adding a second drive

April 5, 2011 at 20:24:14
Specs: Windows XP, 2.53ghz /2gig
If I add a second drive can I delete(unistall) the windows 98 that is on there with out a chance of
any chance of coruption(bugs,malware and such) getting through to the master drive. I need the storage but I don't rememberwhat all is on the slave. It has been sitting around for some time.
Pat

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April 5, 2011 at 20:46:47
if you don't need anything on the 2nd drive you could format the drive and it would be nice and clean. Some viruses will transfer from one hard drive to another, so that is why I suggest formatting it.

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April 5, 2011 at 21:21:41
Thank you for the reply. Yes I do need some of the info that is on the second drive.
That is I think there might be it has been at least 4 years sence(?) I have been in there. So here we go. As always thank you for your input.Having the help and input from others is always a cool thing. I am a "HVAC" tech. It is what I do for a living.
I hang out on a forum for that a lot. Just to help and learn.
Thank you again for your time.
Pat

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#3
April 5, 2011 at 23:24:39
Another option rather than formatting, would be to be to keep Windows 98 and run the hard drives as dual-boot system. You'll probablly have to use your BIOS selective start-up but Windows XP (ntfs) will recognize Windows 98 (fat32) but unfortunately Windows 98 doesn't recognize NTFS so you can access th 98 disk from Windos XP and don't lose your data. The only problem is that if Windows 98 was not installed on computer that you want use it as the slave drive, you'll probablly have to reinstall it. Windows XP is quite receptive to running dual-boot. I myself run three, including Windows 98.

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#4
April 6, 2011 at 13:39:34
Any dual boot could infect the other OS. Nuke it from high orbit. It is the only way to be sure.

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