How To forum

Question

Old HDD to an external harddrive

by JeffB28 / June 20, 2012 4:47 PM PDT

I am replacing and old computer that had a celeron 1100 prosessor with a HP Compaq 7800 that is used and has had the operating system removed which I will replace with my XP Home OS.I recently had the hard drive in the old unit cloned from the original 20 HDD to a 250 IDE hard drive which now has 94% space remaining in it, can I install that hard drive into an external hard drive to preserve my old data? The new computer is a SATA drive.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Old HDD to an external harddrive
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Old HDD to an external harddrive
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Answer
Re: old drive to external
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 20, 2012 5:04 PM PDT

Yes, that is very well possible.

But an external isn't really suitable for "preserving" data. They fail too often. But it's nice for an extra backup and to copy data somewhere else.

Kees

Collapse -
The external has a cooling fan,will this help?
by JeffB28 / June 20, 2012 11:47 PM PDT

Since I have no prior experience with an external hard drive how does one access the old files once it is hooked up and what can I do to add to them such as "My Pictures" and my Quicken banking.

Collapse -
Re: external
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 21, 2012 6:07 AM PDT

It will get a drive letter. Then you can access it in My Computer or Windows Explorer and copy/paste or drag and drop everything you with to every place you wish. Or you can browse to it if you do some File>Import in an application program.

Kees

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?