Adding 2nd HD with OS on it to machine w/ XP

Microsoft Windows xp home sp2
December 7, 2009 at 05:31:53
Specs: Windows XP
I took a HD from an emachines computer in which the Motherboard had died, and am wanting to put it in my current pc as a storage drive only. I am running XP Home on my current machine, and the HD I want to add has XP home installed on it. I am hoping to be able to install the drive, pull some files from it, and then format it clean to get rid of the XP on it. Is this possible? I tried it in a vista machine yesterday and it kept wanting to boot to the added drive copy of XP. This was beyond my scope so I aborted the Vista effort, but could use some advice on installing it in my XP pc. The drive to be added is a Western Digital 200GB PATA going into a Compaq 3200AMD Sempron that currently has a 100GB HD. Thanks!!

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December 7, 2009 at 06:14:49
:You should be able to do exactly what you want to do.

You may have the emachines drive set as the first boot device in the BIOS (setup) screens.

Change it to the original Vista drive/partition and you should be able to boot to Vista.

You may need to take ownership of the files/folders on the eMachines drive.

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December 7, 2009 at 19:05:23
I gave up trying to put it in the Vista machine. So I should be able to install it as a slave drive to the primary drive in my Compaq XP system and then view it in Windows explorer as just a mass storage device? I want to pull some files from it and then just format.

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