Need help in regards to moving data hard drive to new pc!

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david2331

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I got a new pc and want to move my 250gb drive to it. All it has is data. Will my data be erased if I have to reformat the drive?

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If you reformat the drive, then the date will be lost. If it's just data, then I presume you have another HDD used for intalling the OS? If so, then you don't need to touch your 250gb data drive, just simply place it in the new PC and plug it in :) .

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Quote by Aa-chanIf you reformat the drive, then the date will be lost. If it's just data, then I presume you have another HDD used for intalling the OS? If so, then you don't need to touch your 250gb data drive, just simply place it in the new PC and plug it in :) .


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Or, if you want to install a new OS you can move all the data to another partition like D: and then just format C:

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I for one cringe at the thought of having all that data on one drive, without any backups at all. Hard drives go bad, computers get virii, and people sometimes accidentally hit "delete". If your data is that important, get a CD burner and make backups...otherwise, sooner or later you'll be wishing you did .

That said, assuming you know what you're doing you shouldn't have any problems swapping the drive, assuming you use another drive for the OS. Just don't use any of those partition resizers...even though I've never used them and can't talk from experience, I wouldn't trust them with a 10 meter pole, :sweat:

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  • Dec 03, 2004

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Quote by NerdyPenguinI for one cringe at the thought of having all that data on one drive, without any backups at all. Hard drives go bad, computers get virii, and people sometimes accidentally hit "delete". If your data is that important, get a CD burner and make backups...otherwise, sooner or later you'll be wishing you did .
That said, assuming you know what you're doing you shouldn't have any problems swapping the drive, assuming you use another drive for the OS. Just don't use any of those partition resizers...even though I've never used them and can't talk from experience, I wouldn't trust them with a 10 meter pole, :sweat:


Thanks for the advice. :)

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Well, 250 GB of data is a lot, and a CD burner just won't cut it anymore. Shell out a few more bucks for a DVD burner.

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  • Dec 03, 2004
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If you are moving your HD to a new computer, it is best that your new computer has a similar motherboard as your old system.

With my experience, if your installing a new motherboard, chances are that your OS wont like that very much. It is always best to install a fresh copy of your OS after you install a new motherboard or you put your HD into a new computer.

However, I have not personally tried swapping regular IDE harddrives into new systems. I have swapped removable SCSI harddrives, but they are designed for that.

My suggestion is to just get another HD and ghost your information onto that new HD using Norton Ghost. Trust me buying a second harddrive is the best thing if you want complete data backup. DVD's are just too expensive in the end (especially if you want to back up a large HD). DO NOT ghost OVER YOUR OLD harddrive. Making an image of your new harddrive and putting it over your old HD means that all data will be erased with no hope of recovery.

That is my advice.

  • Dec 03, 2004
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DVDs aren't that expensive anymore. You can get good quality media for about $45 per 100 spindle. Plus, DVD burners are going down in prices too. Personally, I'd rather have 20 or so DVDs instead of about 90 CDs.

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  • Dec 03, 2004

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Quote by someweirdguyWell, 250 GB of data is a lot, and a CD burner just won't cut it anymore. Shell out a few more bucks for a DVD burner.


No prob, in my old comp I got a dvd+rw burner. I also have plenty of dvd+rw discs.

Quote by 7eight7If you are moving your HD to a new computer, it is best that your new computer has a similar motherboard as your old system.


Yeah that's another ploblem I had. The motherboard of my new pc is completey different and designed for sata drives. The connections I can use for the 250gb drive were already used up by a dvd+/-rw and a cd+/-rw.

i ended up disconnecting the cd+/-rw in order to connect the drive. What a waste of money, now the CD drive is useless for me, so I won't be able to burn copies of cds I already have.

Aa-chan was correct; after I connected the drive my data was ok. Anyways thank you all for the help. :)

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Quote by david2331
Yeah that's another ploblem I had. The motherboard of my new pc is
completey different and designed for sata drives. The connections I can
use for the 250gb drive were already used up by a dvd+/-rw and a
cd+/-rw. i ended up disconnecting the cd+/-rw in order to connect the
drive. What a waste of money, now the CD drive is useless for me, so I
won't be able to burn copies of cds I already have.
Aa-chan was correct; after I connected the drive my data was ok.
Anyways thank you all for the help. :)

well you can always get IDE controller cards for PCI if you need the extra connections
i need them for my 5 250gb UltraATA133 setup for my server

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