Installing old 40 Gig harddrive and New 80 Gig harddrive

Installing old 40 Gig harddrive and New 80 Gig harddrive

Post by Sko » Fri, 15 Sep 2006 05:04:02


I would like to take my old 40gig harddrive which has Windows 98SE on it an
make that my slave drive, an put Windows XP&SP2 on my 80 Gig and make that my
master. Is all this possible or am I just going to make a mess of things??
Thanks everyone for your time an help. If it was't for all you an your help I
really be in a mess. Have a good day all.
 
 
 

Installing old 40 Gig harddrive and New 80 Gig harddrive

Post by SmFja » Fri, 15 Sep 2006 05:38:02

That should be fine - in theory. Make sure the computer meets the recommended
system requirements for Windows XP, and that the BIOS supports volumes of
that capacity. Otherwise you should be all set.

 
 
 

Installing old 40 Gig harddrive and New 80 Gig harddrive

Post by pete » Fri, 15 Sep 2006 05:46:25

its not impossible..........but dont expect a dual boot system.
Once you have the 2 drives physically installed and jumpered correctly start
your system with the XP CD in place and watch for the words..press any key
to boot from CD(assuming you have the CD set in the BIOS start up list)
Once XP install starts pick new install and be sure to pick the right
drive(or do not connect the 40 gig till XP is installed)
Once XP is fully installed and operating...connect the 40gig..........and
from within XP format the drive
All programs that were on that disk would now be erased and the disk is
ready to use as you see fit.
If you were aiming to use some of those programs you will need to install
them under XP....you would have had to anyways.

Dual boot....where you are given a choice as to which OS you wish to start
with ..is also possible but requires a different setup.
The 40gig should stay as the master and the 80 gig as the slave.Start
computer with the XP CD ,pick new installation but onto the 80gig drive.XP
will see 98SE on the 40gig,rewrite the bootsector of that drive and install
to where you told it to..the 80gig.
Upon starting up you will be given a choice of which OS to start with.With
XP writing a new boot sector on the 40gig be aware that you cannot format
that drive without losing the ability to boot to both systems......no boot
whatsoever!!! without a Repair Installation of XP.Programs that you
need/want to use under 98SE or XP need to be installed under each OS for
them to work.
Example if you use program A under 98SE,Program B under XP and Program C
under both thats how you need to install them.

I would stick with just XP and format 98SE
peter

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