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I have bought two parts for my computer so far, one being the hard drive. I have another computer on which I have a lot of files I want on it's hard drive. I am sure I already know the answer to this question, but I want to ask it anyway:
If I format a partition on the new hard drive, am I able to get the files from the other hard drive while running XP? I am sure you can, because of the whole 'backup' partition deal that people set their hard drives up with. I guess I am just bein cautious for some reason.
Being able to get power to it may be and issue, as I don't know what the computer looks like inside, as it isn't mine. If it is a big problem, I should have the PSU bought by the time I will be able to try and transfer the files.
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Well, you could temporarily install the old hard drive as a slave and manually transfer all the files.
That was what I had done when my old hard drive experienced signs of imminent collapse (spreading sector necrosis).
You'll have to install everything needing installation anew though and most of your settings will have to be reconfigured.