|Thanks Richard59 for your quick and detailed reply.|
I actually did contact MS (in March.2011) and you are right as to activation.
I told them that since hdd were cheap ( before the flooding in Thailand) ,i bought 3 hitachi hdd ,each 2TB.
To make sure that they are working,i formatted the first and as usual,had windows xp activated the first day.
The 2nd day,i did the same thing.
The 3rd day,i did the same thing but this time,windows did not allow me to activate because i am deemed to have exceeded my activation!
I informed MS that it nowadays,the modern chassis houses 4 hdd bays and people do have 4 hdd and all connected by 4 sata cables and powered up.
So why can we not activate and use all 4?
It is technically the same motherboard,all hardware is the same,eg,display card,dvd rw and so on.Nothing has changed and all are housed within the same chasis.
They said that i can only activate win xp only on the 1st hdd and nothing more.This is unreasonable and illogical.
They wanted my key and other info and i asked them if this will let me activate the 3hdd but they said no.I also asked them if the 2nd hdd should fail,and if i formatted it,can they activate it? They said no.
Then i said since they cannot help,why bother asking for my xp details?
I suspect that they will feed all the info into their system,use the EULA to protect themselves and since i cannot activate my xp,i am forced to go to win7!!
Of course,they want us to migrate to win7 when our xp is forced to die or severly restricted to perform.
That is purely a business strategy to force us to buy win7 and i am against such practices.My loyal and trusty xp has performed well for the past 8 yrs and looking at how win7 perform,i am not impressed.All the bells and whistles and fancy stuff do not impress me well.I stick to the tried and true.
Back to my pc,do you suggest that i clone/image my 1st hdd C drive to a 2nd hdd.?
Since the 2nd hdd has win xp installed in C,let's refer to it as C2.
Now comes the big question for the 2nd HDD.
Should the clone be put in C2 or another partition?Or does it really matter?
This is a good way for me to understand and learn how a computer system works and how the hardware ( >> HDD ) interface with the software (win xp ) and the limits and creative solutions to circumnavigate the obstacles.
Thanks again.Your suggestions will be tried out.