|So basically I just gave you an idea to get the Gateway to a state where you can at least have the OS working in paragraph 2 and explained how if there is more data on the disk, the longer the time it takes for the hard drive to spin to a certain spot to get that data. So if you leave the OS drive pretty unused, then the hard drive will not take as long to access the OS data, thus making the computer faster. It doesn't matter extremely, except if you want to get the very best performance out of your PC, then you might want to do that. So here is the procedure:|
1. Reformat both hard disks as from post #3:
Okay, so first, do you have a Vista CD? If you don't, then it will take some thinking to get this done. If you do, here is how you reformat:
Turn on your computer and insert the CD. Now shutdown and restart your computer.
On the BIOS screen (where Gateway Logo is displayed) press F12. If it was the correct key, a list of bootable devices should appear. If it doesn't, try again with different "F" keys. Once it does appear, choose the CD-Drive to boot off of. It may now say "Press any key to boot from CD." so press a key. Now wait for the files to load and such and such. Once you get to the main menu, (I am basing this off of XP Setup so this might be different) choose "Repair Windows By Using The Recovery Console" or something similar. Now choose the Windows directory on the C: drive. You now enter in the Administrator account password. Once you get in, type this code:
FORMAT C: /fs:NTFS /q
This would mean that FORMAT is formatting of course, C: is the partition to format, the file system is NTFS and it is a quick format. Most likely to delete the other partition, you must format it also (which means that the option to reset to factory settings if gone forever), so type in the same code as above except for changing the C: to D:. Now type "exit" and you're computer will be restarted.
2. So then reboot off of the CD again and choose "Install Windows Now". Then install on one of the drives, boot off of it, and install all of your extra program on the other drive. Handy isn't it? So your PC also saves power by turning off the extra drive when you don't have any programs running.
* I want to ask you one last thing. Would you believe me if I told you I was 14 and instructed you onto how to do all of this? Trust me, it is true!
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Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200