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hard drive questions

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cci704, Apr 10, 2010.

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  1. cci704

    cci704 Thread Starter

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    Current system has 2 hard drives: original 10gb and an added 120 gb. Running XP home. Would like to replace the 10gb
    with a 40 gb but condition of the 40 gb is questionable. Can I replace the 120gb with the 40 gb to test it out and see if it
    is worth using as a replacement for the original 10 gb? When I am satisfied that the 40 gb is OK I would then put the 120 gb
    back in place and put the 40gb in place of the 10 gb and reload the OS to the 40 gb. Will the existing 120 gb maintain its contents thru the removal and reinstall? Thanks for your comments!
     
  2. raybro

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    I'm assuming the 120GB drive is the Primary slave drive and the 10GB drive is the Primary master which has the OS installed on it. Your question is whether removing the 120 physically from the computer tower and installing the 40 will in any way cause you to harm the 120 in any way. There is only one remote possibility and that would be if you have moved either your page file or your My Documents folder to the 120 drive. If you have done neither of those, you should be OK to remove the 120 and install the 40. What do you have on the 120GB drive?

    Also, unless you just want to do so, you do not have to do an install of the OS on the 40GB drive if and when the time comes. There are programs available which will clone the content of the 10GB drive to the 40GB drive and you just go on as before.

    Raybro
     
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