Changing computer configurations

By crwilcox ·
I am a novice to much of what I should know before getting any big ideas like this. I am building a new computer for my father. His old one was running a 40GB HDD with three partitions on it; C drive (~17gb)was Windows 2000 pro; D drive (~17gb)was an install of linux Freespire 2; third partition (~4gb) was a storage disk formatted for the Windows data. There is also a 15GB slave drive that was all data storage, formatted in fat32.
The new setup is built on a Compaq computer, using a WD 40GB drive as C:, loaded with a new install of Windows Vista Home Basic version. The 15GB drive was added as a slave, and works with the setup. My question is, is it possible to add the original 40 GB drive also, and keep the Freespire OS intact on the second partition of the third hard drive, and make a multi boot for either the Vista or the Freespire? (Original Windows 2000 partition has already been wiped) The Vista OS does not recognize any partitions on the third HDD (40GB), as they are not formatted to fat or NT. Perhaps the only option will be wiping the third drive and reinstalling Freespire, but I hate to wipe out the settings and data.

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Buy a USB drive case for the 40 gig and then boot from it....

by robo_dev In reply to Changing computer configu ...

you may need to fiddle with that drive to get it to boot from the correct partition, but that would be the simplest approach.

I would not install two older drives inside the PC. They are bound to be noisy, take too much power, and will fail at some point, making the machine less reliable.

Keep it simple. My experience with doing multi-boot partitions has been that they are more trouble than they are worth. Just put one OS on a hard drive, slap it in a USB drive case, and plug it in if you want that OS.

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Good advice

by seanferd In reply to Buy a USB drive case for ...

Using the drive internally, you need to reconfigure the Linux bootloader (LILO, GRUB, or similar), and that bootloader would need to be on the primary drive, as it will let you choose the OS. Windows bootloaders are not as flexible.

I think robo_dev's advice is the best way to go.

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