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Installing a WindowsXP Sata hard drive onto a new Win7 system?

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  1. Jaktai

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    Hi! I currently got a new system with Windows 7 after my old XP system died, Since I cant boot up the old system I was wondering if I could install the old C-drive from it into my new(Win 7) system if so, would I have to have a dual boot option or would it recognize it as a Hard-drive and allow me to access it through Win7?

    So in a nutshell can I take a hard-drive from a Winxp system and throw it in my new systems drive bay and without doing anything have it recognize it or will I have to go into BIOS?

    I was going to plug-n-pray but I figured I'd enlist some help from some Techies namely anyone who can answer/help me

    Thanks so much for anyone whom can help :)
     
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    It will just recognize it as a hard drive. For it to work in a dual boot setup you will have to install XP after the hard drive is installed in the computer.
     
  3. Jaktai

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    Alright Thanks, So theres no way I can get Win7 To recognize the data on it without installing XP on that drive?
     
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    WIndows 7 will recognize the data, but it will be just that a storage drive not a boot drive in a dual boot as you asked previously. Programs will not run that are installed on that drive without reinstalling them fresh as there will have to be entries made to the registry and the drive letter will not be correct for the installed programs on the XP Drive.
     
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