2nd HD loses transferred folders on boot up

Western digital / 1tb sata
June 21, 2009 at 06:51:20
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
I have installed a 1TB Western Digital SATA HD into
my PC which was running with Windows XP Home
(SP3) and came with a 160gb Maxtor HD. My
intention is to transfer everything from the old small
drive onto the new drive, then format the old drive and
just use it for data storage. I have installed Windows
XP Home onto the new drive but have not yet installed
SP3. As windows explorer sees both drives I
have copied all folders & files from the documents
partition on the old drive to the non-partitioned new
drive under a general folder. This all looked fine until I
rebooted the PC and noticed that not all I had
transfered across was there. It had completely
deleted the first few folders in the list. As I had since
deleted the data from the old drive I ran a recovery
program and thankfully have managed to get them
back. When I ran the recovery prog on the new drive
it revealed that the first top folder was automatically
deleted each time the PC was re-booted. ( I also
worked out that I had lost 4 folders and had rebooted 4
times before noticing the problem) The problem has
only occured with document folders which have been
copied and pasted in explorer as I also have
transferred 32GB worth of photos but using the backup
and restore facility in Photoshop elements organizer.
My husband thinks it may be because we are running
2 OS systems - 1 on each drive but we haven't dared
to uninstall the windows xp on the old drive yet. IF
ANYONE CAN HELP PLEASE - that would be great!

PS Installation of software has been no problem on
the new drive.

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June 21, 2009 at 07:11:56
IMO, you're doing it backwards. Why on earth would you want the OS on a 1TB HDD & WHY would you just have one HUGE partition? You're creating a maintenance nightmare & an accident waiting to happen. Use the 160GB HDD for Windows & use the 1TB HDD for storage.

Partitioning Strategies

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June 21, 2009 at 07:33:31
The reason we put windows on the new drive is because 1. we
wanted a clean install to start afresh and 2. because the new
drive is a SATA and so we thought it would run everything
faster. We will note your comments thankyou but it doesn't
solve the problem of folders self deleting!!

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June 21, 2009 at 07:45:12
Read the Partitioning Strategies link I posted in my 1st response.

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