Hard drive question

By samjohnson
Jun 7, 2007
  1. Hi everbody, this is my first time posting on tech spot.
    I have a Dell Dimension E310 that I bought back in august of 2006. I am now going to build a computor. What I am wondering is can I take my hard drive from my dell and use it on the computor that I am building? Will I lose my info that I have on my hard drive? Will my os stay on the hard drive when I move it? I am also wondering if I could use my cd/dvd drive to?

    Any help would be great!
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Yes, you will be able to reuse your hard drive. However, you will need to reformat it once you`ve installed it in the new computer. This is because the hard drive contains all the hardware/software drivers etc from the old system and simply won`t work with the new systems hardware.

    This means you`ll need to backup any important data you have, otherwise you`ll lose it, as a format will wipe the hard drive.

    You shouldn`t have any problems with using the cd/dvd drive.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 238

    Thanks for your help!
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