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Installing Xp

By Brye2911 ·
I have bought a new hard drive and, I want to make this new hard drive a master and the old one a slave. Also, I want to use both hard drives at the same time.

Is it possible to copy all the files and programs to the new hard drive from the old one? Basically, when this is all and done with, will the desktop and all the settings be just the way I left it?

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by TheChas In reply to Installing Xp

I have not done this on a drive with a NTFS file system, so I don't know if it works.

I normally use Western Digital hard drives, and copy the old drive to the new drive using their setup utility. I suspect that other manufactures have similar utilities for their drives.

If you use the drive manufactures setup utility in manual mode, you can copy entire partitions from your old drive to your new drive.

Make sure that you can boot off of the new drive and that your files are intact before formatting the old drive.

Once you have the drive setup, it is fairly easy to have 2 hard drives.

Set the jumpers on the new drive (if that is the drive you want to boot from) to Master with Slave present.

Set the jumpers on the second drive to Slave.

Connect the drives to the Primary IDE controller.

When you boot up, enter BIOS setup and make sure that ALL drives are properly detected.

With XP, try to limit the number of system changes that you make at 1 time.
Just changing the hard drive should not trigger a product activation event.
However, if you change your network card, video card, amount of RAM, or CPU at the same time, you could trigger a product activation event.
If you do, worst case is that you will need to cal Microsoft and re-activate your copy of XP over the phone.

One final thought, I have the best luck when both hard drives on the same IDE channel (cable) are made by the same manufacture.


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by sfc_gijoe In reply to Installing Xp

Just make sure when copying the image over you are going to a larger drive or partition. From Microsoft: "Applying an image created on a larger disk to a smaller disk is not recommended when you are using the NTFS file system because NTFS keeps information in its own metafiles about the size of the volume and location of its NTFS metadata. Allowing the disk-imaging software to extend or shrink the volume may compromise the NTFS file system's integrity."

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by eric.cribbs In reply to Installing Xp

I would recommend making the new HD the master and the old one the slave.

Then use a disk imaging program (like Powerquest/Symantec's Drive Image, or Norton's Ghost) to "image" the old HD to the new one.

This will make an exact copy of the old drive onto the new one. Turn on your PC and the new HD will be the boot device. Once you are into Windows use Disk Administrator to format you old HD.

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