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Hard drive verification

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by eaglefrq, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. eaglefrq

    eaglefrq NRA Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    The Twilight Zone
    I want to verify that if you take a HD out of one computer that is running XP and plug it into another computer running XP it should recognize the new HD. So you will have a C and D drive.

    There is no need to reformat or anything correct?
  2. Detectorist


    Jul 16, 2008
    In general, yes. it will get assigned the next available drive letter. Some drives have an extra partition for recovery, so it might get assigned F or something.

  3. eaglefrq

    eaglefrq NRA Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    The Twilight Zone
    That's what I was thinking. Any data on the "new" HD will still be available?
  4. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

    Dec 28, 2000
    Unless there is damage to the filesystem or it's encrypted.
  5. Linux3


    Dec 31, 2008
    Data yes.
    Applications, no.
  6. are the drives SATA or IDE? Do they have a bunch of pins & a wide ribbon connector cable, or two small, neat-looking plugs in the back?

    If it's SATA, then just plug & play, if it's IDE, it's a little more involved of a process.
  7. eaglefrq

    eaglefrq NRA Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    The Twilight Zone
    I couldn't tell you, it's my parents. My mom's PC died, but the HD is fine. They want to take the HD out and put it in my dad's PC. As long as the ribbon strip connects, then the computer should recognize the new HD.

    Their main concern would be losing any data on the existing HD or the new HD. I told them as long as it connects then it should read the new HD and assign it the next letter drive available and any data (pictures, word files, etc...) on there should be able to be recovered.
  8. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

    Aug 14, 2003
    Western, NY
    Perfect opportunity to get an external case for the old drive and after data is pulled off you have backup storage. Win win

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