Can I use an old hard drive in a new pc?

By Shockscrew ·
I’m upgrading to a new computer, but I still want to use my secondary hard drive from my current one. I know this might be a bit of a stupid question, but I just wanted to know. I have 2 drives in my current PC. One m.2 SSD that has my windows installation on it, and a 2tb hard disk drive for extra storage. Will I be able to use my hdd in my new computer, and will I still be able to use the files on it, or will I have to reinstall everything? My I already know I’m going to wipe my m.2 ssd clean before, so I can still have my fast boot times, so there is no need for advice about that, just my hard disk drive. Thank you for the help in advance!
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Provided it is the same type of HDD then Yes you can

by OH Smeg In reply to Can I use an old hard dri ...

What gets more difictult is shoehorning a Desktop HD into a NB that is not possible and if you are attempting to insert a IDE Drive into new hardware that only has connections for SATA Drives then you'll need a Plug In IDE Controlled Card which makes things more tricky.

However if you want to use a old SSD in a new computer you can and you can even get adaptor plates to fit a 2.5 inch Drive into a 3.5 inch desktop.

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Yes you can, If compatible

by RushPCB In reply to Can I use an old hard dri ...

Other option is, you can use a USB hard drive enclosure, which is a special “box”-like device that you slide the old drive into. You can also use a USB hard drive adapter, which is a cable-like device, connecting to the hard drive on one end and to a USB in the new computer on the other.

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