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How do I move my old hard drive with windows 7 already installed to my new build.
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Unplug the drive and plug it in the new build's mobo lol
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Ok no help
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Ok no help
Ok then, I'll take this challenge...

What do you need help with exactly...give as much info as possible.

Thanks.
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I am fairly new to building my own computer. I have all the parts on order. But I have an older build and I want to just use that hard drive that already has windows 7 installed. How do I put that hard drive into my new build.
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Shouldn't you just do a normal back up of everything to a second storage device, do a fresh install on the new hardware overwriting the data, then restore everything? I am assuming new build means new mobo at least and don't believe a direct HDD swap is ever a good idea.
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I am fairly new to building my own computer. I have all the parts on order. But I have an older build and I want to just use that hard drive that already has windows 7 installed. How do I put that hard drive into my new build.
When you build the pc you mount the HD in the HD bay in the new case when it arrives. Then you hook up the sata cable to it and the power cable. Once that is done hook up the other end of the sata cable to the mobo. Then in the mobo bios you set it up to boot from that drive...though it may not even boot properly, you may need to back up your data and reinstall windows.

Also, if your windows is a OEM version you will need to purchase a new activation key.

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Shouldn't you just do a normal back up of everything, do a fresh install on the new hardware overwriting the data, then restore everything? I am assuming new build means new mobo at least and don't believe a direct HDD swap is ever a good idea.
Yes
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why isn't it a good idea. I would have bought the exact same HD. Just trying to save money by not purchasing a new hard drive and windows 7 when I wouldn't need to. But I don't know a ton about this it is why I am trying to get advice.
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