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How do I move the C: HD from my old computer to a new one

I have a 1TB HD that is the C: drive on my old computer. I would like to move it to a new computer as a 2nd drive. I want to keep all the data on the drive, not reformat. I'm not sure how to hook it up. I assume I set the jumper on the drive as a slave. How do I configure it with a different drive letter? Also then how do I change the 2nd HD on the old computer, which contains an image of the operating system, to be the new C: boot drive. Can someone help me.
Would appreciate it.

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Very few drives have jumpers.

Usually you move the drive into a spare bay, hook up a power and data cable and it's done.

The drive letter is assigned as Windows boot and there are tutorials to change but you can NEVER change it to C. The OS is incorrect for your new machine.

Recap. Install, easy. Use it as drive C, nope.

Post was last edited on February 12, 2017 7:10 PM PST

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first of all

you would not legally be allowed to use the old operating system so it would be best to remove it and free up space. there are several ways to use the drive in another computer, you can get an external usb case and run it from the usb port or if there is a slot available you can insert it into the slot and plug the proper cables to it.

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forgot to mention

it would be from a different computer, different motherboard, different drivers. the os would most likely not boot anyway.

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recreate HD on my old computer

I have a 2nd question: The remaining HD on the old computer was the original HD (CHappy. When the new HD was installed the image of the old drive was copied and the new drive named C: and the old drive renamed G. I assume the operating system still exists on that drive. Can I change it back or will it become C: when I reboot the computer with that as the only HD? Thanks

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"C"

If the OS remains intact on the old hdd then connect it to sata 0 on the mobo and try to boot.

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Hdd move

Install the old hdd in the new machine.
Copy 'your stuff', pics/docs/music etc from the old hdd to the new hdd.
Programs and the OS won't move.
Once your satisfied you have everything copied over delete all the partitions on the old hdd.
Partition the old hdd to your liking and format it.
You should now have an extra 1TB of storage space.

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