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Installing Windows on new hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by royindfw, Nov 3, 2007.

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  1. royindfw

    royindfw Thread Starter

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    It used to be that you could not have a slave hard drive with a winows installation on it, i.e. 2 hard drives with windows files on both. Is there any way to get the windows files completely off my present hard drive, change the jumpers to make it a slave and then install a new version of windows on a new hard drive. I could then use the old hard drive (now the slave) as a source to transfer all my old data files, etc., to my new hard drive after reinstalling all my programs on the new drive??? Just re-reading all this, now I'm confused :) . Hope you can understand what I'm trying to accoomplish. Thx
     
  2. Soundy

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    There's nothing stopping you from switching your current drive to a slave, installing a new master, then installing Windows to that master. I've done that plenty of times. If you really want to be safe, leave the old drive unplugged until Windows is installed on the new drive, then plug the old drive in as slave.
     
  3. royindfw

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    One time with Win ME or 98 (few years back), I tried to boot up with windows installed on the slave, and it wouldn't allow it because of those files. Did that change with Win XP? If so, that sounds like a really easy way to transfer all of your data to the new hard drive.
     
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    Cloning 98SE with the old Drive Image program I use requires that you restart with the original and clone (set as master and slave respectively) both connected. I've never had any hiccups with that, despite always specifying that the source partition NOT be hidden.
    In the same process using Ghost on XP, I've had the New Hardware Found Wizard getting a bit twitchy at times but it always capitulates in the end. :D
     
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