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Advice on Transferring Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by apoohneicie, Mar 18, 2006.

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  1. apoohneicie

    apoohneicie Thread Starter

    Mar 18, 2006
    :confused: I am upgrading to a Dell Dimension 8400 with a much faster processor. My problem is my old computer has 2 extra hard drives I have partitioned. Both machines are running XP. Will I be able to remove my extra hard drives from the old gateway and install them into the dell without reformatting them? I have a ton of stuff on them and it would be a serious pain to have to burn them onto disc.
  2. SacsTC


    Dec 30, 2003
    System board connectors: Primary IDE drive: 40-pin connector on PCI local bus
    Serial ATA: four 7-pin connectors: Floppy drive: 34-pin connector

    Externally accessible: two 3.5-inch drive bays, and two 5.25-inch drive bays
    Internally accessible: two bays for 1-inch high hard drives

    What is left open depends upon what you ordered with the machine
    There are also 3 pci slots so you could always add an additional IDE controller if necessary.
  3. BTS '76

    BTS '76

    Dec 7, 2002
    sometimes moving hard drives can be finicky. best bet is to network both machines together through a USB connection or a crossover cable through the network card(s) and transfer any files you need that way.
  4. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge

    Apr 10, 2000
    BTS '76's suggestion will work.

    An alternative is to remove the drives from the old system, open the new system, connect the old drive into the new system one at a time and copy all the data you want.

    Then there is the possibility of simply burning all your important data from the old system to CDs.

    If you want to install the old drives to the new system permanently, that is a different thing entirely. First off, you can have only four IDE devices in a system built primarily for IDE, unless you add an add-in IDE controller. Then, depending on the controller, you can have either two or four more.

    You will have to set jumpers to master/slave, whichever is appropriate.

    I guess we need to know which it is you want to do.
  5. Spandexer


    Nov 30, 2004
    Another option:

    Take both harddrives from your old system and put them in enclosures in effect making them external harddrives. You can get the enclosures at any CompUSA or Fry's. Then you'll be able to access the data anytime you want via USB 2.0.
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