Add a 2nd hard drive to my computer

April 27, 2010 at 10:04:41
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon II X2 Processor/ 4 GB RAM
I'm getting a new computer for my wife since her old motherboard died. She's getting a Dell Inspiron 570 MT with Windows 7. Can I install a second hard drive onto it with XP on it that has all her programs on it and use that drive instead of new one or use it to copy all her programs onto the new drive? Both are SATA drives. Can I switch back and forth between drives? Thanks.

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April 27, 2010 at 12:43:53
you put the drive in the system, then download easybcd, while in win7, it should find your xp drive and you should be able to add it to the boot option..ive never done it this way but it sounds about right ;-)

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but cant help myself....

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April 27, 2010 at 17:42:18
You have 2 problems here, first the hardware is different so a new or repair install would be required, the next is that the OS from the old computer is not transferrable and will fail activation.

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April 27, 2010 at 20:11:27
You would be better off reinstalling the programs under windows 7 (except for the few very old ones that won't install), installing the drive, copying over all needed files, and reformatting the drive. Then it will be a good back up location for windows back up and add easy security for all of her files.

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April 28, 2010 at 09:55:15
if the new pc supports it (probably does if new), windows 7 can have virtual xp installed onto it, then its just a matter of transferring the data files to it and installing the software in virtual xp, and she will have the best of both operating systems.

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