new HD and want to preserve old HD as slave
Posted on 2005-03-14
I am now running win2k with a 20G HD. I am buying a new PC with an 80G HD. I want to install my old drive as a slave drive which I can use for storage and backups but I want to preserve the data on the old drive so I can access it when i install my OS on the new drive. I do not necessarily want a dual boot system since I will be instaling win2k as well on the new drive. My win2k installation disk is the upgrade version and requires windows to be running to access the setup program. So I would like to be able to boot from the old drive, allowing me to run the setup program for a fresh installation to the new drive. When I format the new drive, is it necessary to make the first partition primary active so that it will accept the new OS or can I install the OS on an extended logical partition to avoid multiple primary partitions and then convert to primary active once the new OS is installed? Will I be able to later convert the primary active partition on the old drive to an extended logical partition without loss of data? And, finally, if I create a GHOST image of my current primary partition and install it on my new drive will it work with the new setup or does the ghost image have to be reinstalled into the same system to work properly?