1.    27 Mar 2016 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 64 Bit

    Installing a Windows 8.1 32 bit HDD into a Windows 10 64 bit PC


    I have recently built a new Windows 10 64 bit Pc (refer System Specs.), to replace an older Windows 8.1 32 bit machine which was limited in terms of further upgrade. This PC is fitted with a I TB hard drive.


    Although this PC performs extremely well, the SDDs installed do not offer sufficient storage capacity.
    From the outset I always intended to install the 1 TB removed from the older machine to provide this facility.
    My concern is that the HDD has the 32 bit system installed and I now require to install it into a 64 bit machine.


    Advice about how I should proceed to achieve this would be gratefully appreciated
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    27 Mar 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 1,916
    Windows 10 Pro x64 FCU - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

    The main issue you will see is that both the New drive and the transferred drive will be marked as active. I have a external drive hot swap bay that allows me to do this sort of clean after booting an OS but that's not needed for one off work

    As long as the New drive is in the priority SATA slot (drive 0) then the system should then boot from the new drive and you can sort out the old drive using Disk Management to wipe it clean and repartition / format.

    You could also use a Windows Install disk or a Partition Wizard Boot disk to clean the disk while still in the old system, before transfer

    The partition Wizard disk is my suggested option as it can also be used to sort out any issues on the New system After the transfer.

    As long as you are prepared the transfer should not cause any issues.

    .iso download is here ... Bootable Partition Manager| MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

    Full program is here .... MiniTool Partition Wizard | Best partition magic alternative for Windows PC and Server
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    27 Mar 2016 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 64 Bit
    Thread Starter

    Dear Barman58,

    Many thanks for your prompt response.
    It would appear that the problem is not as difficult ro overcome as I thought.
    I am currently using my PC on a project, but look forward to undertaking the installation of the old drive. currently awaiting delivery of additional goods ordered as one item is a Molex to 3 x SATA power connectors one of which will be used to power thew HDD.

    Will keep you posted.

    Kind regards

    Brian


    Quote Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
    The main issue you will see is that both the New drive and the transferred drive will be marked as active. I have a external drive hot swap bay that allows me to do this sort of clean after booting an OS but that's not needed for one off work

    As long as the New drive is in the priority SATA slot (drive 0) then the system should then boot from the new drive and you can sort out the old drive using Disk Management to wipe it clean and repartition / format.

    You could also use a Windows Install disk or a Partition Wizard Boot disk to clean the disk while still in the old system, before transfer

    The partition Wizard disk is my suggested option as it can also be used to sort out any issues on the New system After the transfer.

    As long as you are prepared the transfer should not cause any issues.

    .iso download is here ... Bootable Partition Manager| MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

    Full program is here .... MiniTool Partition Wizard | Best partition magic alternative for Windows PC and Server
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


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