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#1 JohnWJ

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 09:38 PM

Good Evening Guys and Gals

 

I have an hard drive from an old computer which has windows 7 on it plus a lot of programs and games that I would like to put into my computer that has windows 8.1 on it. Now to my question can I install it as  slave drive and If I want to use some programs on it how do I do it.

 

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 07:48 PM

Geed Evening JohnWJ,

Programs will have to be reinstalled on the drive with W8.1, data on the old drive can be accessed for read, write and delete activities.

You might be able to install it as a second boot drive so you have a dual boot system then you could use everything on the old drive under W7 and all the new stuff on the new drive under W8.1

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 08:16 PM

Geed Evening JohnWJ,

Programs will have to be reinstalled on the drive with W8.1, data on the old drive can be accessed for read, write and delete activities.

You might be able to install it as a second boot drive so you have a dual boot system then you could use everything on the old drive under W7 and all the new stuff on the new drive under W8.1

Keep us posted

 

Dick..

 

 

Thanks for  the info how would I go about using the second drive as a dual boot system


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 09:28 PM

I'm assuming that this is a desktop and that you have empty slots to install additional HDD units.

If you put it into the box and connect it as the #2 drive, moving the DC/DVD to #3 if necessary it should be found the next time you boot the system

NOTE!!

be sure the power cord is unplugged while you play inside the box. Also, be sure you are grounded. A bit of static here and there can make a mess of a computer.

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:30 AM

I'm assuming that this is a desktop and that you have empty slots to install additional HDD units.

If you put it into the box and connect it as the #2 drive, moving the DC/DVD to #3 if necessary it should be found the next time you boot the system

NOTE!!

be sure the power cord is unplugged while you play inside the box. Also, be sure you are grounded. A bit of static here and there can make a mess of a computer.

Keep us posted

 

Dick

 

 

Thank you for the information I will be doing this tomorrow or wedensday and I will post the results


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:39 AM

If the two computers have different hardware, I doubt you would be able to boot Windows 7 especially if you have SecureBoot enabled in BIOS of the Windows 8 computer. Windows 7 would see different hardware and not boot but I may be wrong.



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Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:56 AM

If the two computers have different hardware, I doubt you would be able to boot Windows 7 especially if you have SecureBoot enabled in BIOS of the Windows 8 computer. Windows 7 would see different hardware and not boot but I may be wrong.

Interesting how would I find out if i have secure boot


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 10:16 AM

Any OEM computer with Windows 8 has secure boot enabled in BIOS. For newer computers it's called UEFI, not BIOS. The OEM UEFI also has the Windows 8 serial key embedded.






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