2 system partitions with same label

February 15, 2009 at 04:53:59
Specs: Windows XP
I had an IDE hdd few years ago (containing 6 partitions; and with WinMe, WinXP, and linux installed on it - the 3 remaining partitions are linux swap and data partitions).

Later this hdd was replaced with a SATA hdd (3 partitions: WinXP plus 2 data partitions) the WinXP was installed after disconnecting the old IDE hdd.

But now I'd need the old drive as a backup for data, without deleting its content (neither deleting OSs nor existing data on it).
So what's the recommended method to reconnect that old IDE drive, to have 2 hdds ?

Both hdds has system partitions labeled C:


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#1
February 15, 2009 at 05:42:54
I'd put it on Secondary Master.

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#2
February 15, 2009 at 08:38:53
will those partitions have different labels in every OS? Or i just get to a confused situation that i have C: D: E: etc on both hdds?

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#3
February 15, 2009 at 08:59:15
There won't be duplicates, XP will assign different letters to the partitions.

If you don't like the letters that XP assigns, you can change them in the Disk Manager.


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#4
February 15, 2009 at 09:01:43
Oops !

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#5
February 15, 2009 at 16:28:02
OK, that solves my main question, thanks.

And how I will be able to boot from those old system partitions on the IDE drive? Do I need to install a boot manager, or simply setting boot order in BIOS is enough for those few occasions when I will need those old systems?


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#6
February 15, 2009 at 16:39:26
You won't get that old drive with WinME to boot on the new hardware. There is no real provision to repair the ME install. Plus there may not be drivers available for the hardware anyway.

If you just want to access data then connect the drive as a slave. You may need to take ownership of the files/folders on the old drive.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421


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#7
February 15, 2009 at 16:52:14
That's right. The IDE drive was probably originally setup as the C: drive. Now it will have a different drive letter and nothing will be able to run on it.

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