Need Advise on Install 2nd Hard Disk

Posted on 2004-09-22
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I was wondering if anyone could give me advise as to how to install a second hard disk, which will be used as my primary disk.  In other words, my current hard disk will serve as my backup.  Are there any good tutorials out there that can assist me step by step as to what I should keep in mind?

Here's some info on my PC:

- WinXp Home Version 2002
- P4
- CPU 1.80 GHz
- 512 MB of Ram
- The current hard disk was factory installed (it came with the PC)

I would like to install the following hard disk and use it as my PRIMARY disk:

- Seagate 160 GB
- Ultra Ata/100
- 7200 RPM
- 8 MB Cache

And I will use the factory installed hard disk as my SECONDARY disk.

Also, is it possible to install WinXp Pro on my new hard disk and still keep WinXp Home on my secondary?  If not, I would like both of my disks to have WinXp Pro.  This brings up another question: If I cannot keep WinXp Home on my secondary disk, is it possible to smoothly upgrade it to WinXp Pro?

Many thanks for your help!
Question by:dadgumit
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If you're wanting to keep both editions, then install the new drive and run setup from the XP Pro cd to format/install XP on that drive.  Your boot loader will remain on the first drive, but you can easily set it up to boot into XP Pro as the default, with XP Home as a secondary option.

Otherwise, you can remove the existing drive, install the new one - install XP on it and then reinstall the old drive as a slave drive (and then adjust your boot.ini to include that as a boot option as well).
Going this route, you can use XP's File & Transfer wizard to move your settings/documents, etc from your 'old' profile to your new...

Boot.INI: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=289022

FAST: http://www.windows-help.net/WindowsXP/howto-01.html

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Steps for XP installation: http:Q_21014636.html#11240759

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I also meant to ask: What if there is a virus or spyware on my old drive?  I've scanned my computer with Norton Anti-Virus and ran SpyBot Search and Destroy and neither found anything.....yet, the PC is still slow.
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You might need updating your BIOS before installing your new HDD.

if you want to be able to access you old files on your old HDD don't forget to take ownership on your folders


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Sounds great...I'll give it a try tonight.
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>.What if there is a virus or spyware on my old drive?  I've scanned my computer with Norton Anti-Virus and ran SpyBot Search and Destroy and neither found anything.....yet, the PC is still slow.<<

If that's the case, I'd say follow option #2 and once you've migrated all your data over to the new drive, format the old one and install whatever OS on it you like...

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awesome...thanks again

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