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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by raybro, Jun 10, 2006.

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  1. raybro

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    Hi... Im helping a friend with his puter and he wants to install a second HDD in his Gateway P4 machine running XP Home. I'm a Win98Se guy and I know how to do what I want on my machine but I'd like some input on how to do one thing on his.

    How can I determine the specs on his current drive so he can purchase a second drive to match it as close as possible. I know I could open the tower and look at the drive, but I'm asking is there a way to view the info with some built in feature with XP? I could always install AIDA32 to view the info on drives as I do on my system, but he would have no use for the utility after that. Just trying to minimize the procedure.

    Thanks... Raybro
     
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    Thanks ozrom1e, but I'm trying to avoid installing any more utility progs than necessary as he will have no use for them later. My question is whether XP has a similar feature built into it. I realize this is a nit, but as I said, just trying to minimze. Besides, I'll maybe learn a bit about XP.

    Raybro
     
  4. ozrom1e

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    The only place you are going to get any info like what you are looking for in Win XP is in Device Manager for any specs at all on any device. Here is one that runs off of a CD-R or Thumbdrive and does not load into Windows = SIW 1.60

    http://www3.sympatico.ca/gtopala/siw_download.html
     
  5. raybro

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    Thanks again ozrom1e for the response. SWI 1.60 looks like something I'd be interested in. It's may also be something I'd like to have on CD for use on other friends puter's. As to my fundamental question... You're saying XP has nothing built in to get that info. OK, now I know. 'preciate the input.

    Raybro
     
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    What specs are you looking for? Size of drive? That can be obtain from Explorer. Make of drive? You can get that from the Hardware Manager. If you are adding a second drive, the drive specs of your main drive make no difference UNLESS you are planning to use RAID. Basically, you can install any brand and size as a second hard drive, just makes sure the jumpers are set properly on BOTH drives before connecting them.
     
  7. ozrom1e

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    It does but you are going to work for them. SIW is the cats meow and it tells you things that you will not believe.
     
  8. raybro

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    ozrom1e Got it!! Now thats a nice little prog to have on CD. It will be very useful for my current question and in the future.

    Thanks a bunch... Raybro
     
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    HDD information can be obtained at Start/Run/type "msinfo32" (without the quotations)/OK.
    The System Information window will open. Open COMPONENTS, open STORAGE, click on DISKS. The HDD information will be located in the right pane.
     
  10. raybro

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    Thanks Stallcup... That sounds a lot simpler. I'll check it out next time I'm on my friends 'puter

    Raybro
     
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