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Build Advice Can these HD be used in my pc?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Whitlog, 19 May 2009.

  1. Whitlog

    Whitlog What's a Dremel?

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    I have 2 old Western Digital WD1200 ATA Hard drive from my old system which had a Asus P5n-e sli mobo

    I was curious If I would be able to put them in my new system which has a Asus P5N-E SLI mobo

    Also From what I recall the 2 hard drives are running xp but my current sytem is windows vista home prem 64

    Thanks
     
  2. Madness_3d

    Madness_3d Bit-Tech/Asus OC Winner

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    Your Question is Ambiguous, you are moving from a P5N-E? or to a P5N-E?
    Either way there should be no reason why you cant plug them in, open ports providing.
    wont necessarily be able to boot of the xp drive but a repair install could get it going.
    if you could just clarify / expand on your question? (although i think the answer is yes)
     
  3. Whitlog

    Whitlog What's a Dremel?

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    bah sorry, typo, I meant to say they came from a system that had a gigabyte K8NSNXP -939 mobo

    was just curious if they would be compatiable with my new sytem and also the best way to get them working since I run vista but they have xp on them

    or could I have hem set up as a dual boot maybe?
     
  4. Slizza

    Slizza beautiful to demons

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    Yes you can you will need to format the drives first though before you can use them as storage.
    You can not dual boot xp and vista from 2 seperate drives.

    *thinks* at least i'm pretty sure you can't.
     
  5. Whitlog

    Whitlog What's a Dremel?

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    oh ok thank

    so how would it be best to go about this, would I just hook them up and then format or disconnect my main drive first then add the other 2 and format etc

    sorry for the questions, never attempted this before as you can see :)
     
  6. Slizza

    Slizza beautiful to demons

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    You can just hook them right up to your system as it is and format them then.
     
  7. Whitlog

    Whitlog What's a Dremel?

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    great, thanks for the help
     
  8. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

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    You can do that absolutely fine.

    Any reasons why it wouldn't be possible?
     
  9. oasked

    oasked Stuck in (better) mud

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    I boot Windows Vista from one drive, and 7 from the other. Before that, I had XP on one drive and Vista on the other - so yes you can. :p
     
  10. Slizza

    Slizza beautiful to demons

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    In a "dual boot" scenario or are you changing the first boot device in bios every time?
     
  11. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    nope the boot.ini file with in the primary OS will contain what you could call a shortcut to the other drive, allowing any other OS's on the system to be accessed.

    You can install an OS anywhere, and then redirect the boot.ini to it.
     
  12. Slizza

    Slizza beautiful to demons

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    Thanks, i was not entirely sure when i answered that one. (made that clear though)
     

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