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    Comp died, adding old HD to new system

    My Emachines Motherboard just died & I am off to buy a new computer.

    Can the old Hdrive be added as a slave to the new system & just use the old data as usual ?

    Am hoping the HD coming in the new system will handle all the OS, drivers etc
    & we can just add new desktop links to the old drive programs & be just like the old system.

    Will this also work if new system is vista & old one was XP ?

    Thanks

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    Your data files would be fine but none of the programs would work from the old drive. You will have to install the programs on the new system (Vista). Good luck with compatibility.

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    it depends on what kind of drive you are talking about. if your emachine had an ide drive, you probably won't have enough connectors in your new system since they use SATA drives and usually have only 1 IDE connector.

    i think you're better off getting a USB enclosure and making your old drive an external.

    the new system can be vista or xp. the data doesn't care.

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    The old drive is an IDE

    If the new comp has 1 IDE port will it be used already ?

    I was thinking using an IDE-sata adapter. Is there problems with these ?

    Are the programs not going to run from the old drive ?

    Current plan is to get a similar vintage ( 3ghz ) used or refurbished system with XP.
    - hopefully less OS issues, etc.
    -so drive slots may be the same, plan B was thinking IDE-Sata adapter


    Is wifes web comp , so no need for hi performace, & I am low in computer tech skills !

    Thanks for the info

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    you could have 1 ide drive and 1 dvd burner, but do you really want to keep it like that forever? I prefer to have 2 optical drives. that is unless you get SATA optical drives.

    the programs on the old drive probably won't run since the new drive wont have the proper registry information. also, your old programs may not run on vista in the first place.

    if you don't already have a usb ext drive for backup, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to make one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutbot
    ... If the new comp has 1 IDE port will it be used already ?

    I was thinking using an IDE-sata adapter. Is there problems with these ?

    Are the programs not going to run from the old drive ?

    ... system with XP.
    - hopefully less OS issues, etc...
    Unable to answer without specifications of system in question.

    Unlikely to be cost effective for decent brands.

    As already pointed out by Leoslocks, no.

    Agreed.

    Additional notes,
    Check pricing of a complete new budget system versus refurbished/used system.
    Bear in mind that the typical rated lifespan of desktop components is only a few years.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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    Once you connect the hard drive to the new machine, you'll probably get access denied errors because the user on the new PC doesn't have access.

    To get around that, you'll need to take ownership of the files -- see KB308421 for instructions. That article documents XP, but the procedure is pretty much the same for Vista except with a UAC prompt in there.
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