Re: Install old hard drive as slave drive?
It is a great idea, and I have done it myself. HOWEVER - The drive that I used was strictly a data drive to begin with and had no operating system installed on it. You need to take some things into consideration:
1. Is the speed of the old drive compatable with the new system? If it is too slow, it will negate one of the big reasons for buying a new computer - faster computing. If it is over 2 or 3 years old, I would be cautious.
2. Who is going to install it? You? Do you know how to change the settings to make the old drive a slave (all single drives are 'masters'; second drives are 'slaves'). This usually involves setting DIPS or jumpers. I haven't done it for a while, (after I retired from IT, I decided to let someone else do it!) so the newer drives may have something different.
3. Are you going to leave the old drive in permanently, or do you just want to get the data off it? If this is the case, there may be a better way to transfer the data.
4. What are you going to do with the operating system that is installed on the old drive? Can it be deleted without destroying the data you have stored on it? Is it the same as your new computer? If it is, perhaps you could have the system set up to look to the 2nd drive as an alternative boot drive if there is a problem with the primary.
5. Are you hoping to avoid re-installing all of the software on the old drive? Forget it! Your new PC is probably running a new version of Windows, and all the software installed on your old computer will need to be re-installed in order to have the proper connections and settings for the new OS. Also, having software running on a different drive (other than C:\) results in its own set of problems when configuring where things go.
6. Finally - Say you decide that it is worth keeping the old drive, and you are willing to go through the hassle of deleting the OS from it, then deleting the software, leaving just the data you are trying to keep. Now you have to do a serious defrag on the drive to get everything in order AND after you install the software on your new C:\ drive, you have to go into each program and tell it where to look for the data. If you are good with this type of work, you are probably looking at a minimum of one day of work. If you run into any problems, you could easily go 2 or 3 days.
Are you sure you want to do this? Remember to export or back up ALL of the data you want to save BEFORE removing the drive from the old computer. You never know what might happen.
Hope this doesn't sound too pesimistic. Usually, when someone does this, they just put the drive in and wipe it clean. Then they have a second drive for data storage and don't have to go through all the hassle of removing each program. If that is what you really want to do, then all you would have to do is to take that backed up data you saved and put it on the clean drive.
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