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Can I move hard drives from one rig to another?

post #1 of 9
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I'm making a second rig and I want my current 2 SSDs and 1 HDD into the new one. Could I just install them into it no hassle, or do I have to do something for them to work?
 
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i5 2500k ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 6970 CF 8gb 1600 
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post #2 of 9
Depends on the hardware you're putting in for the second rig.. you may get an occassional BSOD depending on your setup. I usually play it safe and back up my data to an external drive, reformat, and then load data back on.
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Which hardware? My new rig is basically an i5-2500k, a 7970, ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 Z68 mobo, 8gb of ram, 850w PSU, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS inside a HAF 932
 
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Haswell Depends on motherboards when Haswell is out Radeon HD 7970 12gb 1866mhz 
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240GB SSDx2, 320GB HDD Corsair H110 (if it's compatible with Haswell) Dual Boot Ubuntu & Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Cooler Master Stryker 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 6970 CF 8gb 1600 
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1x Crucial 60gb SSD 1x 320gb WD 1x Plextor M3 1... Dual-Boot Windows 7 Ult x64 & Ubuntu 11.04 Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Seasonic X 650W Gold 
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240GB SSDx2, 320GB HDD Corsair H110 (if it's compatible with Haswell) Dual Boot Ubuntu & Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Cooler Master Stryker 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 6970 CF 8gb 1600 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1x Crucial 60gb SSD 1x 320gb WD 1x Plextor M3 1... Dual-Boot Windows 7 Ult x64 & Ubuntu 11.04 Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Seasonic X 650W Gold 
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There could (and most likely for sure) be some easily worked out issue with the drive that has the Windows OS on it. It will be some message that says something about reactivation, the phone activation method should solve this problem. Other than that I cannot see any problem but I am just starting to work with SSD's (I was suprised how easy the install went in Windows and even easier in Unbuntu) so perhaps something pops up that I simply have not faced yet.
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Hmm....you will get a windows reminder about the registration in 3 or 4 days, thats what happened to me when I switched from AMD to intel a few months back. If you're using different chipsets and such, you probably will either have to hunt down all the old ones and delete them, install new ones etc...but with the way stuff like that likes to hide things in the registry, youre going to be chasing gremlins I would say and thats just a pain.

I can do a complete reformat and OS install back to the same exact point I am now in between 2 and 3 hours. I just have an "essential install" folder of all the stuff that I must have in windows, I have all my keys written down, and boom. All I have to wait on then is windows to re-download the updates. That is always the best bet and as long as youre data is backed up, youve got nothing to lose. Just make sure youve got your keys handy before you delete all that stuff, I got all my ducks in a row with the different companies to find all my missing keys before I did my first one, and since then Ive done it about 6 or 8 times.

I will be doing this same thing this week when I move my storage HD and 64gb m4 onto one 256gb m4. I didn't want to make a system image of my o.s. drive because I do have dome things installed on my storage drive, and I didnt want windows to act wierd while its searching for those little file remnants on a drive that doesnt exist anymore.
post #6 of 9
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What if I reinstalled my OS when I make the new rig? Would I be able to just keep the other 2 drives without having to do anything? If not then I'm probably just going to reinstall everything after I make a list
 
The Novice
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Haswell Depends on motherboards when Haswell is out Radeon HD 7970 12gb 1866mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSCase
240GB SSDx2, 320GB HDD Corsair H110 (if it's compatible with Haswell) Dual Boot Ubuntu & Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Cooler Master Stryker 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 6970 CF 8gb 1600 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1x Crucial 60gb SSD 1x 320gb WD 1x Plextor M3 1... Dual-Boot Windows 7 Ult x64 & Ubuntu 11.04 Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Seasonic X 650W Gold 
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Corsair 650D 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSCase
240GB SSDx2, 320GB HDD Corsair H110 (if it's compatible with Haswell) Dual Boot Ubuntu & Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Cooler Master Stryker 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 6970 CF 8gb 1600 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1x Crucial 60gb SSD 1x 320gb WD 1x Plextor M3 1... Dual-Boot Windows 7 Ult x64 & Ubuntu 11.04 Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Seasonic X 650W Gold 
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Corsair 650D 
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post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by burntphoenix View Post

What if I reinstalled my OS when I make the new rig? Would I be able to just keep the other 2 drives without having to do anything? If not then I'm probably just going to reinstall everything after I make a list

Are the other 2 drives just storage? Or are they actual installed applications/games?
post #8 of 9
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One has installed games and the other is just storage
 
The Novice
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Haswell Depends on motherboards when Haswell is out Radeon HD 7970 12gb 1866mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSCase
240GB SSDx2, 320GB HDD Corsair H110 (if it's compatible with Haswell) Dual Boot Ubuntu & Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Cooler Master Stryker 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 6970 CF 8gb 1600 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1x Crucial 60gb SSD 1x 320gb WD 1x Plextor M3 1... Dual-Boot Windows 7 Ult x64 & Ubuntu 11.04 Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Seasonic X 650W Gold 
Case
Corsair 650D 
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The Novice
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Haswell Depends on motherboards when Haswell is out Radeon HD 7970 12gb 1866mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSCase
240GB SSDx2, 320GB HDD Corsair H110 (if it's compatible with Haswell) Dual Boot Ubuntu & Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Cooler Master Stryker 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 6970 CF 8gb 1600 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1x Crucial 60gb SSD 1x 320gb WD 1x Plextor M3 1... Dual-Boot Windows 7 Ult x64 & Ubuntu 11.04 Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Seasonic X 650W Gold 
Case
Corsair 650D 
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post #9 of 9
If the other is just storage than its no big deal. I have moved my samsung 1tb storage drive from system to system to system within the past 2 years. Its when you clone your OS drive, and then install applications onto another drive, and windows starts to look elsewhere for applications that you start to get issues.

Now, your applications drive will most likely have to be re-installed unless other people know of a way around that? Windows may not recognize them as installed and give you issues when you attempt to access the Exe files to use the programs. Give it a shot though it cant hurt. Worst case, you just re-install through your clean new windows install so windows can recognize where everything is now at.
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