Keeping old HD around...

By cypherbutterfly ยท 5 replies
Jan 30, 2006
  1. Hello people.

    Am new. :D

    I'm in the process of getting a new computer (finally!) and I'd like to integrate a few bits of my old PC into it. (Really just the RAM and HD)

    Now, I have a 117GB HD in my current system and I'd really like to keep it around for storage/backup. It's also got a ton of videos/music/etc in it. It's been suggested I turn it into a nonbootable datadrive, though at the risk of sounding stupid I'm not completely sure how to go about that.

    I'd love some suggestions/tips from you all on the best course of action and how best to go about implimenting the solution.

    (I did check google/other forums before asking :) )
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    what is the drive used for now??
    if it was a main drive with OS on it,all you need to do is reformat if there is nothing on it you want to save.???
    If it is already used just as storage leave it alone/????
  3. cypherbutterfly

    cypherbutterfly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Now it is the main drive in my old computer. I want to carry it over to the new one (keeping all files intact).
  4. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    well you can either delete the OS on the old drive or just set it last in the boot order in bios so it will only boot if all other drives fail.
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    on boot of new system do not let chkdsk run if it comes up
    put drive on 2nd ide cable if ide
    make it jumpered as slave drive
    after you are in and can access drive just delete want you don't want
    remember all programs on this drive will not be seen by new system and will not run
    this is only good now for imgs mpg's data files
    but you can now run new installs and from here to
    make sure you bak up and save all install exe's, msi's
  6. cypherbutterfly

    cypherbutterfly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you very much :)
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