installing old hard drive contents to sata

  sputnick 10:11 31 Oct 08
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I am thinking of building a new PC and wonder if I can transfer the contents of my IDE hard drive including OS windows XP to the new sata drive.
I assume that I won`t be able to use my original DVD/CD drives.

  DieSse 11:43 31 Oct 08

"wonder if I can transfer the contents of my IDE hard drive including OS windows XP to the new sata drive."

Well - yes - sort of:-

Windows probably won't work, as it will have motherboard/etc drivers for your old system. That is "get roundable" - but:-

If your windows is an OEM version, the licence precludes you from transferring it from one system to another.

Of course, transferring your data is straightforward.

"I assume that I won`t be able to use my original DVD/CD drives."

Probably a wrong assumption - Most (all?) motherboards have one IDE channel, onto which you can attach two optical drive.

Also when setting up, you can temporarily attach you IDE hard-drive for copying "stuff" across, and importing your address books/emails/etc from.

  sputnick 09:39 02 Nov 08

To DieSse

Thanks for info,
OS is not OEM so should be fine.

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