Hey Guys,

Not sure if this should go here or in the OS forum, so sorry if I picked wrong!

So, I'm building a new pc (specs below if needed), & I have a question about moving my HDD over before I do the upgrade. Currently on my old machine, my HDD is an old PATA running on XP 32bit, I would, however, like to be able to move this HDD over to my new build.

On my new build, I'm planning to install Vista 64bit (on a new SATA HDD I'm buying). I'm wondering, is it possible to install Vista 64bit on the new HDD plug it in to the SATA cable & then simply plug my old HDD into the PATA cable? I've done some perusing about the internet to see if I could find an answer, but nothing specific to my problem, so I figured I'd ask here. Thanks in advance for your help!

Motherboard (if it helps):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

NEW HDD (if it helps):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148294

CPU (if it helps):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

Recommended Answers

if your new mobo supports PATA then it should not be a problem... i check the link you post above but unable to find the specs.. just verify if it supports go ahead...

check out this link

http://www.harddrivereport.com/pata_vs_ata_vs_sata_vs_ide.html

Jump to Post

All 4 Replies

Ya, the motherboard supports PATA. And you think I'll still be able to access all my files as normal & such? And again, thanks for taking the time to respond.

Ya, the motherboard supports PATA. And you think I'll still be able to access all my files as normal & such? And again, thanks for taking the time to respond.

hi, if you have password protection on your computer remove it now before the move ,to avoid problems retrieving files

Yes, absolutely... remove all the password it saves you from further troubles...

Be a part of the DaniWeb community

We're a friendly, industry-focused community of developers, IT pros, digital marketers, and technology enthusiasts learning and sharing knowledge.