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Hard drive swap

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by t1zzee, Nov 5, 2007.

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  1. t1zzee

    t1zzee Thread Starter

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    Hi. I have a little bit older Gateway PC running windows XP Pro. A friend of mine just gave me a Dell tower (without a hard drive). It's used but it's better than the one I've got. My question is can I simply remove my hard drive from the gateway and swap it into the dell without having to back up and reformat? Or, I also have another hard drive that I could put into the Dell and do a fresh install on. In that case could I put in the hard drive from the gateway into the Dell as a slave without having to backup and reinstall. And can you also tell me the steps to adding a second hard drive please.
     
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    Possible but not recommended. Start over with the new HD and OS install.

    Yes and you will have access to all your DATA, but programs will not work.

    http://askbobrankin.com/add_a_second_hard_drive.html

    Do note with most Dells set your HDs to CS (cable select) if Master/Slave does not work.
     
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