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Question about dual hard drives...

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by janragan, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. janragan

    janragan Thread Starter

    Jun 26, 2003
    My mother board finally died last week and rather than replace it on a 6 yr old system I bought a Dell refurb.... anyway, my question is can I do the following and where would I find info on how best to do it?
    The old computer had a 6 mo old 120g Seagate HD with W2KPro on it (plus all my 'stuff'). The newer one has a 40g drive and XPPro. I had the builder add the 120g to the system and it is as "E" drive. It is accessed through My Computer. Here's the problem... I have resisted changing from W2K but have decided that the XP probably is better at this point. What I would like to do is set up XP on the 120g as the primary, booting drive and use the 40g for back-up. I am not totally computer illiterate but wonder how complicated this will be. Naturally...I would like to save the old data and also transfer the new data with all the updates, etc., if it is possible and doesn't take a rocket scientist to do it :confused:
    I would also like to install my CD burner along with the one that came with the system. I have swapped one out before but never added one. I could use some help there as well.
    Thanks to anyone brave enough to help me tackle this...:eek:
  2. ozrom1e


    May 15, 2006
    First step is to backup all of the important data from the computer to another media like CD-R's, DVD, or thumb drive. Once this is done and then you can get the drives changed around so the 120 Gb is the main drive for drive C:\ and the 40 Gb is the other drive.

    Here is an article that might help with the hard drive placement

    Illustrated How to Replace a Hard Drive

    After this all you have to do is make sure that both of the hard drives get formatted and then do a clean install of your windows XP.
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