Can I put my hard drive in another computer?

“I currently have two computers. The old computer has some USB problem and I cannot fix it. All the other ports work fine. The data saved on the old hard drive is very important. I need it. Is it possible to get data off an old hard drive and install the old hard drive to a new computer? Thanks in advance.”

Yes, it’s possible for you to backup data from old hard drive. Also, you can use the old drive as slave drive on a new computer. But if you want to transfer hard drive to new computer without reinstalling windows, there are some issues you need to fix at first, such as, device driver issue, Windows activation.

How to get data off an old hard drive?

If you cannot use USB ports on the computer, there are two ways for you to backup data and save it to a safe place.

1. Create a shared folder on another computer and backup to the folder. The premise is that both computers need to be in the same network.

2. Backup data to cloud drive or NAS, such as, Google Drive, OneDrive, Synology, Bufallo, etc. Then, use another computer to access the files or folders on the network. You can choose to download it or not.

Below, I’ll take the first way as an example and show you how to backup data from old computer to a new one.

Create a shared folder on the new computer

Step 1. Create a new folder on the computer and name it as you like (here is shared folder).

Step 2. Right-click the newly added folder and select Properties.

Step 3. Hit Share under the sharing tab and then you will go to the next page.

Step 4. Type everyone and hit Add.

Step 5. Select the newly-added option and click Share to start the task.

Backup data from old computer to another computer

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it on the old computer.

Step 2. Click Backup and File Backup.

File Backup

Step 3. Click Add File or Add Folder to find the files or folders you want to backup.

Add File Folder

Step 4. Click Step 2 in the following picture and then select the shared folder created before.

Step 2

To use the Shared folder as destination path, you can go to Share/NAS, type IP address, display name, user name, password, then you can find your folder from another computer.

Select Location

Step 5. Now, just move your figure and click Start Backup to begin the operation.

How to install old hard drive to new computer?

If you want to keep the customized operating system as well as your personal data, programs to a new computer, you can choose to install old hard drive in new computer and then boot from it. How to achieve this goal? You can try Disk Clone feature with AOMEI Backupper.

Detailed steps:

Step 1. Take out the old hard drive and connect it to the new computer.

Step 2. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard on the new computer and launch it. Then, click Clone and Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Select the connected disk as the source disk(here is disk 0) and click Next.

Old Disk

Step 4. Select the new disk as the destination disk and then click Next to move on.

New Disk

Step 5. Preview the details and click Start Clone.


Step 6. Restart your computer and see if it can boot successfully.

Tips: If you want to use old hard drive in new computer build, such as, different CPU, you need to use the backup and restore feature instead of the clone feature. More so, you must enable Universal Restore when you try to restore the image.

Wrapping things up

Adding an old hard drive to new computer is not as difficult as you think. With the help of AOMEI Backupper Standard, all things become easier. You just need to move your fingure with a few clicks.

This software is not only a disk cloning software but also a backup and restore software. It can do more than you image, such as, creating all kinds of backup, cloning hard drive to SSD with different brand, migrating system without boot issues, etc.

Download AOMEI Backupper and use it to install hard drive from old computer to new computer.