Second Hard Drive

January 24, 2010 at 09:41:09
Specs: Windows XP Pro

I have a Maxtor, 250 GB hard drive with XP PRO as my primary. I have added a WD 500 GB hard drive I want to make my primary, but do not want to copy my entire C drive to it. Is it possible for me to put another copy of XP PRO on the second hard drive and then move the files I want to it and then reformat my current C drive to use for storage?
Both are SATA drives.

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#1
January 24, 2010 at 13:24:22

Can't understand why you don't want to copy C drive on to D drive, as that would do away with the need to install xp on to the new drive. You could do that with 'disk cloning' software and would take less time than installing xp.

However, if you don't want to do that, you can install xp on the new drive by booting from an xp install disk. When that's up and running, copy over what you want from the old drive. Then go into "Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Disk Management" and re-format the old drive.

Be aware, however, that when you've installed xp on the new drive, and there's still a copy of xp on the old drive, Windows will assume you want a dual-boot setup and will ask you which copy of Windows you want to boot from every time you switch on the PC.

You can remove the dual-boot prompt by editing the boot.ini file.

Or you can avoid that happening in the first place by formatting the old drive first before installing xp on the new drive.


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#2
January 24, 2010 at 14:02:26

Is your intent to keep the programs on the old drive? If so, they won't work with the new WinXP installation.

So, if that was your intention then you might as well just use the 500GB for storage.

If you intend to partition the new drive to separate the OS from the programs then do this.

Disconnect the original drive and connect the new drive to a different cable. Boot to the WinXP CD and install. Add the necessary motherboard drivers so all hardware is working. Add your AV and firewall software. Now go to the Windows site and download all the updates for your WinXP.

Shut down. Now reconnect the old drive and when you boot you should either boot directly to the newer installation or be given a choice.

Post back with your intentions.


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#3
January 25, 2010 at 09:53:56

Unplug the current disk, insert the new disk in THAT specific wired connector, then plug your old disk in any other plug you see available. Take your Windows installation disk, and install. Make sure to install on the NEW disk. This should NOT be a problem, but a mistake is easily made.

BEFORE you remove the current drive, find out 2 things about the OLD drive:
1 - the volume serial number, ex.

C:\>dir c:
Volume in drive C is OS
Volume Serial Number is 6C06-72AF

Directory of C:\

15/12/2009 20:37 53 1.txt
(..)

2 - The "name/type" your disk has got, not the brand, but something like 6P123Z120 or so.

After all of this, you will have:
- A new disk, with OS (as C: drive)
- An old disk, still with all data it used to have, now being drive D: (Do note : this disk will contain D:\Windows, but it is NOT a runnable Windows. Rename the directory ASAP, or remove it completely)


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#4
January 25, 2010 at 18:23:25

My current hard drive is 6 1/2 years old and starting to have some issues and think it best to start with a clean drive.

tvc, how do I find the information about the current drive. I am by no means an advanced computer user, but can follow directions if you can explain how to do it.

I appreciate everyone's help and suggestions and just want to make sure I don't mess it up.


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#5
January 25, 2010 at 21:42:25

1- cloning will move move windows and your programs, but keep your problems too.
2- I would recommend the safest route would be to remove the old drive so as to remove possible loss of data through confusion. Then install the new drive as the only one, reinstall windows XP, Update through windows update (it may take a few times to get everything, depending the age of your disk), update drivers, reinstall your programs, and make sure everything is running just right. THEN reinstall the original disk, copy all of your files, then reformat your original drive, and use it as a back up destination drive.

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#6
January 26, 2010 at 11:22:20

Thanks Fingers, that sounds like the way to go. I appreciate your help.

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#7
January 26, 2010 at 11:29:51

As I suggested in #2.

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