Noob computer question

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  1. Kokomo

    Kokomo OT Supporter

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    If i buy a new computer
    can i switch my hard drive from my old computer and add it to the new one?
    i know i can do that but
    will it keep all the programs and games or do i have to install all of them again? :hs:
     
  2. Create

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    If you do it right, it'll work. You have to make sure the existing drive is first in the BIOS 'Boot Order' and is master on the first IDE controller, thus making it c: (rather than another letter) and preserving your pointers.

    No matter what, the OS is going to be very confused about it's drivers. Once that mess is sorted out, you should be fine.

    I highly recommend you backup to external media before doing this.
     
  3. grocerylist

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    I'm gonna say it's not going to work just because I'm assuming you're using Windows. Your new Windows install won't have the registry entries for your old programs and games.
     
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    You can add it to the new computer and access documents, pictures, movies, etc... but most, if not all software will have to be reinstalled
     
  5. rsxm5

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    Yes, that will work, but I took the original poster's question as if he wanted to "add it" to the new computer.
     

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