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Hi all, so I have a question I hope some kind soul/s can advise me on it.

So, I have a 2tb WD Green Sata 300 drive - its full up with data, and was formatted as NTFS under Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I'd like to know - can I take it out [of course with the system off] and put it in another system running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit [of course with the system off] without losing any data - will Windows be able to read the drive and see all the files in it?

I've heard of people doing this successfully with IDE drives using Windows XP but I have never tried switching hard drives *with data* between machines before.

Please could someone help me understand if this would work and what pitfalls to avoid if any? Many thanks for reading, I used the "Check if already posted button, but it said no
post #2 of 8
No problem at all.
You can do that.
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Long as you don't somehow physically damage the drive while moving it, it's perfectly possible. You can use SATA drives almost the same way you can use USB drives.
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post #4 of 8
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Thank you both very much for the replies and guidance; I treat hardware like gold so that part of the equation is not a worry ; )

Rep duly added, thank you again ^^
post #5 of 8
Definately works, I have a Samsung F3 1TB I use in a external dock between my E6400, Q6600 and HP G60 laptop for the file storage


I wouldn't try to do it with a os drive unless the builds were identical mb's/gpu manufacturer
post #6 of 8
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Ah, thank you, the drive is a mere storage drive; I'll be reinstalling windows on this deck and giving it to my wife : )
post #7 of 8
Same principal as external HDs (those are IDE or Sata also in USB enclosures)
Edited by CravinR1 - 6/1/11 at 1:30pm
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Cool, well thanks to the greatness of SATA this will save an awful lot of time, thanks again : )
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