have permission.  i assume that this is because it's in the users folder.

 

any ideas how to get what i need?



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:52 PM

never mind, i got it to work.  thanks guys.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 08:46 AM

Glad to hear you got it sorted. :thumbup2:


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