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Okay, today I recieved my new seagate 80g sata hard drive. I want to install windows on the new drive, but keep my 160gb IDE hard drive as a backup and to move my files onto the new sata hard drive. Is this possible? And how would I go about doing this?
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Yes, it is possible, just unoplug the IDE drive, plug in the SATA and plug the SATA power connector in as well, turn on the machine, insert the windows xp disc and just install as you would normally, when windows completes and you get everything installed, turn off the computer, plug the IDE back in and there ya go .
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Yes, it is possible, just unoplug the IDE drive, plug in the SATA and plug the SATA power connector in as well, turn on the machine, insert the windows xp disc and just install as you would normally, when windows completes and you get everything installed, turn off the computer, plug the IDE back in and there ya go .
Okay, I'll give it a try. I didn't know if I needed to specially set it up or something. Thanks.
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you shouldnt have to, just make sure your SATA ports are enabled in the BIOS and change it to boot from CD.
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Will the OS on the older drive conflict with the new os on the new sata...because i plan on doing this also..?
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post #6 of 9
No it will not, as soon as you transfer files and such, you can format the old drive with windows on it or use a partitioning program and move ALL files to that new partition that youd like to keep and format the old windows partition, then combine the partition again.
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ok thanks..
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post #8 of 9
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Well, its all done. Everything worked flawlessly, thanks metalkobra. And pbasil1, as long as you set which HD you want to boot in the BIOS you'll be fine.
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anytime.
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