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Thread: Switching hard drives.




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    Default Switching hard drives.

    Is it possible to switch the hardrive from one computer and put it on another and still keep all the same files? Both computers are relatively up-to-date except for one of them isn't turning on properly.

    Just want to know if I sohuld do this, it's pretty urgent and only for temporary.


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    Default Re: Switching hard drives.

    As long as you aren't using the built-in NTFS encryption feature which let's only a certain user access certain files, it will work fine.

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    Default Re: Switching hard drives.

    Why don't you set the hard drive as a SLAVE before installing it in the 2nd unit. You will still be able to access the info on drive, however most of(99.9%) the installed programs will not run without being linked to an operating system.
    Remember,.....if it's got tires **** or transistors,....you will have problems with it!

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    Default Re: Switching hard drives.

    Quote Originally Posted by HomeSupport
    You will still be able to access the info on drive, however most of(99.9%) the installed programs will not run without being linked to an operating system.
    On the contrary, most programs will still run fine. I'd estimate 60-70% of programs will run perfectly or with minor/resolvable issues without their respective registry keys. That said, not as many will run if they're also in a directory other than the one to which they were assigned (which includes drive letter).

    Also, please check post dates. Replyng to threads that are over a month old isn't really helpful.

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