How much of a hassle is it to install a old hard drive on a new computer?
The back story....the old computer turns on but nothing shows on the monitor. Monitor sees the cable but no input and goes to sleep. Checked the cable and it had a gash in it. Replacement cable did not work. Tried monitor on different computer and it works fine. Before the monitor went blank, it showed a blue tinted screen if that helps. I figure it is either the video card or the motherboard. The computer is around 5 years old so plan to replace it rather than fix it. It s a low end HP running windows 7. I want the documents and stuff off the old computer, of course there is not a recent backup to work with and I am visiting across the country from my supply of spare parts and transfer cables.
The question... Can I take the hard drive out of the old and put it in the new without a nightmare? Would it work to just switch the new and old drives and just go? At worst I can pull the old hard drive and take it home with me and mail the documents.