How to Install 2nd Hard Drive

Dell / Dimension 4600i...
May 7, 2010 at 08:23:45
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.992 GHz / 2.5 MB
Hi, I currently have two 74GB hard drives setup in my desktop. At the moment i am only using one (C:). Previously i had two installed, C: and D:, both with a copy of my OS (windowsXP) which how it came when i first bought it. Due to my pc playing up i decided to wipe it clean and start a fresh only installing the one hard drive. Basically what id like to know is if its possible to install my second hard drive for extra space without intalling another version of windowsXP on it and if so how.


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May 7, 2010 at 11:55:36
You should only have one copy of the operating system on your machine. You can install the second drive for more space. If it's an IDE drive (wide ribbon), then you need to set the jumpers on the first drive to Master and the second drive to Slave. If they're Sata drives, you don't have to worry about jumpers. If you haven't wiped the second drive clean yet, you can install it and then format it to wipe it clean.

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May 7, 2010 at 12:05:47
If both copies of Windows previously worked then the drives are already set up correctly.

Go to Disk Management and see if the second drive appears there. If so, just format it and you will be good to go.

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May 7, 2010 at 12:35:22
After looking on Disk Management it says my Disk 0 is online and set to my primary partition and my Disk 1 is online but unallocated. Do i need to create a new partition for Disk 1 and can i do this without needing to install an OS.

Also i dont know if its relevant but when i look at properties for both drives, under the volume tab they both say Master Boot Record (MBR) next to Partition Style. Does this mean i dont have one set to a slave drive??


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May 7, 2010 at 12:59:29
That message is normal. Just Format Drive one while in Disk Management.

You have the option to make just one partition or multiple partitions. If you intend to use solely for storage and not install programs on the drive then format NTFS using all available space.

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May 7, 2010 at 13:19:14
Ok its formatted and running. Cheers guys

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