Moving a hard drive  


  1. Posts : 5
    windows 10
       #1

    Moving a hard drive


    I have a windows 7 home (64 bit) desktop and a windows 10 pro (64 bit) ver 1903 desktop. Can I pull the 350gb storage hard drive from the windows 7 pc and install it in the windows 10 pc (both pcs are SATA) without loosing any of the files on the hard drive. Can I just move the drive over and hook it up.
    I know I might have to tell windows that I have installed another drive.
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  2. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #2

    Yeah, shouldn't be any problem.

    I'm assuming the "storage drive" has data ONLY and no Windows files at all.

    I guess your Win 7 PC has 2 separate drives. Do you know for a fact that the Win 7 PC will boot if the storage drive is removed?

    Take a look in Disk Management on the Win 10 PC after you've got the drive hooked up.
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  3. Posts : 40,859
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #3

    Storage drives can be moved PC to PC.
    Any drive that is in RAID 0 should have its acceleration turned off before moving.
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  4. Posts : 5
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    It only has files no OS on it. I am waiting on a caddy to mount it. I will let you know how it works out.
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  5. Posts : 7,724
    3-Win-7Prox64 3-Win10Prox64 3-LinuxMint20.2
       #5

    Hi,
    Should work fine.
    Just open storage places and set it up.
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  6. Posts : 7,768
    windows 10
       #6

    What will happen is you probably won't have any rights on the folders as they will be owned by 7 admin you will have to take ownership of folders
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  7. Posts : 5
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Will it's on me, turns out my old drive is a scsi. I just ordered a 1 tb sata and will move files over with a 16gb thumb drive. It will not take that long. Thank you all for your help.
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  8. Posts : 13,181
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #8

    SCSI is a really old technology but do be careful, some SATA drives or motherboards can identify as SCSI but it has been awhile since I've run into that.
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