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How can I put the old hard drive to my other pc?

I have 2 pc, the old and new. Now, I am planning to put the old pc’s hard drive to my new pc (that has its own hard drive)

The old pc is having a black screen problem that is why I am plannning to copy the old pc’s hard drive through putting it into the new pc…

Is it possible to happen?

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5 Responses to “How can I put the old hard drive to my other pc?”

  1. Patrick S said :

    Very easy.

    open the old case.
    Hard drive is a large metallic block.
    Make a note of the connected wires.
    Open up the second case and make sure there’s a free power cable inside.
    Unscrew the old hard drive.
    Disconnect it.
    Slot into a spare 3.5″ slot in new case.
    Fix wires as before.
    Remove the tiny jumper from the still visible pins of the drive.
    Turn on pc.

  2. Roharme said :
  3. Just Wondering0001 said :

    First off, just in case You don’t know rule #1, unplug everything from the wall power outlets.

    Open the old system case, and keep a phillips-head screwdriver (#2 size) handy. Make sure it’s a thin, long one – You’ll probably have to reach some deep screws inside the case.

    Locate the 4 screws either on the bottom or sides of the hard drive holding it into the frame, and remove them, disconnect the power and data cables from the drive, and do whatever it takes to lift it out of the metal frame without bunmping it around or pressing the small parts on the bottom of the drive against anything. The resistors, capacitors, and transistors can very easily be bent or damaged.

    Put the old system’s case somewhere along with any screws that were removed from it in a small plastic or Dixie cup so You can re-close the case when You’re done for it’s next owner. Get Your workspace ready for the new system’s case.

    ***** From this point on can be eliminated (it’s a major bit** to do this on some cases) by going to and ordering a simple $9.00 USB to IDE cable that comes with it’s own power supply and making this an external drive. They also have more feature-rich cables for up to $35.00 that include a media-player drive case that shows Your movies/pix and plays music through a stereo or TV set without a computer, and lots of other choices. Decide on external or internal storage before You go to the next step. *****

    Open up the case, and now You’re going to locate all the cables and make sure You have space to physically place the old hard drive into the case, and an unused end of the power and data cables. As long as it will accept the drive, and has a free power and data cable, You can continue.

    If there are no free ends of a data cable, You may have to install a secondary IDE channel cable, or at least 1 cable with a double-connector onto either the primary or secondary motherboard connectors. There will usually be at least 4 power connectors, so You shouldn’t have to worry about those.

    Next step is to look at the tag on the old drive, and find out how to set the jumpers (located near the power and data connectors on the back of the drive) to CS, which stands for “(C)ontroller (S)elect”. If at the end of this procedure, the drive doesn’t recognize, this will be the first step in a fix, reset it to SL – stands for “(SL)ave”, but it should be set to CS if at all possible.

    Once the jumpers are set, and You have long enough cables to connect the drive and screw it into the frame, You’re ready to start banging Your knuckles against some hard metal. Have fun, and make sure all screws and connectors are in tight.

    Now You’re ready to test the drive in Windows, You don’t have to close the case on most models, but some Dell and HP and other models had sensors which wouldn’t let them run with the case apart. If it’s a problem You’ll know when You try to start it from an error message, if not it will run normally.

    Now’s the time to take any data from the old drive off of it, and store it somewhere else, either backup DVDs/CDRs, or on a flashdrive, etc.. Do Your own backups however You want to, including just to a new folder on the new system’s larger drive named “Old system”.

    Once that’s done, plan how many partitions You WANT to use on the drive, I always recommend an extra one just for system restore points and the software used personally on a daily basis. Sort of a homemade recovery partition of about 4-6gigs, up to 20 with restore points saved there.

    The last step is to divide any extra space into 128gig chunks, because XP doesn’t recognize (or play well with) anything over 136gigs, and 128gigs is a safer number to use. You can then remove the existing partition(s) in control panel, administrative tools, computer management, disk management by right-clicking them. Reboot after deleting the partition(s), then re-create the new ones You want, reboot again, and format them as NTFS with a 512 allocation size.

    You’re now ready to start using the extended drive space.

    Good Luck! – & enjoy!.

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  5. Ugg Boots said :

    That’s Ok.


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