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Switching From Old to New Tower - 2nd HDD Swap from Old to New OK?


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#1 Drak

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:17 PM

Hello all, my first post and thread.

 

I have an older machine that is being replaced and soon-to-be-history.

Systemax Ascent Athalon (64 I think) running WinXP.

I have a secondary (Seagate 500Gig) HDD in the machine that's been there for years..

I want to transfer everything important from the old to the new as seamlessly as possible.

Docs and pics primarily.

The new machine is up and running fine with it's own programs.

Asus Tuf Z370 board, 1TB HDD, 500G SSD, Win10.

Both have their respective versions of Microsoft Office loaded.

 

I thought it would be very easy for storage transfer to copy everything onto the secondary HDD

while it is still in the old machine.

Copying from primary HDD to secondary HDD.

Then unplug secondary HDD from old machine, and plug it into the new machine.

And basically leave everything on it right where it is while in the new machine.

Presto, easy-peasy.

 

Is this OK?

Do I just remove it, mount it, plug it into one of the available SATA ports, and away I go?

Or is there some sort of formatting that will need to happen?

Or will there be some sort of obvious problem I can't foresee?

 

I didn't want to just go plugging it in w/o checking with someone first.

The new machine is awesome and running absolutely perfect.

I didn't want to compromise it in any way without checking first.

It makes sense to me tho.

 

Thank You for your time.

 

 



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:39 PM

Yes, that should work fine. When you boot into Windows on the new machine, you should see your old drive in Explore.

 

Do I just remove it, mount it, plug it into one of the available SATA ports, and away I go?

Yes.

 

Or is there some sort of formatting that will need to happen?

No, do not format or you will lose all your data.

 

Or will there be some sort of obvious problem I can't foresee?

No, there should be no problem.

 

I might suggest as a side thought, if you have that much data, you might want to set up a backup system using a docking station or another External drive. That is true especially if your storage drive is several years old. You will notice on this forum that we constantly have folks trying to get data off a failed drive because they didn't bother to back up regularly. Just a thought.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:36 PM

Thanks ranchhand.

I didn't mean 'that' kind of formatting, haha!

I just didn't know if the new machine would see the older drive in a different 'protocol,' for lack of a better term.

Basically that they just wouldn't automatically handshake.

Fantastic.

The new machine is for a home studio I'm building.

So to run the DAW, it's always recommended to keep as much data off of the primary drives as possible.

To keep any 'other' programs, data, etc. on separate drives anyway.

And back Everything up to external drives as often as is prudent.

So I'm on that.

Thank you very much.

 

Last question, should I read the hard copy on the Asus Z370 board to see if there is a 'better' SATA port to use than another?

Or are they generally all equal and just find an open port?


Edited by Drak, 12 January 2018 - 11:38 PM.





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