Can an XP HD be made to work in a 7 puter?

November 25, 2010 at 17:30:10
Specs: Windows XP
I've been running two Seagate 500 gig hard drives in my present puter with XP as an OS. A friend gave me a much better puter, dual core, fast graphics, and 2 gigs ram with Windows 7 as an OS.\r\nI tried to load my (no operating system) backup HD on the new computer with MY XP disk. It would not take it no mater what. Soooo, I decided to convert or "upgrade" the 7 disk and I was able to make it work with no problems. This was more or less a test before I tried it with my "working" main hard drive.
When I tried to upgrade my main HD, the new puter would not accept it no matter what I tried using the 7 disk like before. I tried it by itself, futzed with the bios, did everything I could think of but no luck. Is there something in the new HP motherboard or bios I don't know about???
Thanks much...

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November 25, 2010 at 17:54:41
I assume that you are NOT trying to boot to the old XP installation, because THAT will not work, but if you are trying to use this drive for additional storage, then it should work. You should not need your Windows 7 install DVD to format it, you should be able to do it with disk manager within Windows 7, in fact if this drive is formatted to NTFS (not Fat32), Windows 7 should assign it a drive letter on boot up and it should actually be able to read it without formatting it.
If Windows does not assign a drive letter, look in disk managment and see if the drive shows up there at all. If it does, you should be able to at least delete the existing partition and create a new partition(s) with the available space. If the drive does not show up in disk management, you will have to look into your BIOS. If your other drives are SATA and this one is PATA (EIDE), then you may need to turn on something to recognize it. If you have the 'other' drive you connected connected as a PATA drive already, you may need to reset the jumpers since this drive was probably originally set as 'Master' and now it is the second drive on the cable making it necessary to set it to 'Slave' and the other one to 'Master' (it may be set to 'Cable Select' now which still might work though).

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November 26, 2010 at 12:15:10
Why are you trying to install WinXP to the second hard drive? No need to.

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