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So i will also pop this question here. I am in the process of figuring out what to do about the dead computer. This lead to a question. If I get a vista box and slap my old primary hard drive in it with xp on it, will this cause problems? Will I be able to retrieve my old data? I have not tried it before and my literature I have around the apartment doesn't say. I think it will be okay and have had at least one person say it should be fine, but I would like some more opinions on the matter.

I would like to get my old data off there due to it having among other things, my music library, half of everything I have ever written, a number of games I bought through steam and other places, and various other bits of ephemera.

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digital_avatar
May. 30th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
Shouldn't be a problem. Vista can read XP files just fine, straight off of another hard-drive. I would suggest tearing those files off and putting them on DVD (Especially the writing) as soon as you get a chance.
technoir
May. 30th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Indeed. Backup will be a priority. It takes something like this happening to remind you of something you already know.
dominoing
May. 30th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Well, with Steam, you should be able to re-download the games you've bought. You really shouldn't have a problem getting the data off for the other stuff though. You could borrow an external drive case, slap your old drive in, and pull it all down via USB, though maybe that's a bit...much.
bad_grief
May. 31st, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
To reiterate, it should work fine.
I am assuming you are slaving your old hard drive and have a new primary drive with the new computer.
You'll probably run into issues if you try to install vista on the old drive.

Someone mentioned an external USB enclosure.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010090092%201053807123&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Order=PRICE
One of those should work fine and takes little more than a screw driver to put together.
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