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Enon Bengal

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Is there any downside to taking the hard drive out my existing desktop and installing it as a second hard drive in the new desktop?

I'm thinking there might be issues on booting the operating system, specifically having Windows 10 on both drives, thanks.

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If your intention is simply to be able to access the files on the secondary drive, it's no problem. You may need to go into the NTFS permissions on the secondary drive and grant access to the files for the new OS, but that's easy enough. The only downside is the wasted space of the existing OS installed on the (now) secondary drive, though that can be cleaned up after the fact. 

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Did you do this? Was it successful? I put a windows 8 hard drive in my Windows 10 desktop once, and it booted into the Windows 8 hard drive, and I could never get it to boot back into Windows 10, the original drive. I followed many different fixes online, none were successful. I ended up reformatting.

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That's usually caused by the wrong drive being selected as the boot device in BIOS/EFI. Usually.

Or the drive being set to cable select, which went away with IDE...

Reformatting works too...

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