Installing on New Hard Drive

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
June 26, 2010 at 18:10:21
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Core Duo 2 [3 ghz]/2 GB RAM
I have 2 hard drives in the system. (1TB and 1.5TB) I currently has Windows XP installed on the 1TB hard drive.

My goal is to install Windows 7 on the 1.5 TB hard drive and use the 1TB as a backup for all my movies, etc.

I hope I have explained this clearly :-)

I am familiar with installing Windows but I have done this before when there have been 2 hard drives with Windows installed and it has booted in dual mode and then it got fiddly formatting the other one as it was recognized as a hard drive with an operating system installed.

The i want to know the cleanest method of formatting my 1TB drive (the current XP one) after I have installed Windows 7 on the 1.5 TB drive.


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#1
June 26, 2010 at 23:56:48
I would recommend temporarily disconnecting the 1TB drive,
install Windows on the 1.5Tb drive then, when it's all up &
running, reconnect the 'old' drive, format it and away you go. The
reasoning is that Win7 (& Vista) have an annoying habit of using
a small part of any secondary drives during installation and it
makes it difficult to format them at a later date - start off with the
system not knowing about the second drive and it gets around
the problem.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."


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#2
June 27, 2010 at 00:05:37
drop in the win7 dvd, format the 1.5TB then install,you format during the installation choose advanced when it asked for the disk on start up format the 1TB, using the windows drive format tool all done and dusted...

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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