Installing a second hard drive to become

July 25, 2011 at 15:28:46
Specs: Windows XP
The new hard drive is 50% larger than the exsisting D drive(C: is there but not working.). I would lik the new drive to be the master and the exsisting drive to become the slave. I would like to install the new drive, then mirror image all the data on the old drive to the new "C". When all is working properly, I would like to format the exsisting drive, remove all partitions, and use it primarily as storage-in-waiting. Is my plan OK? I am a senior who is not a techie.

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July 25, 2011 at 15:33:00
Are you going to use Acronis or something similar to create the drive image? It sounds like it would work.

I would certainly backup all your data first.

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July 25, 2011 at 19:10:50
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I have Acronis. I may sound like I know more than I really do. So if someone would please create a step by step process or point me to one that is already posted on the 'Net, I would certainly appreciate it. GB

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July 25, 2011 at 19:26:21
Do you have a working OS on the system at the moment. If not, drive letters are irrelevant. When you say C: is there but not working is this a partition on the existing drive or an entire drive.

Master and slave is determined by jumpers on the hard disk. You would have to refers to a label on the drive to determine the jumper setting.

What happens then is determined by whether you have a working OS. Drive C: is nearly always on the Primary Master but it doesn't have to be, it could be anywhere.

The thing to remember that Slave and Master are hardware functions determined by the BIOS. Drive letter allocation is a software function determined by the OS. The two have little connection with each other.


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July 26, 2011 at 09:45:02
Thank you for your reply.

C: is a partition on a working hard drive with D:/ as the one which I'm using. I've read some posts where the second drive is set up as the slave but none where the second drive is set up as the master.

I've just gotten Acronis and backed up my entire hard drive to a portable one. It seems that to get the true ghost image back, I'll have to use the recover function. Am I correct? If I'm right, this means that there will be 3 hardrives in play before all the data gets to the new hard drive.

In setting up the master-slave relationships with the jumpers, do I do it strait off or should there be an intermediate step? Thanks again for your help. GB

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