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Am I able to take a 500Gb hard drive from a new computer and put in a 2Tb hard drive from my old computer without causing any problems? 500GB drive has Windows7. 2Tb drive has windows 10.

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  • Tony Jan 09, 2019

    Hi Muriel, it should be possible to connect the 2TB drive externally to the windows 7 laptop so that you can read your personal files on the 2TB drive. What you need is a USB to SATA hard drive docking station or a suitable disk caddy. If you give me the part number of the 2TB drive I should be able to recommend something. You don't need to reformat the drive.

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    Muriel Grieve Jan 11, 2019

    Thank you soo much for doing this Tony. OK. PN: 9YN164-501 Model: ST2000DM001

  • Tony Jan 12, 2019

    Something like this:https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/s/ref=sr_nr_p...

    Recommend you get one that supports USB3 or 3.1 and must fit a SATA III 3.5" disk drive.
    Once you have fitted the drive in the product just plug the USB cable into your old laptop and you should be able to read the files off the 2Tb drive. Good luck

  • Tony Jan 12, 2019

    SATA III is also sometimes called SATA 6Gb. USB3.x is also backwards compatible to USB2 but it is faster and will future proof you if you get a newer laptop.

  • Muriel Grieve
    Muriel Grieve Jan 14, 2019

    Thanks once again Tony. I am not a total novice and I was keeping up with technology to some degree, or so I thought, until Microsoft decided they wanted to run my computer how they saw fit. I am in my 60's now so I guess I will be needing a bit more help and guidance with these things soon. LOL. Thanks again Tony your help is much appreciated. Have a great day.
    Cheers

    Muriel

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Its not that simple. As far as I know the windows software is linked to the computer the disk comes from so it won't boot up if put in a different PC. There are other ways of doing this but not for the non-techie. Do you want windows 10 or would you be happy with windows 7 on the 2GTb disk ?

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Testimonial: "Thanks for your help Tony. I'd like to keep the Windows 10 as this drive has my stuff on it, But I guess I will have to format this drive? Would I be able to use this an external drive?"

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