Installing XP on Backup Sys Drive

June 20, 2009 at 16:44:05
Specs: Windows XP Home, 2.2ghz/2 Gigs
I'm trying to install XP Home on a new drive I want to use as a backup system drive. Even though the drive shows up in the BIOS, the Windows XP installer disc doesn't see it. It just sees my C drive. The drive is connected to the motherboard and powered. Is there something I'm missing?

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June 20, 2009 at 17:38:45
You can not install XP on an external drive powered by a USB port unless you do some extensive reg editing.

On top of that....your BIOS must support booting from external drives to allow it to work as well.

If you are wanting to preserve the operating system as most here do....then learn about imaging as a back up service.

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June 20, 2009 at 18:00:33
Apologies, I wasn't clear. This drive is internal, physically installed the same as the C drive; connected to the motherboard and powered from the power supply. I'm wanting to have a complete backup system drive in case the C drive fails.

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June 20, 2009 at 18:25:04
The only way you will get that setup to work seemlessly is to disconnect the existing hard drive and install WinXP on the spare drive. Then disconnect that drive and use the original.

Otherwise you will create a dual boot situation that will no longer work if the original craps out.

Better to use imaging software to maintain current images of your existing drive. If it ever fails you can use those image disks to restore everything to a new drive and all will be as it was.

Going your way will require you to constantly update the spare drive. If you do attempt to keep both connected then you will need to learn how to repair the master boot record in case you need to disconnect your original drive for any reason.

If you insist on trying your way then just boot to your original WinXP and then insert your WinXP CD and install to the second drive. You will then get a choice of which to boot to at start up.

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June 21, 2009 at 19:24:02
Got it. I don't know much about imaging, but i'll look into it. thanks!

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