Solved Fitting two hard drives on one computer

August 12, 2011 at 23:56:29
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon
Hello I have a HP pavilion t650uk.
Presently the computer has one 80G hard drive fitted with XP home edition loaded
I also have a spare hard drive 160GB with windows 7 loaded and about 40 GB's of files it thatwould like to keep.
I can insert and connect the drive ok but I am not quite sure of the jumpers configuration and also if what I am proposing will work ok.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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August 13, 2011 at 00:58:36
First off, there's a couple of problems with what you are trying to do, jaysto.

1) In almost all cases, you cannot install windows on one computer, take the hard drive out, and install it on a different computer and expect it to work without reformatting the drive (re-installing windows all over again).

2) Your computer model was originally created for the Windows XP operating system, and as of now has no driver support for windows 7. What this means is, even if you were to install windows 7 on your computer, you may not be able to get certain parts of your computer to work at all, such as the internet, audio, graphics, etc.

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August 13, 2011 at 12:55:22
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When you move a drive you may be able to fix the hal by using the boot disk to repair it.

If they are ide/eide then put one as master and other as slave but you can then usually select the boot device in either bios or at boot with a F key to select boot drive.

If the extra drive only has files that you wish to access then you can just install it. See your owners manual. It usually tells how to install a drive.

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August 14, 2011 at 23:33:47
Thanks to all for your replies,
So what I have installed on the HP cpmputer is the original drive with windows XP in stalled on it.
I have also another hard drive with Windows 7 Ultimate installed on it.
Windows Seven was installed on this drive when it was fitted to the HP during a hardware upgrade but it was taken out and the original drive reinstated as i needed some information from it.
So to sum up what I am asking is, will things work ok if I now put the Windows 7 drive back in the computer behind the XP drive as a slave drive and access it from my computer by clicking on the newly installed drive
Thank you for any help. jaysto (senior citizen).
I understand now how the set the jumpers to master and slave

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