How to install XP on HDD with data but no OS?

March 27, 2011 at 08:32:03
Specs: Windows XP
Currently, I have 1 drive with XP and a second drive only with data. I am upgrading to a new PC, but I'd like to hold off on buying another HDD, so I won't have a fresh clean HDD to install XP on.

Can I take the drive with data, put it in the new PC, and install XP on it without having to wipe all the data clean? I'd try it myself, but I'm waiting on a power supply to run the new PC, and if I need to get a new HDD to properly install XP then I'd like to do it ahead of time.

I know it's possible, if difficult to use the existing XP drive, but it's old and slow, and if one of my components is DOA, I want to be able to use it on the old PC until I get the new one working. Thanks in advance for any help


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#1
March 27, 2011 at 09:49:42
Windows XP has to be installed on the computer that is is going to run on. The OS is configured for the hardware it is installed on and will not run on alien hardware.

You can install Windows XP on the old data disk, providing you have room for it and that usually means a partition of its own of at least 5GBs, preferably 10GBs or more.

Stuart


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#2
March 27, 2011 at 10:30:37
Thanks for the response, there is plenty of room on the data drive, but is there an advantage to creating a partition specifically for the OS? Eventually I will likely buy another drive for data and transfer most things besides XP over to it.

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#3
March 27, 2011 at 10:57:06
yes. if you ever need to format, all the data is, or can be backed up easily. only have to format the os partition. its a life saver, and a huge time saver.

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#4
March 27, 2011 at 11:04:33
Sounds good - one more question. I haven't installed XP on a machine in awhile, does it give you the option to create a new partition when installing, or will I want to make a new partition ahead of time. If I should make one ahead of time, what's the easiest method to do so?

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#5
March 27, 2011 at 11:24:47
You will only get the option to create a new partition if there is unallocated space on the hard disk to put it in. If all a space is allocated you are going to need a third party tool like Partition Magic to reduce the size of the existing partiton(s) in order to make space a for a new one, Windows XP only has very limited partition managing capabilities; create and delete and that is it. Resize, move and combine it does not do.

Try one of these:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=e...

It is well worth the effort to make a separate partition for the reasons outlined by Kennross.

Stuart


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#6
April 4, 2011 at 15:24:01
The Easeus Partition software was really easy to use, and once I figured out I needed to use a newer XP disk (the very old non SP disk would cause bluescreen errors before installing), installation was a breeze. Thanks!

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