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Transfering full SATA hard drive to new computer.

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  1. nabsqueed

    nabsqueed Thread Starter

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    I recently purchased a new xp computer, and a new 1tb hard drive. I connected the hard drive to my old xp computer via a usb-SATA adapter. I partitioned and formatted the drive, then transfered all my files onto it. Now I would like to use the drive as an internal drive on my new computer. Can I partition and format the drive without loosing my files? My goal is to use the 1tb hard drive for music, videos, and pictures, and use the 80gb hard drive that the new computer came with for programs, the operating system, etc. Can this be done?
    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    Does the computer even have SATA ports? A computer so old that it comes with just an 80GB drive might not.

    If you just finished partitioning and formatting the 1TB drive, why do you need to do so again? What are you using as a backup? You should never make drive configuration changes without running a full data backup.
     
  3. nabsqueed

    nabsqueed Thread Starter

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    The old computer does have a SATA port. Are you saying that if I partition and format the 1tb drive on the old computer I won't need to do it again on the new computer? I did not remove my files from the old computer, I copied them to the new HD, so they should be safe.
    Thanks for the quick response.
     
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    Why would you partition and format exactly the same drive twice? You're just using it as a data drive. You don't re-do those operations on a data drive simply because you move it from one computer to another.

    You still need a backup. I assume you plan to add and change files at some point in the new computer.
     
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