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 Moderator 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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YES You Can Do It

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

if both drives are compatible with each other

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Yes you can

by ankitsingh213506 In reply to Can I use an old hard dri ...

You can use the old hard drive in your computer. But make sure that it would be virus free, otherwise, your system will get affected by this virus & you will get the hanging problem.

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It depends, sometimes it works and other times not.

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

I would say that if you just want to use it for extra storage inside the laptop as long as the OS is on the m.2 SSD more than likely you can use it inside as a place to store data. I will not hurt to try it. Otherwise, an enclosure like this would be a great affordable to use it as an external storage device.

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can i use an old hard drive in a new pc

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

hard drive from an old computer into a newer computer Even if you do have success, if you have an operating system on the drive such as Windows, it may not work again Most operating systems, especially Windows, are not able to be transferred from computer to computer.

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Use old hard drive

by jhask564 In reply to Can I use an old hard dri ...

Yes, you can use the old hard drive by using the adapter or cable to connect it to the new PC.

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