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Old 10-08-2011, 02:21 PM   #1
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Moving XP files to 7

Yes, I'm lazy. And yes, I still run XP at home.

Short and to the point: My mom in law has a new computer with 7 but her old harddrive (which is still usable) is formatted for XP. I don't know much about installs of 7 and migrating from XP to it. Now I do have a cable that lets me plug in an internal drive like its an external (runs thru USB).

SSSooooooooo ...can I plug the old XP HD right in and transfer everything ooorrrr....I have no idea.

Help?
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:18 PM   #2
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You should be able to. As long as you already have 7 up and running, connecting in a hard drive shouldn't be an issue. Just don't transfer over the OS files as they wont serve any purpose. File extensions have changed for some programs over time, but windows 7 still recognizes them all.

Long story short, all the new files will move over and function fine
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:17 PM   #3
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Sweet! So would it work if I just plugged it into the SATA cable as an additional drive?
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:24 PM   #4
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That is correct. As long as you don't boot up from that hard drive I don't see why it would be a problem. I have 4 hard drives on my computer, 2 internal and 2 ext. I have no problems moving files around.
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:25 PM   #5
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Well, turns out the HD in question is PATA ... go figure, lol. Good lord. OLD. Won't even plug into the MoBo.

Salright. One of the best $40 I ever spent was on a cable that plugs sata and pata drives in as externals through a usb. Thanks for your help though!
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:28 PM   #6
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A PATA to SATA adapter is only like $4... If you need the info, very inexpensive route
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