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Installing XP on drives with content

By elrsmith ·
I have two hard drives that I moved to a new computer. Neither has Windows on it. Both have content (to include applications) because I used them on a previous computer as adjunct drives. Now I purchased a new copy of Windows XP Home version for the new computer (I still have the "old" computer in use and therefore the "old" copy of Windows XP. If I install XP Home on one of the two drives will it overwrite all that is on it?

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To my knowledge, Yep

by Tig2 In reply to Installing XP on drives w ...

So slave the drive to another computer, transfer the data to a location all its own, install XP. Take the HDD back as a slave (or use a USB drive or burn a CD) and put your apps back where you found them.

Yes I know that this creates levels of complexity that you probably don't want to deal with. Only problem is that installing XP- unless you have a fresh partition- will toast your existing data.

I am certain that there are other ways to pull this off. That is the one I have used.

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Don't format it

by jmiguy In reply to Installing XP on drives w ...

As long as you don't reformat it, the other data should be fine. Applications won't work though unless they are reinstalled. If the drive was originally formatted with NTFS the new XP install should assign new SID's to all of the old files.

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