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Windows Installing windows XP on a new drive

Discussion in 'Software' started by theflinger, 25 Mar 2005.

  1. theflinger

    theflinger New Member

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    Ok, here's the deal. I've got a 200 GB IDE Seagate drive with windows XP on one partition, and all my data that I want to keep on the other. I have a WD raptor 10K rpm SATA drive sitting and waiting to be installed. I want to install windows XP on it, no cloning, I don't care about the programs that I will lose. I want to start fresh. All the things i want saved, I have saved on the other partition.

    This is my current plan:
    Install SATA hard drive
    Boot into old drive, format and othewise set up the SATA drive
    Boot the valid windows XP cd I have, and install to the SATA drive.
    Boot into SATA windows xp, and hide the partition that holds my old windows. Not gonna delete it just yet.
    Have a party.


    Now my question is, is this method ok, and how do I choose to boot into my SATA drive over my old drive? Both will have windows installed........or should i quickly plug in an old floppy drive and hide the windows partition with a boot floppy of partition magic before I install windows on the SATA?


    Thanks guys!!!
     
  2. moddenmania

    moddenmania New Member

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    i havent got a clue what your saying
     
  3. theflinger

    theflinger New Member

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    thanks for the help :thumb:

    Other people have told me that if I have two drives with windows XP installed on each, I can choose which to boot to (kinda like a bootloader in linux). If so, it's all good.
     
  4. dawie22

    dawie22 New Member

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    right, so you want to install XP an an S-ATA drive. firstly is the Sata onboard or an expantion card, eather way shouldnt make a diff if the bios can boot off it . now what you need to do is to install the drive onto Sata port 1, get a floppy disk with the Sata conroller drivers on (manafucures site), go into the bios and change the boot to:
    1'st=> CD-rom
    2'nd=> Sata

    Then whack the driver floppy disk into the floppy drive, and XP cd into CD-rom, boot into the XP setup, when it first starts it will say somthing bout scsi and sata drivers and to pres F6, press F6, it will go on for a little then ask to select the driver, pres s and it will serch the floppy, then show a list of drivers in the disk, select the right one and press enter, and install normaly, your sata drive should be in the list to install to...

    now the other instulation should not realy be a problem as you have defined to boot off the Sata, just take the IDE out of the boot selection and hide the old partition, if it pops into the Boot list just remove it... hope this helps and party on...


    darv
     
  5. theflinger

    theflinger New Member

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    thanks mate..looks like I will be mounting a floppy temporarily :)

    Thanks again
     
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