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  • Started 6 years ago by RoadDog
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RoadDog
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I had an old system, e-machine with xp pro. The problem was that it startsd freezeing up almost imedistely after I would log on. I went out and bought a new e-machine with xp home on it. It only has a 60 gig hard drive, the old one has a 40 gig. I've already put a second cd drive in it, and a better graphics card. Now I would like to put more haed drive in it, and since I already have this drive sitting here, with files I would love to get. Is it advisable to install this old drive on the new machine? If it is could you please give me the guidance to do it. Thanks for any help, RoadDog

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whs
whs
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I would think that you can install it provided you have a slot for it in your new box and that it is compatible (you need to use a srewdriver though). There are also external adapters into which you can stick a Sata and run it on a USB or firewire.

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blastph3my
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You can put any hard drive in your computer, so long as it supports the interface that the drive uses. Assuming that it was an older computer, it's probably IDE/PATA (which is the big, wide, 40-pin cable/plug rather than the SATA smaller plug (comparison here: http://img.zdnet.com/techDirectory/_SATPAT.JPG )). Most new computers these days still support IDE/PATA, though may not use the interface natively. I'd suggest that you find an external enclosure online and just pop the drive in there, and hook it up with USB. You can look around here: http://www.newegg.com/ProductS.....+enclosure for enclosures. If your hard drive uses IDE, I'd suggest this enclosure (my brother owns one, too, and he says it works fine): http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6817145385 . For SATA hard drives, this one looks pretty good, though I have no personal experience with it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6817193030 .

Keep in mind, there will be far less usage of the screwdriver when installing a drive into these enclosures, but it will be a lot easier and there should be instructions included.

Hope you solve your problem! =]

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RoadDog
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Thanks for the help. After looking over the system I found that the existing harddrive is hooked up with a SATA, the CD drives are hooked up with the 40 pin and there appears to be another 40 pin connector on the mother board. I know the process would be easier useing an external enclosure, but that would entail talking my wife out of money, no easy feat there. Would it work if I hooked the one harddrive up to the spare IDE/PATA while the existing is hooked up with the SATA, or is that simply wishful thinking.

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