What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

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techn3rd

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!
 

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does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?
Yes
it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all
 

techn3rd

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Yes
it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all
Is it possible, then, to have my laptop boot from the external drive; or in other words, I would basically have two different "computers" in my laptop depending on which drive I boot from? and Would both hard drives have their own Windows OS registries?
 

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i dont know for sure - others may help
i suspect it would depend if the PC can boot from USB at all -and then not sure how much of the OS would work
 
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