Windows 10: transfer hard drive

  1.    07 Feb 2016 #1

    transfer hard drive


    My old computer was a windows 8 that was upgraded to windows 10. I just ordered a new i5 6600 which comes with windows 10, a 250G SSD and 1 TB hard drive.. My old hard drive appears to be a Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA which seems to be the same as the one in my new Vanquish. My old hard drive is 2/3 full and is backed up often. My question is can I move this old hard drive to my new computer as a separate drive without formatting it and use the data on it (or transfer my data) or does it need to be formatted (thus giving me roughly 2 TB of space with the 1 TB provided with the computer). It was my C: drive in the old computer.
    Last edited by bha19; 07 Feb 2016 at 14:40.
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  2.    07 Feb 2016 #2

    You can install it as the third hard drive in the new computer. Then I would use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to delete all the extra system reserved and recovery partitions on it and expand the partition containing your data into the free space.
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  3.    07 Feb 2016 #3

    Since it has an active OS on it, just deactivate it so that you do not get boot problems.

    How to deactivate an active partition?


    How To: Mark Partition As Inactive | TommyNation.com
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  4.    07 Feb 2016 #4

    After I do all this will my data/programs be usable?
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  5.    07 Feb 2016 #5

    Regarding the 3d drive - the data will be OK but the programs you don't want to use anyhow.
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  6.    07 Feb 2016 #6

    bha19 said: View Post
    After I do all this will my data/programs be usable?
    The only programs that will be usable are those that are "standalone" or "portable". Most are not. Your data will be intact, but you will have to provide administrator privileges to get into the users folders on the old hard drive.
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  7.    07 Feb 2016 #7

    Thanks for all the quick replies!
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  8.    07 Feb 2016 #8

    Use Acronis True Image. I used it to copy files from a broken hard drive to an ssd on my old win7 laptop. It works a dream and is super fast as well. The best out of all of them.
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  9.    07 Feb 2016 #9

    Josbeph said: View Post
    Use Acronis True Image. I used it to copy files from a broken hard drive to an ssd on my old win7 laptop. It works a dream and is super fast as well. The best out of all of them.
    It is nice to be enthusiastic, but what you are saying is not true - e.g. the speed. Macrium is a faster than Acronis. Not that it matters but we should stay with the facts. And I think few people that know both programs would agree with your view.
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