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Can I move my old computer's hard drive to my new computer?

Q: Can I move my old computer's hard drive to my new computer?

I'm still using my Windows XP Pro computer but it doesn't have a lot of space left on the hard drive. When I bought this computer it only had 6GB of space. I only have 1GB of space left on the hard drive. My old computer has 18GB left on the hard drive. I edit videos a lot and I also want to play some PC games. Could I just take out the old hard drive and hook it up in my Windows XP computer? Do you think that I should just buy an external hard drive?

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A: Can I move my old computer's hard drive to my new computer?

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I have an old Compaq Presario SR1603WM, yes, quite a dinosaur. Its 7 years old, and the hard drive isn't doing so well. What I want to do, is I managed to get a hold of a newer hard drive, with more RPMs and stuff. I wanna move to the new hard drive. My computer didn't come with a windows installation disc, but it has that hidden partition and I can make a set of recovery discs. I don't really care about the stuff that's on the hard drive right now, and honestly I'd rather do a clean install of Windows XP on the new hard drive, rather than clone this hard drive with all the junk that's on it. Is there a way to do this?

I have a broken external, USB hard drive case that I can put the new hard drive into and connect to the computer.

A:Move Windows XP from computer's old hard drive to newer one?

Just in case you want or need a recovery disk kit for that Compaq Presario SR1603WM desktop.



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I have a new hard drive which is much faster/bigger than the original. It has xp-home installed. I would like to use the new HD as the boot drive. What is the easiest way to accomplish this? Can I just "copy" the entire image to the new HD? Will I need to reactivate xp?


A:[SOLVED] move/copy xp to new hard drive, same computer

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I have an old computer with a C drive with my OS and a D drive that holds my data.

I have a new computer with a C drive with my OS on it. No data yet.

Can I just take the D drive out of the old desktop, fit it in the new and that's it?

Is it really that simple?

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A friend has given me a custom-built gaming computer, and I want to put my current computer's hard drives into it. I'll give you some basic terminology to work with, which you should use in your answer for clarity's sake. All of the hard drives involved are IDE.

My current computer: Computer A

Computer A's master hard drive: Hard Drive A-1

Computer A's slave hard drive: Hard Drive A-2

New computer: Computer B

Computer B's master, and only, hard drive: Hard Drive B-1
So what I want to do is take Hard Drives A-1 and A-2 out of Computer A and put them in Computer B, installing them as slaves with Hard Drive B-1 as the master. Hard Drive B-1 has an OS already: Windows XP Home Edition. Hard Drive A-1, naturally, also has an OS: Windows XP Home Edition, again.

Can I just put A-1 and A-2 in, or is there something I should do first? Any complications or conflicts that could arise?

A:Solved: Need to move hard drives to a new computer.

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Hi, the computer I'm currently using is probably 5 years old so of course does not support SATA devices.

The setup is as follows:

MASTER 40GB IDE Seagate (99% full)
SLAVE 120GB IDE Seagate (99% full) or IDE DVD-Writer

My plan is to copy the contents of both 40GB and 120GB to a new SATA 320GB so that my setup will be like this:

MASTER 120GB IDE Seagate (30GB partition for Windows files)
SLAVE 40GB IDE Seagate or IDE DVD-Writer

Then I'll buy a new computer in the future... I just need space right now, but can't be bothered burning DVDs. My backing up of files onto SATA will be one-time use only.

Question 1: From what I understand, I'll need an IDE-to-SATA adaptor or PCI card to be able to use my SATA hard drive on my non-SATA motherboard?

Adaptor: You plug one end of the plug into an IDE slot on the motherboard and the other end to the SATA hard drive? Easy as that?

PCI Card: Works similar to above, just put it into PCI slot?

Question 2: I'm going to get a new AMD dual core CPU + decent ASUS motherboard. How feasible is it to use my 120GB (30GB Windows partition) IDE Seagate HDD as the master boot drive, and the 320GB SATA Seagate HDD as the "slave"?


A:IDE Hard Drives, Old Computer, Use SATA Hard Drive, Then New Computer

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I dropped my laptop and the screen broke (at least that is the obvious damage). I was quoted about $800 to repair and replace it.

I don't want to buy a new different one right now for several reasons. Is it possible to just buy an identical used computer and switch hard drives (assuming the used one is in working order)?

I have a Gateway Solo 5300 with Win98SE, Office XP, and several other registered programs.


A:If I move my hard drive to a different laptop will it move everything I need?

Yeah, that will probably work! You might have to DL a driver or two but Win98 moves pretty good from computer to computer...

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We bought a newer Lenovo which has a faster engine and 2Tb of storage to replace an increasingly flaky unit.
However, although both machines run Win7 64 bit, I can't seem to get the files onto the new hard drive in workable fashion.
The backup files should be encrypted, but I can't seem to unlock them.
Surely this can't be this complicated. I've done this with older Windows systems.

A:How to move files from old computer HDD or backup drive to new compute

What kind of files? Pictures of your cat? Windows itself?

How did you do this "backup"? Using what program? Or just the mouse? Did you intentionally encrypt these files?

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My computer has been running really slow & the hard drive seems like it is always running. Some of the disk cleaning utilities do not work b/c of space issues, the drive is 228 gb & 21.1 gb is free.

I downloaded the tsskiller & malwarebytes as recommended in another thread. Both came up clean & have also run Norton, spybot,trend micro, etc. which have not come up with anything either.

This is the hijackthis log, any help would be appreciated
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 3:16:58 PM, on 3/20/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Elements 9 Organizer\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Security Suite\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
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A:Computer Hard Drive Running all the time; computer slow

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I would like to come up with a way to provide a full backup computer to my customers (offline, process control application). Currently doing this with WinXP and a hot-swap RAID-1 enclosure. If anything in computer1 dies, can quickly move the cables and the drive over to computer2, boot up and keep running. Now moving to Win7, more strict activation issues. Getting a separate windows license for each computer is not a problem, but how to either change the license key easily after the swap, or avoid activation altogether? Typical system is offline, possibly abroad and would like to make the failover as easy as possibly for customers. Currently using OEM license but open to other ideas. Have tested with Retail copy of Win7 Pro and get 3-days to activate after moving to backup computer, same as OEM. Would volume licensing help me here? Other ideas?

A:Can I move drive with Win7 easily to backup computer w/o activation?

You cannot avoid activation. If you want to avoid it, then switch to a Linux Distribution. Otherwise, you would be better off with a volume licensing and a KMS server setup to distribute keys to new PCs (you need a minimum of 50 pcs to use KMS) otherwise stick to a MAK (Multiple Activation Key) instead.

More info at: Microsoft Volume Licensing - Product Activation

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Ok so my computer is spazzing... it just keeps restarting and restarting without ever getting to the welcome screen or anything, it's so quick. I've tried all I can try with that and I'm just so over it so it was suggested to me to just start all over. However there are files on that hard drive I need!

So....... I got this thing called an external hard drive enclosure and it houses the hard drive while I attach it to my husbands computer (which has the same operating system)... HOWEVER dun dun dun... when I click on all the files it's ok... BUT! The one folder I need to access, My Documents, gets an error. "Access denied" and says it has 0 files in it. What's up??? How do I get my files!!

Operating system: Windows XP
Coming from an HP DV1000 going into a similar laptop, got the IDE enclosure with 2.0 usb connection........

A:How to get my files off the hard drive of a dead computer and on to another computer?

Did you have a password on your login? That would give you an access denied message.

Yet more proof of why you always make a dedicated "data" file for any of your data needs

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Not too long ago I upgraded the harddrive on my laptop and got some real helpful advice. I have another question about my laptop as well as my desktop.

One thing that I have not been able to do with my laptop since upgrading the hard drive is password protect the computer. Before the upgrade, you had to log in to use the computer - now all anyone has to do is turn it on and everything is accessible. I have tried everything I could find under user accounts. I have created an administrator account. When I log out of it, I have to log back in with a password, but when the computer is first turned on, there is no password that is required. Anyone can turn it on and get into anything. What can I do to remedy this?

Secondly, we just got DSL on our desktop computer. When we had dial up, you had to put in a password before it would "dial up" and get me on line. Now, the DSL internet is on as long as the computer is on. We are trying to have safe internet with children in the home, and have not even gotten wireless for the home desktop, but are sticking with an ethernet cable and have the computer in a very open area. But I would like the kids to be able to use the computer anytime but not be able to get on the internet unless we put the password in so that their internet usage is supervised. What can I do to password protect the internet?

A:Need to set up Password for Computer with New Hard Drive & fo DSL on another computer

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Hey, I have just put together a computer and the only thing that i kept form my last build is the hard drive. I understand that windows doesn't like to be thrown in with totally new hardware, but I would like to avoid getting a new HDD, OS and loosing all my programs most importantly things like Microsoft office.
I got windows to run on my new computer but it was slow and stuttery, which i would like not to be the case.
So is there any way for me to get my HDD to work with my new computer? any help would be endlessly appreciated.

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I have a dell dimension 8200 windows xp home edition sp3. One of my hard drives has the fbi virus. I cant boot from a usb on it but the computer can have two hard drives plugged in at once. Could i plug the dirty hard drive in and scan and remove the virus from the clean one?.

A:Scanning dirty hard drive from clean hard drive in same computer

Hello, and Welcome
Detach the drive without the FBI virus. On another computer download Kaspersky Rescue Disk. Burn the iso to a CD. On a Windows 7 computer simply right click the iso and select Burn Disk Image. Connect the computer with the FBI virus via a Ethernet cable so Kaspersky can update it's definitions. Boot the disk and then open the terminal and type windowsunlocker (all lower case) shown in this guide. Then run the antivirus on the Kaspersky disk

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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.

A:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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A friend brought me her computer. It is a Sony Vasio Laptop model: PCG-5K1L. It has a Hitachi 250GB 5400RPM SATA HDD that has failed do to physical damage (she dropped it). Is it possible to move all the data, including the Vista Home Premium OS from the old HDD to a new HDD so she doesn't have to buy a new OS?

She's had the computer for awhile and doesn't have any restore or repair disks. I happen to have a Vista repair disk (from an old laptop). Am I able to install the repair disk on the new HDD and then use the product key on the underside of her computer to install Vista?

Thanks for your help. If this topic has been covered successfully in this forum in the past, just link me to it. I tried looking but am not exactly sure how to phrase the search question. I've looked, but not satisfied with what I have been finding.


A:How do I take Vista off my old failing hard drive and move it to a new hard drive?

In spite of the physical damage you can still read the hard drive? Try cloning the drive or imaging the needed partitions. I use Macrium Reflect Free. Easeus Todo Backup is another free one, and there are lots more.

Am I able to install the repair disk on the new HDD and then use the product key on the underside of her computer to install Vista?Click to expand...

Only if the "repair disk" is a Vista installation DVD. Repair disks just include the Recovery Console programs (I probably don't have the correct term there) to fix issues with booting and startup, etc.

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I am replacing my mobo, os (win7 pro 64bit), adding ram and a ssd. I want to put all of the programs on the ssd with the os.
How do I move all of Outlook with emails and the folders to the new ssd? I am hoping that all of the emails and folders and contacts will remain intact.
I should clarify that I will still be using the old HD for storage on the same computer.

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Hey guys,

I have a HP Touchsmart IQ500. Turning my computer PC on today, all I got was a blue HP invent screen with setup, boot menu, system recovery, and system diagnosis, and I could not get past it.

I entered the BIOS and figured out that the hard drive was listed as "not installed." Pretty sure that is the main problem.

I tried a system restore (with the Windows 7 install disc), but I guess the computer couldn't read the hard drive enough to enter safe mode (I tried restarting and F8ing several times).

I put in an external hard drive, and the BIOS read it; however, windows does not allow you to partition an OS on a hard drive.

I am all out of ideas; I'm currently taking apart the computer (touchsmarts are hard to pry open), but I have no clue about computers so I'm hoping one of you guys can help.

Thanks in advance!

A:Computer Not Booting Hard Drive/Unresponsive Hard Drive

It should be under warranty...probably too late but taking it apart will most likely void the warranty.....sounds like a dead hard drive/loose cable

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Hi guys, computer's running a lil bit slow and wont allow me to install my new mobile phone software as c drive memory is full, i've tried my best to move things to the d drive hard disk but its still really full...

is there any safe way of transferring most of the programs and files over to the second hard drive?

many thanks,

A:Solved: how do i move files from c drive to d drive (both hard drives)

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I just bought a new Compaq computer because my old one finally died (power supply). New PC works like a charm. So, I had 2 HDDs in my old PC, one with OS, one with music, pics, movies, etc. I wanted to put the second HDD into my new PC. I did so, set it as slave and rebooted. It showed in BIOS, shows up in disk management without drive letter, but won't show up in My Computer. Also, it wont let me change or add drive letter in disk management. I just want to get my stuff off this old drive. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Move HDD from old computer to new, doesnt show up in My Computer

In disk management, do you get any options to activate the disk?

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I want to move my old is win 8.1 to a newer computer. I want to move the whole hard drive with the OS and the software included. The problem that I find is that when I start the computer it shows me the BIOS and after that a black screen with a cursor. I cannot access to the safe mode in order to check what happens. And I've tried F8, an external recovery drive and a software to tell the OS that it should start in safe mode. It always show me black screen with cursor.The newer computer is good enough to to run win 8.1. Any clue??

A:Move hard drive

Your Windows 8.1 license is tied to the PC it was delivered in.  That was part of the license agreement.  You will need to purchase a license key and perform a clean install to the hard disk on the new PC. What is the brand and model of newer computer?

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I need to move EVERYTHING on this hard drive to a new one. Operating System, programs, everything. I need to do this real soon because my hard drive is almost dead. I keep getting all sorts of CHKDSK errors at start-up and files icons being changed and file names being changed to funky looking symbols and characters. This hard drive is from 2001 so it should have been about dead by now. I've done research already and these are the symptoms. I have rid my computer of malware, adware, viruses etc. etc. so now I only have one option left (if its even an option at all.) Can this be done?

A:Need to move EVERYTHING to a new hard drive!!!

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Hello All,

I would appreciate for any help on the following:
I have two computers one with PATA drive and the other with SATA.
And I would like to add the older one to my new one and also take advantage of using some software which were installed on PATA drive.
I know my new computer can take one more hard drive.

Would that be possible and what I need to do?

Thanks again!

A:Move a hard drive from one PC to another

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Hi all i am running a dual boot setup i have XP on one HD and 7 on the other, it seems that the MBR is installed on the HD which has XP installed on it as i found out when i unplugged it 7 would not boot up!! I am looking to remove the HD with XP as I dont use it, can i move the MBR to the HD with 7 on?

hope you can help


A:Can I move MBR to different hard drive?

Yes, first mark Win7 active in XP Disk Management, or using free Partition Wizard bootable CD.

Next unplug XP HD, boot into Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Win7.

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I am new to this site and I am not sure if my question needs to be in the hardware or software post.
I recently had my primary hard drive quite in my xp pc. It would not boot. It was running fine, and then I turned it off for a thunder storm. The pc did not want to boot again. I was getting a boot.ini error. After trying to get it to boot with no luck I decided to buy a new pc. I bought an e machine. I have a friend that has had good luck with his.
I took the slave hard drive (160g seagate) out of my old pc and put in an external case that is usb to the new pc. The new pc is a T6524 with xp media center edition. The pc sees the hard drive but it will not let me access it. The pc asks if I want to format it. Then I slaved it like in the old pc on the same IDE cable as the primary and have not changed the jumper setting.
When I look in the computer manager it shows the hard drive but it is not the correct capacity and it has no file system.
Is this a compatiblity problem or a xp problem? I would like to get the data off of this drive. Does anyone have any suggestions?


A:Help! Hard drive move

does it show as D drive E drive if so try right click and click on explore
also while right clicked go to security and take ownership/possession of drive.you do not need format to change file system to or from ntfs or fat32
while usb the usb software may have changed it to ext2

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I am trying to access files on a hard drive from a different computer which will no longer load the OS. I have connected the hard drive using a usb adapter. When I plug it in, I get a notice that the device is ready to use, but it does not show up in Computer.

It is visible in the disk manager. There is no drive letter assigned and the options to do so are grayed out. Most of the options in device manager are grayed out, except for 'delete volume' and 'help'.

A:hard drive w/ usb adapter- drive shows in disk manager, not computer

Welcome to the forum,

Can you post a maximized screenshot of your full disk management window.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Hey guys, I've been having a very serious problem lately. I'm in the middle of working, and suddenly, my hard drive goes" click, clock....click clock, click clock. Then my mouse freezes and I have to flip the switch on my computer to turn it off. Then, when I reboot, it says "no drive found", so I wait like 3 minutes, then boot again, and all is fine about another hour. Then the same thing happens..... click clock...freeze.

Now, there are a few factors to consider. My computer did this one time in 2004 (when I left it on for 3 days straight of Maya rendering) and hasn't done it again til about a month ago. Recent things that I have done since it happened was:

1.) Increase my page file size to 3.5GB (and add the "/3GB" line to my boot.ini) (also note, my page file is on my Slave hard drive on it's own 5GB partition at the beginning of the drive. It's split up a bit (cuz of the MFT). Prior, I had my page file set to 1.5GB (and it wasn't split at all) on it's own partition on my slave. No problems.

2.) I arranged my physical arrangment in my case of drives, my Master was on top and Slave just below it. Mind you, I have 11 fans in my case, two on the rear, two on the side, two in front (blowing direct over the HDDs) one on top, two on the PSU, one on both the CPU and GPU, so my PC is well cooled. It's also very much OUT IN THE OPEN under my large desk, so nothing is blocking airflow (except maybe the desk about 5... Read more

A:Hard Drive Clicking then freezing computer. overheating? Too much load? Bad drive?

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i can't get my puter to read the data on an external hard drive. wants me to format it even though it recognizes the drive letter i gave it when i did format it. don't want to lose the 100+ gigs of data i have on this drive.

A:my computer recognizes the drive letter but not the data on external hard drive

Does the external drive work on another machine?

Also, while the drive is still connected, can you go into Device Manager (right-click My Computer, click on 'Manage...', click on 'Device Manager') to check for any yellow exclamation marks or red crosses next to anything in there?

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Dell Dimension 8400 (about 3-4 years old). Stock SATA 160gb hard drive crashed (got the blue screen, all the codes, etc.) Took it to a computer place, they also said the HD crashed. I have bought a replacement 250gb SATA HD - attached the two inputs to the back (one thin and ling, one thin and short) and all I get on boot up is a couple of chirps and the screen says "Drive 1 (and 2 and 3) Not Found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" and repeats for drives two and three. The drive is warm, it's being accessed (it's humming), but I've also tried a third 160gb drive, same thing. I even replaced the original drive back in and the same thing - not even the blue screen and error codes any more.

Went to F2 set up, set to auto detect, all (SATA) drives sets to 'on.'

I'm computer literate, but not a techy or anything.

Totally lost now. Please help.

emsguy4you at aol dot com

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I had an 80GB Seagate IDE hard drive in my Dell Dimension 2400 that was clearly dying. I have been using a boot CD to connect to the Internet for days now. I have replaced the old hard drive with an unused 250GB WD IDE drive and with difficulty gotten the computer to recognize it. I intended to boot to flash drive and use the boot CD to execute the transfer of an image of the old Seagate drive from its location on my external hard drive to the new internal hard drive. But the computer will only boot to flash drive when the new internal hard drive is removed. When the drive is in and I click Enter on "6. USB Flash Drive", I get the ""Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" message over and over.

When I take the hard drive out, I can boot into flash drive again. I have A05 BIOS, and it appears to me from the Dell website that is as far as I can go.

How can I start booting into flash drive with my new hard drive in place, just as I did with my old hard drive in place?

Computer: Dell Dimension 2400 Desktop
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2657 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Old Drive: ST380011A, 78.1 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
New Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE (WD2500JB) 250GB 8MB... Read more

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So my original PC was an HP Compaq dx2250 with an AMD Athlon chipset running Win7 Ultimate x64. Unfortunately, a few days ago, the motherboard fried. Because I have a large amount of important programs on the PC's hard drive, I was wondering about the possibility of moving the existing hard drive into a new PC. I was able to locate a seemingly identical build, a Dell Dimension E521 with an Athlon X2 chipset running Win7 Ultimate x64. When I hooked up the hard drive from my old PC, the boot process gets to the point of "Starting Windows" with the Windows logo starting to appear. Then, blank. The computer reboots and it sends me to startup repair, which cannot repair any "errors" automatically. Is there something I'm missing?

A:Move Existing Hard Drive to New PC

Yes you need to perform clean install of Windows.

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I may be moving country soon and I don't want to bring my whole computer ( Predator G03-605) however I do not want to lose all the data on my hard drive. I wanted to know that if I were to take the hard drive out of my current Acer computer and put it into another computer would it work properly. My friend who is getting a custom built for Christmas told me that the guy needed to extract the windows key, I've look on these forums and found some pretty good stuff but nothing seems to help me understand what would happen in my situation. Any help to get the Product key, someone to confirm what would happen or how i could get the data/operating system from hard drive and use it would be greatly appreciated.  Extra Information:-My system came pre-installed with windows 8.1, i then upgraded for free to windows 10-My model has the GTX 745 and Intel i5 4660  

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Hey, I'm running XP. I was wondering how I move files from a cd onto the hard drive. When I enter a cd into my disk drive how do I transfer it so that it is now on my hard drive even when you remove the CD.


Please respond

A:Move CD files onto hard drive

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how could i move a game to another hard drive so i dont have to download it again?

the game im on about is called Aion takes hours to download.. i already have it on my laptop so was wondering if i could just move it via portable hard drive onto my computer?

i googled it and it mentions cloning it or something.. its not as simple as just moving the game folder onto hard drive

help appreciated

A:Move a game to another hard drive?

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Hello, Ive just put a second hard-drive in my pc for storage. It works fine apart from it keeps dissapearing from My Computer & I have to reboot to get it to appear in the drive list.
Also Ive tried to find it in disc management & disc management wont load & just gives me this error 'Unable to connect to logical disc manager service' and 'the dependancy service or group faled to start'

Also compmanagement keeps freezing up when I ask to look at removeable storage.

Ive looked in the event log & about an hour ago I had this log ' An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation.'

Do you think the hard drive may be faulty?

A:Hard drive dissappearing from My Computer - faulty drive?

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I reinstalled Windows 7 and everything went well. I can access the internal drive and the DVD drive through Open on Disk Management and a shortcut for the hard drive on the desktop that I created after the install but can't see the hard drive or the DVD drive in Computer or Windows Explorer.

I have an external hard drive that stopped appearing in Computer or Windows Explorer before I reinstalled. It is still accessible through Disk Management but still doesn't appear in Computer.

Thanks for any tips.

A:Can't see hard drive or DVD drive in Computer or Windows Explorer

Do you have any yellow exclamation mark symbols inside Device Manager .

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I just put in a 40Gb Hard drive into my computer as a slave drive. My computer recognizes it as a drive, but it shows that it is a removable drive. Any suggestions?

A:computer thinks new hard drive is removable drive

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I thought I had finally gotten this resolved by running Adware SE, Ewido, and Spybot Search and Destroy. However when Windows installed updates and restarted my computer it was back to the same thing. The computer keeps telling me I am running out of space on the Zip drive and prompts me to compress files to save space. But of course there is nothing in the disk drive to begin with. A disk icon for the Zip drive appears in the task bar that thinks it's the disk drive.

For a few shining moments I thought I had finally solved the problem because the disk icon disappeared and my web pages loaded as the should with a cable connection. Now my computer is running very slow again.

Does anyone know how I can permanently fix this? And what is telling the computer to use the zip drive???????????

I am attaching my hijack this file that I just ran in case it helps.

A:Confused computer. Thinks zip drive is the hard drive

Try uninstalling the InCDsrv.exe that comes with Nero and reboot and check affects.

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I'm currently fighting with a Vista HD for a customer who's O/S went bad. The customer wants to keep a copy of all his data on his external USB drive, for manual migration back to the laptop after the Factory Restore has been run.

I'm running XP Pro, and Vista seems to be more difficult than XP for folder & file copying & moving. I'm moving the data from the 2.5" laptop HD to a folder on my 1 Tbyte HD, and then plan to export the data to the USB external drive from there.

First thing I did was take ownership of the folders at the root of the HD, thinking that would be enough to then move them to my desktop. That was wrong thinking.

Then I learn that permissions are inherited, and that I need to not only own the folders, but I also have to replace the permissions on the child objects (i.e. sub-directory folders & files) with the parents (i.e. the folders I've just taken ownership of.

And it's still fighting with me.

I installed "move on boot", thinking I could just move all the data all at once on reboot, but apparantly there is a size issue here, as the customers 150 Gbyte of data has caused Move On Boot to hang and do nothing until I cancelled it.

I assume there is a generally-accepted "best" software for doing this. Please note I do not want any kind of imaging software, or any other software that does not do just a simple direct file-for-file and folder-for-folder copy. I need the folders & files to be given t... Read more

A:Best Hard Drive Copy/Move Software ?

I have had good experience with a file copy utility called teracopy (http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php). It is is capable of copying large files over connections that are prone to disconnects by automatically resuming disconnected copies and so on.

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Im fixing a pc with a hidden recovery partition and it seems the fault is the hard drive. I have made a recovery disc using the manufacturers software so if i replace the hard drive and install from the disc can i transfer the recovery partition using something like ghost?


A:Can i move recovery partition to a new hard drive?

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I've decided that having 4GB of memory and not being able to use it all in Vista 32-bit is not good enough for me. Roughly, I have the following system:

EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
2 - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB in RAID 1 configuration
EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI

So...I currently have the RAID 1 running and have just purchased a new 1TB drive to install Vista 64-bit. I have not yet purchased a second drive to mirror it to yet as I want to make sure the 64-bit experience works for me.

Well...This is about where I'm stuck. I have the two old drives in the RAID 1 configuration, but I want the operating system on the 1TB drive. Can the 1TB drive be set up in the RAID utility or do I have to shutdown the RAID to use the 1TB as a single drive? If I disable the RAID, what happens to the 500GB drives?

I'm new to the whole RAID world and I haven't touched this since I set up the computer a year and a half ago. Quite simply, I'd like to run the operating system off of the 1TB drive and keep the other 500GBs around for data storage. Eventually, I'd like to add another 1TB in the future for a mirror.

Any help (if any of this made sense!) would be appreciated!

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I keep getting data overload warnings on my SSD 128Gb (c: ) I have another seldom used 2Tb HHD that has some data on it but could easily be moved to another drive. All drives are NTFS. I'd like to move all data on (c: ) to the 2Tb HHD, making it my new booting (c: ).

Can this be done without too much trouble?

A:How to move Windows 7 64-bit (c:) to new larger hard drive?

I would take a look at the cloning features of free imaging programs. Macrium Refflect Free is one example. Make sure when you clone to a larger drive it doesn't require the Windows boot partition to be the same size as the source partition. You could probably live with a 128 GB boot partition. But searching around may side step the limitation.

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I recently tried to upgrade to a new hard drive (80GB to 200 GB), so I formatted the new drive and used Norton Ghost and simply cloned everything over. Afterwards I swapped my boot to the new drive in bios and started XP. It froze at the blue screen with the XP logo saying ?Windows is starting up?.?

Does Windows XP Prof. Ghost well? Or is there something else going on? Is there a certain procedure as to doing this sort of thing?

Thank you in advance for your help!!

A:Move to new hard drive w/XP Prof. Fails

Find out first if your board support such a large capacity (200gb). If it does then only thing i can think of is try the ghost once again, if u still get the same problem then you may have to repair the installation.

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So I decided my old Western Digital Blue hard drive is performing too slow and it is time to upgrade to a newer one. I'm thinking of getting this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284. I wanted a fast hard drive with 1tb of store space since Steam takes up at least 300gigs alone. Would this be a hard drive you'd recommend?
I read the one of the sticky topics above and it said to just clone the old hard drive to the new one. I did a fresh install of windows a month ago and don't want to do it again so I decided that cloning the hard drive would be the best. The topic mentioned using Acronis True Image to clone your hard drive. Is that still the recommended program?

Thanks in advance

A:Solved: Move windows to a new hard drive?

You can download the Western Digital Free Version of Acronis TruImage from the WD website to do the cloning.

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I have a Dell XP that must be old because I am. Anyway I ordered it with two hard drives, both 30Gig. Both are full. Who knew back six or seven years ago that 30-gigs was (were?) not enough?

I have tried to keep C:/ for programs and D:/ for files. I would like to get an external HDD and move programs onto it in order to free up space on C:/

What kinds of problems will I run into? Will the registry be able to keep up or tag along or edit itself or...? Is it even doable? Will it give me nightmares?


A:Move program files to new hard drive

There is no real simple way to do that. the only way I know of is to uninstall the programs one by one and reinstall them point at the external drive instead of the C:\ Drive. the best way to do it, in all honsty is to just buy a larger hdd (500gb are around 50.00 these days) and just do a direct drive to drive clone from your old HDD to the New one. A Program like Symmantec Ghost (it's not free but there are others out there that are) will clone everything at a bit level and automatically resize the partition to encompass all the free space.

Just Moving the Program Files directory will only serve to make the programs non-usable. Registry entries will not follow the move.

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