Old Hard Drive in new PC as second Hard drive. Can it be done???????

By Long Man
Jan 30, 2005
  1. I have just bought a new PC from DELL. I have about 5 GB of photos on my old hard drive which I want to keep, can I Install my old hard drive into my new PC as a second Hard Drive?

    The hard drive in the DELL is connected via a SATA connection, my old hard drive was connected to the mother board via an IDE connection.

    Can I just connect the old drive into the free connector in the IDE interface cable in the DELL and then alter the CMOS set up?

    Cheers for any thing you can help with!
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    You sure can.

    Chances are, that old drive is already set to master, so if you can add it on its own IDE channel and its own cable, there shouldn't be anything more to it :)

    You probably won't even have to fool with the CMOS setup, since things these days are (more often than not) automatic.

    If you have to share it with another IDE device on a single cable, then you'll need to pay attention to the jumper settings. Each device on IDE needs to be set to master and slave according to how you'd like to have it setup.
  3. Long Man

    Long Man TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Many Thanks Rick. Screwdriver is in hand, wish we luck!!!
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