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old hard drive - new computer

By canehdian_J ·
alright i already found a post on here that had a similar question but mine is slightly different.

right now i have a 40Gb slave hard drive in my old computer. no windows installed on it, excetera. just file storage. photos music and alike.

can i just throw it in my new computer as a slave? ive got a new sata320gb hd to be the master so are there any special things i have to do to use this one as the slave? and continue file storage with it?

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Depends on connectors

by bsmith523 In reply to old hard drive - new com ...

Your new HDD is a SATA type so it has the smaller SATA connectors. If your old HDD is also a SATA type then yes you can just connect it and it should work fine. If it is the old PATA type with the large flat connector you need to make sure your motherboard has these older connector types. If your MB has these connectors you're in good shape else you will need to go get an PATA IDD controller card and put it into a PCI slot. Most likely if you have a CD/DVD drive you will have the PATA connector for it. If your old HDD is the only PATA drive, you will need to set the jumpers to make it the master drive. If you have a CD/DVD drive on the PATA connector, it is common to make the HDD the master and the CD/DVD as the slave. If you have 2 PATA connectors on the MB, I recommend connecting the HDD and the CD/DVD separately to each connector and make both as master.

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mmm well

by canehdian_J In reply to Depends on connectors

my "old" hard drive is like 6 months old. so it probably has sata

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Not Necessarily

by rkuhn In reply to mmm well

I'm still buying PATA drives, also called ATA/133 drives. My motherboard won't support SATA drives.

Look on the drive and it should say. If it's a 40 GB drive, I'd say it's probably the older PATA.

Otherwise, the bsmith gave you a good answer.

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Look on the drive

by bsmith523 In reply to mmm well

If the connector only has a few pins it is a SATA, if it has a bunch of pins it is a PATA. It is also possible that is could be a SCSI type drive which is completely different. The easiest way is to look inside your computer and see have connectors you have. If you've got something on the motherboard that matches the drive just look on the MB and it should say what type of connector it is.

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and cables

by sgt_shultz In reply to Depends on connectors

if you don't have ide cables installed already then look for cable select ones or make sure your jumpering is correct. i think it should work fine as long is it is not formatted fat16 or whatever

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alright

by canehdian_J In reply to and cables

so its not sata compatable. any way to transfer the data from my old comp to my new comp? usb cable or somthing?

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Yes.

by bsmith523 In reply to alright

The easy way would be to get a 3.5" HDD enclosure. You put the old dive into this and it will connect to the USB port. You could also get the cables without the enclosure. It does the same thing but without the box to hold the drive. If your old computer is still workable you can create a netwrok between the 2 computers using a crossover cable. You could also get a special USB cable that can network 2 computers through the USB port. You should be able to find either of these cables at your local computer store.

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This depends on several things

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to old hard drive - new com ...

Including the M'Board Chip Set. If this is an IDE Drive and the Chip Set sets every IDE Drive to the Default drive yes you will be able to install it and use it but you will be unable to boot Windows as the IDE drive being the default drive will lack the files that tell the computer where to find the Windows load files.

As others have said the drive can be either a SATA or IDE/PATA and depending on the chip set of the M'Board there could be problems. If you are unable to tell us what the 40 GIG Drive actually is it's anyones best guess as to what will happen. However if you have a SATA Drive it's perfectly safe to install and use but you'll need the power connectors and a data lead. The Data lead you can just take from the other computer but Power Connectors can be a different kettle of fish depending on the power supply that you have you may need to buy an adaptor.

If you have a IDE/PATA drive it would be better to mount in into a USB Caddy and use it from there as that way there will be no possible problems with the Boot Order and you will not have any problems getting the computer to boot. However if you do use it inside the computer you may be forced to perform a In Place Install to get the unit working again the directions are here for this

http://tinyurl.com/g4bv8

And while it will keep most of your software load working it will make it necessary to reactivate the version of Windows that you have and install any Service Packs and Patches that have been released since your copy of Windows was released.

As you haven't made any mention of which version of Windows you are using if it's Vista the drive may be unreadable to that OS as well.

Col

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Shut Up Hal!

by rkuhn In reply to This depends on several t ...

Lay off the booze and just stop!

He made it perfectly clear from the begin this is a storage only drive, no Windows involved. Stop your insults on MS.

Your first paragraph is worthless.

Your third paragraph is way off base, totally wrong, and misleading. Geez, at least mention the BIOS and how he could change that boot order.

Your next paragraph is just another cheap HAL slam on MS. Get over yourself.

Your last paragraph would only make sense assuming the differences between FAT, FAT32, and NTFS but you once again fail to explain, assume alot and mislead with FUD.

Really HAL, are you that stupid, totally drunk, or really drive a garbage truck for a living and just like screwing with people here?

Your ranting and raving impresses no one.

Several people here have made great suggestions towards helping this guy. You add nothing.

So far, this guy should be listening to bsmith and completely ignoring you.

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Lets look dispassionately at your idiot rumblings shall we?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Shut Up Hal!

1 Lay off the booze and just stop!

He made it perfectly clear from the begin this is a storage only drive, no Windows involved. Stop your insults on MS.

Your first paragraph is worthless.
And what is worthless lets look see shall we?

This depends on several things
Including the M'Board Chip Set. If this is an IDE Drive and the Chip Set sets every IDE Drive to the Default drive yes you will be able to install it and use it but you will be unable to boot Windows as the IDE drive being the default drive will lack the files that tell the computer where to find the Windows load files.


Can you please explain how a Hardware Issue impacts on any form of software? As this is exactly what is happening here if there is a PATA Drive involved it's purely hardware and not at all related to the loaded copy of Windows.

2 Your third paragraph is way off base, totally wrong, and misleading. Geez, at least mention the BIOS and how he could change that boot order.

and it was what exactly?

If you have a IDE/PATA drive it would be better to mount in into a USB Caddy and use it from there as that way there will be no possible problems with the Boot Order and you will not have any problems getting the computer to boot. However if you do use it inside the computer you may be forced to perform a In Place Install to get the unit working again the directions are here for this

http://tinyurl.com/g4bv8

Do you even understand the difference between Hardware and software issues? Apparently not by your reply here.

3 Your next paragraph is just another cheap HAL slam on MS. Get over yourself.

and it was this

And while it will keep most of your software load working it will make it necessary to reactivate the version of Windows that you have and install any Service Packs and Patches that have been released since your copy of Windows was released.

Please explain what's wrong with this as after any In Place Install of any OS doesn't matter which one all patches and any other items have to be reapplied but you do tend to keep your base installed software load running. Of course you are welcome to disagree with this statement but you are also disagreeing with M$ Technical so obviously this can not be incorrect.

3 Your last paragraph would only make sense assuming the differences between FAT, FAT32, and NTFS but you once again fail to explain, assume alot and mislead with FUD.

As you haven't made any mention of which version of Windows you are using if it's Vista the drive may be unreadable to that OS as well.

And the problem is exactly what? It's a accepted FACT by M$ that Vista is sometimes unable to read NTFS Partitions that it has not created. Again straight from M$ Technical Support so are you calling M$ liars as well?

Everything above is perfectly correct and you are the fool for not knowing any better.

You have better stop smoking the M$ Marketing hype and look at real life as you are completely out of control and have lost the plot so much that you are not even aware of what is happening in real life.

Tis better to shut up and allow people to think that you have some brains than to open your stupid mouth and prove beyond any doubt that you are an Idiot!

Col

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