Use old hard drives with a new motherboard

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I have an old hard drive. I want to use it again. Can I use my old hard drives with a new motherboard?

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Answered By 10 points N/A #97205

Use old hard drives with a new motherboard

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Using your old hard drives, will not harm your new computer at all.  According to me, you need not increase your computer hard disk as 320GB is a lot.

I would recommend, you to format your Windows after renewing your computer and get another OS, other than Vista. Vista has a lot of problems, so stay away from it. If you are formatting your Windows then you will lose all your data, which is present in C drive.  So get all the necessary data out, from that drive and install it again later.

The other drive will not be affected, so you don't have to worry about that. Here is a tip for you: Don't fill your C drive as your computer starts becoming slow, as your OS is also installed in that drive.  Keep at least 30% free space in that drive and also back up all your important data, that you cannot restore later in the other drive, so that if your windows crashes, you don't lose your important data.

Hope this info helps you.

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Use old hard drives with a new motherboard

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Yes, you still can use your old hard drives on your computer, by buying a converter to change the output socket and plug to SATA connection. Then you will have two options to either use it as:

Use 1:

Make it your primary drive, that has the operating system in it. Just make sure that it fast enough to handle your operation. Not every old hard disk still has the capacity to run operating systems that are newly released on a new motherboard.

Use 2:

Use it for file storage. This is recommended to use your hard disk on a new motherboard. Also I suggest, you format your old hard disk to FAT rather than NFTS. I think that is more reliable to use,. when making it a storage.

Answered By 0 points N/A #97207

Use old hard drives with a new motherboard

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Hello,

Yes, you can use your old hard drives on your new motherboard.  You must first check your hard drive, for an IDE or SATA cables and second, check the motherboard if there is an IDE or SATA slot.  If there is, you may put your hard drive to the new motherboard but you must delete or reformat the old operating system to your current drive, because sometimes there are conflicts with the other hardware in configuring the system.

You should install the new operating system on your old hard drive, to have full access to your new motherboard and just to keep things clean, to avoid errors or problems as well.

 

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Use old hard drives with a new motherboard

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You should be able to use your old hard drive on a new motherboard provided your new motherboard has the interface necessary to communicate with the hard drive. If your hard drive is an IDE or PATA hard drive, make sure your motherboard has an IDE controller so that you can connect the hard drive to the motherboard. If your old hard drive is a SATA hard drive, then it should work with your new motherboard as SATA controllers should be standard for new motherboards these days. If your new motherboard has no IDE controllers and you have an IDE hard drive, you can make use of an IDE to SATA adapter. But this requires additional hardware and expense, therefore the best way to be cost effective is to make sure everything is compatible when buying new components and if an upgrade would be more cost effective in the long run.

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