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Mixing Ram and Moving Hard Drives Windows 7 to 8

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#1 robert4818


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Posted 20 January 2015 - 12:05 PM

My old computer recently began giving me problems.  First the Liquid Cooling System stopped working, and after having that replaced with a fan, the computer refused to start.  Realizing that this was moving beyond my very limited hardware skills, I decided it was time to upgrade my computer instead of trying to fix the old.  


That being said, I'm wanting to salvage and scrape from the old computer to perhaps upgrade the new one.


My new computer (which hasn't arrived yet) is this:




The new computer is going to have a pair of DDR3 8gb, 1600Mhz ram chips,

My old computer has 3 DDR3 4Gb 1333mhz ram chips.  

I've done some research and have been told mixing ram chips is not ideal.  What I'm not clear on is whether or not this is true when the ram chips stay paired as they are supposed to be.  In that case, can the chips be mixed, or does the degredation still occur?


Next, I've not been able to access my Hard Drive.  I need to get stuff off of it, is it possible to simply move the drive from the old windows 7 machine into the windows 8 machine without formatting it?



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#2 ssgtjeffward


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Posted 20 January 2015 - 02:30 PM

I believe that if you pair 1600Mhz chips with 1333Mhz chips your system will run at 1333Mhz. As far as your hard drive you can place it into your new computer and read it from your W8 drive. There may be some permissions issues but you can use a permissions override program to help with that.

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 09:49 PM

Take in account you'll have to boot with the W8 drive and read the one that has W7 on it like if it was an external drive, also i don't see why you would need more than 16 GB of RAM

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