Thread: Adding another HDD
October 19th, 2003, 01:35 AM #1
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- Phoenix, Arizona
Adding another HDD
I'm rebuilding our PC and am adding a 200GB HDD (Western Digital 7200 rpm).
Also, I just bought WinXP Home (complete version)
I like to use the new drive as the master and the old one (16 GB-7200 rpm) as slave.
I like to transfer the contents of the old drive onto the new one.
Problem: The old drive has the Win98SE on it.
Would it cause any problem to just transfer the programs, etc. without the OS to the new drive?
I hope that I have explained my question correctly.
Do you think that I could just transfer portions of the old drive?
October 19th, 2003, 02:06 AM #2
yeah you can transfer it minus the OS no problem. just don't copy the the windows folder. one thing to note is that the programs you copy more than likely will not work (because they store information in the registry and sometimes add dlls and other things to the windows directory), so you'll prolly have to reinstall those.
EDIT: also don't transfer any files in the root directory either (you don't want those overwritten on your new primary hd as windows can't work w/o their sepcific version)
October 19th, 2003, 02:07 AM #3
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- Seattle, WA
If you're asking if you can transfer programs from one os to another, no.
October 19th, 2003, 03:16 AM #4
The voices in my head are telling me to type this. Take it for what it's worth.
1) A HDD over 130 Gigs or so needs a seperate controller card.
2) Western Digital usually has a floppy disk utility with their new drives to "Ghost" the old hard drive to the new one.
3) Backing up the files, documents, and settings on the old drive and reinstalling on Windows Xp is probably a better way.
4) Best way to go IMO: Install and format the new drive, Install windows XP. Set the jumpers on the old one to slave. Copy the files you want to the new drive. Reinstall all programs you want on the new drive. Finally, reformat the old drive and then use it to back up the new data.
5) files and settings will transfer, programs (applications) wil not. They need to be re-installed.
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