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I recently sold my PC but kept my HDD, I need a few files off of it and a program, So what i am asking is can and how do i plug my HDD into my media center pc to get those files off? I am assuming Win7 will just see it as a seperate storage drive, but I want to be sure because if this works I have a 3rd HDD with another OS on it and want to plug them all in, retrieve data and then format all at once
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Once you have OS on your new drive, yes you can plug a older HDD in and get all the files off of it

Works like a charm just like u described. I do it to get files off a HDD from friend's broken laptops all the time!

Also, yes that older HDD/3rd HDD u mentioned will work toO!
 
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Just plug the second hard drive into the computer and it will show up under My Computer as a separate hard drive. You will be able to retrieve any files. What i use is this adapter, which allows to to plug any sata/ide hard drive into usb and retrieve any file.
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Yeh, they should show up in My Computer, at which point you should be able to just access them like any other drive.

If you go into the User folder though and go into users documents, it will show a lock over the folder. Just double click the folders and windows will do some magic for a few second and then you will be able to access them, get your folders and then format the drives.
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Originally Posted by Chopxsticks;13190488 
I recently sold my PC but kept my HDD, I need a few files off of it and a program, So what i am asking is can and how do i plug my HDD into my media center pc to get those files off? I am assuming Win7 will just see it as a seperate storage drive, but I want to be sure because if this works I have a 3rd HDD with another OS on it and want to plug them all in, retrieve data and then format all at once




Oh you bethca! thumb.gif
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I have ever only formatted my drives from a fresh OS install, how do you guys suggest formatting spare drives?
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post #7 of 12
Yes you can! defo handy!
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Originally Posted by Chopxsticks;13190647 
I have ever only formatted my drives from a fresh OS install, how do you guys suggest formatting spare drives?

On win7 type in hard-drives into the start menu search bar and it will open up a list off all ur hdds plugged into the computer rightclick and format the drive
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Chopxsticks;13190647 
I have ever only formatted my drives from a fresh OS install, how do you guys suggest formatting spare drives?



You can just right click them in 'my computer' and format them. Easy as that. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by The Master Chief;13190674 
You can just right click them in 'my computer' and format them. Easy as that. wink.gif

That, or disk management through Administrative tools. smile.gif
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