xp install on partitioned HDD

Msi (motherboard) / 790fx-gd70
February 13, 2010 at 14:51:24
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.614 GHz / 2015 MB
Hello everyone. I have recently purchased new components to build myself a new computer as my old computer m/board crashed, so I now have an MSI 790FX-GD70 M/Board along with a AMD Phenom II X4 955 CPU and 2 gigs of DDR3 ram all wrapped up in an Antec 300 case with an Antec Truepower 650 Watt power supply. No video card as yet. Once I have the video card installed and I am ready to install the operating system, the following needs to be clear in my mind. The hard drive of my old system a SATA Western digital 500 gig had it's c:\ drive partition formatted when I first tried to recover my older system. All my programs that were on that partition have beed erased. The other partition D:\ of that same hard drive has all my photos on it, they are still intact as far as I know. I want to be able to reinstall windows xp pro onto the C:\ partition but I want to make sure that the D:\ partition won't get formatted during the windows xp install. Can I install windows xp pro only on the now formatted c:\ drive partition and still keep my photos untouched on the D:\ partition?
Thanks in advance

Always Hope


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#1
February 13, 2010 at 15:07:59
Sure, just pay close attention as to what partition you designate XP to be installed on. It will show you what partitions are on the drive as you go through the setup process.

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#2
February 13, 2010 at 15:55:43
And make sure you install a floppy drive so that you can install the SATA drivers at the beginning of the Windows installation. Either that or use nLite to create a new XP CD that contains the drivers.

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#3
February 13, 2010 at 17:26:37
So I should have the SATA drivers on a Floppy disk? and if memory serves me correctly, I will be prompted at the beginning of windows xp install for any external sata device drivers? or something like that?

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Always Hope


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#4
February 13, 2010 at 17:28:50
Sorry I forgot to ask, I do not have a computer that is working that has a floppy drive. Can I load the sata drivers onto a flash drive and use that instead of a floppy, in other words I don't have any means of getting the SATA drivers from my working computer onto a floppy disk but I can put the drivers onto a flash drive.
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