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How to copy old hard drive to new hard drive on new pc

by shvarner / January 4, 2012 10:28 PM PST

How to copy old hard drive to new hard drive on new pc

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Clarification Request
(NT) Do you just aim to copy the useful files over to the new PC?
by objectivegp / January 7, 2012 6:09 AM PST
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(NT) Probably but not sure
by shvarner / January 10, 2012 12:20 AM PST
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(NT) yes
by shvarner / January 10, 2012 3:38 AM PST

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Re: drive to drive copy
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 4, 2012 10:31 PM PST

Maybe the hard disk comes with a cloning program. Then use that.
Otherwise we recommend clonezilla (free, open source program, meant for cloning a disk).


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Is old HDD from an old PC?
by ShaunaMoen9 / January 6, 2012 12:09 PM PST

If the old HDD is from an old PC you have a few options:

1. (Slower transfer)
- get a SATA/IDE to USB adapter (or external enclosure) to transfer your files through a USB cable.

2. (Faster transfer)
- Turn off your computer and unplug to let the power drain out of the board.
- Open up the side panel to access your computer.
- Connect a SATA (or IDE if the drive is older) cable to one of the motherboards SATA port + connect a power connector from the power supply unit.
- Turn reconnect your computer's power cord and turn on.
- Enter the systems BIOS
- Ensure the HDD priority is set to boot the computer's NEW drive (not old drive).
- Save and exit BIOS.
- Boot into windows.
- Once windows detects the drive you will be able to copy files -- OR -- simply use the HDD as a secondary storage drive.

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That adapter for less?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2012 6:14 AM PST
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How to copy old hard drive to new hard drive on new pc
by shvarner / January 9, 2012 8:28 PM PST

Yes it is. Thanks

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by mutantscf333 / January 13, 2012 11:11 AM PST

you'll need to buy a easy transfer cable to transfer the files, Note you can not transfer programs, you can only transfer documents, pictures, videos, musics, internet favorite ,and e-mail messages. you'll have to download windows easy transfer to your old pc. I recommend you to buy the easy transfer cable at or , you can actually use a external hard dive instead of the windows easy transfer.

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