Replacing hard drive

February 11, 2011 at 08:55:47
Specs: Windows XP
How do I replace existing IDE 40 gig hard drive with 500 IDE hard drive? Also would it be better to reload all the operating systems vs coping from existing hard drive which according to defrag report files are very corrupted?

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February 11, 2011 at 08:57:23
You cant just copy and past the contents of one HDD to another and expect it to boot. You could slave your new drive and just use it for storage / backing up. Or, you could install a new OS on the 500gb drive and just transfer all old docs off the 40 gb drive.

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February 11, 2011 at 09:07:02
If your computer is so old that it came with a 40GB drive, you may find that it cannot recognize more than 127GB. If this is the case a BIOS upgrade may (or may not) cure this.

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February 11, 2011 at 09:22:23
To expand on #2 above. If your motherboard has certain series of Intel chip sets you may be able to use a 500GB hard drive in WinXP. The first thing to do is to detrermine what chipset is part of your motherboard.

I suggest you download and use SIW to get the motherboard model and possible the chip set too. Get SIW at the link below.

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