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I have this crappy eMachines at the moment. It has an IDE hard-drive and data I'd like to transfer to my new system next week.

I was wondering if I could plug in the IDE hard drive after my new SATA was installed and copy all my data from one to the other?

Would I need to change jumpers for slave and masters, and how would it look inside vista? Would I potentially wipe the data from the old drive?

All comments on how this would work are welcome.
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Well, if you run just the new sata drive then you could simply use whatever setting you are using now. Just go in the bios and make the sata your fisrt boot device.

Of course you will need Vista to be pre installed(wasn't sure if it is a pre-built or not).

Under Vista it will show it with a different drive letter but other than that you will be able to retrieve your data. You won't be able to run any programs from it more than likely though.

Hope that helps.
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It won't work because of the drivers installed on the old hd. I tried it once, and messed around for a good 2 hours before I gave up and used the files and settings transfer wizard in XP.
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No, I'm installing Vista on the new SATA HD, and I wanted to transfer some of my old data from my old IDE hard drive onto the new one and take it out when I'm done and put it back into my old computer. Better?
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SATA drives don't have master/slave configurations like IDE ones, so you'll be able to just plug-n-play.
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No, I'm installing Vista on the new SATA HD, and I wanted to transfer some of my old data from my old IDE hard drive onto the new one and take it out when I'm done and put it back into my old computer. Better?
First question...

Does your new computer have both SATA and IDE ports on the motherboard?

if yes... then what I'd do is install the new system with the new hard drive get all of the O/S and software on it first, then, you can plug in your old IDE drive and pull the data off of it.

In the BIOS, you will tell the new computer that the SATA drive is the boot drive, that way it won't try to boot from the IDE drive. After that, once you have both drives running you can copy your files over from the old hard drive to the new one.

Now... if your new computer doesn't have any free IDE ports, then you can go by the alternative and buy a IDE to USB cable to connect the old drive to your new computer as a "removable hard drive". Here is a link to the kind of cable you will need if you have to go this route: http://www.surpluscomputers.com/stor...&item=CRD10181



Finally, if you don't want to go that route, you have a third option...

If you have a home network with a router, you can put both computers on the network and enable "file sharing" on the old E-machines PC. Then you should file share the directories with the data you want to move. This might take a wee bit more time to transfer the data as your ethernet connections aren't as fast as a direct hard drive connection, but it is an alternative.

Good luck in transferring your data to the new PC.
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First question...

Does your new computer have both SATA and IDE ports on the motherboard?

if yes... then what I'd do is install the new system with the new hard drive get all of the O/S and software on it first, then, you can plug in your old IDE drive and pull the data off of it.

In the BIOS, you will tell the new computer that the SATA drive is the boot drive, that way it won't try to boot from the IDE drive. After that, once you have both drives running you can copy your files over from the old hard drive to the new one.

Now... if your new computer doesn't have any free IDE ports, then you can go by the alternative and buy a IDE to USB cable to connect the old drive to your new computer as a "removable hard drive". Here is a link to the kind of cable you will need if you have to go this route: http://www.surpluscomputers.com/stor...&item=CRD10181



Finally, if you don't want to go that route, you have a third option...

If you have a home network with a router, you can put both computers on the network and enable "file sharing" on the old E-machines PC. Then you should file share the directories with the data you want to move. This might take a wee bit more time to transfer the data as your ethernet connections aren't as fast as a direct hard drive connection, but it is an alternative.

Good luck in transferring your data to the new PC.
This is exactly what I was looking for! thanks. +rep
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