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Swaping hard drive from a broken Computer

by dtgiese23 / January 4, 2013 11:21 AM PST

My mother in law and I have the same computer. (dell inspiron 1525). She broke her monitor. Can I put her hard drive in my computer to retrieve data? Her hard drive is 120Gb while mine is 250, does that matter? If I swap them will I have any issues when I put my hard drive back in?

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Might be fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2013 12:35 PM PST

I swap drives a lot so I would just try it.

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There are a couple of things you can do.
by orlbuckeye / January 7, 2013 10:36 PM PST

First - If the system has a second drive bay you can just connect it in that bay and when you boot you will see the drive in Windows explorer.

Second - If you dont have a second bay you can get a disk enclosure for 25.00 or less and connect the drive to a USB port.

Either of these ways you can drag and drop the file to the new location very easily.

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