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The computer description is what I have. It is seagate 250GB with Vista Home Premium 64bit installed. I have Seagate 170GB from my old comp with XP 32-bit installed. If I connect my old hard drive to my motherboard and boot up the comp, will there be a way to open up files? I don't want to format my old HD to vista, but can use both HD at same time. I need to copy or transfer important files to my new system.
    
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If you put in the old drive, you will still boot into vista. The old drive will show up in vista and you will have access to all of your old files.

You could boot from the old drive and load winXP, but if it's from a different mobo/chipset, you will encounter many, many problems.
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If you put in the old drive, you will still boot into vista. The old drive will show up in vista and you will have access to all of your old files.

You could boot from the old drive and load winXP, but if it's from a different mobo/chipset, you will encounter many, many problems.
It is from another mobo. But the important thing is that if I connect this old HD with my current one still install into my current mobo, I can still choose to run my old hd with winXP?
    
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Seagate 7200rpm 250GB Vista Home Premium 64-bit Acer 22" Corsair 550W 
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Antec 900 
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Yes. you can put in the old drive and take out what ever files you need. As long as are not in you user file and didn't put a password on your user name and made it privite. If the files are any where then inside your old user name then you should have no problem.
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