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If I take a master hard drive out of one desktop and installed it into another as a master, will it work just fine?
 

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It will work fine but the operating system will not just boot up, you will either have to do a repair install or format and reinstall.

You also have to make sure that the drive is supported , EG

If both drives are IDE drives you should be fine

If the drive is a SATA 2 and the motherboard only supports SATA1 you will have to use the jumper on the back to throttle it back to SATA.
SATA 1 drives will work fine on a SATA 2 board ( there also is no master slave relationship with sata )
 
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