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SETTING UP A NEW HARD DRIVE

IF YOU BUY A LARGE ENOUGH HARD DRIVE (160GB OR BIGGER) ITS A GOOD IDEA TO PARTITION IT INTO AT LEAST TWO DRIVES. (50GB FOR WINDOWS AND WHATS LEFT FOR BACKUP)
IN DOING THIS YOU INSTALL WINDOWS ON THE PRIMARY PARTITION AND THE SECOND PARTITION WOULD BE USED TO BACK UP YOUR FILES AND APPLICATIONS LIKE PICTURES, MUSIC AND SO ON. THIS WAY IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO YOUR WINDOWS INSTALL YOUR PICTURES AND MUSIC WOULD STILL BE SAFE ON THE BACK UP PARTITION. AS LONG AS THE HARD DRIVE IT SELF DOES NOT FAIL (HARDWARE FAILURE) YOUR FILES SHOULD REMAIN UNTOUCHED AND SAFE.
THIS WILL WORK ON BOTH DESKTOPS AND LAPTOPS.

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I bought a new WD1600BEVS drive to go in a laptop but when I put it in and try to install Windows XP it only shows 54GB available out of the 160GB on the drive.


Tell the Windows Install to DELETE the current partition.
Then, tell it to create a new partition, and it will use the entire 160GB.

Sep 18, 2010 | Western Digital Scorpio WD1600BEVS 160 GB...

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how to make partation in new hard disc using window xp


Hello sir and Windows user, setting up Windows on your hard drive is easy, but there is a better way to setup Windows so you will never have problems later, like back up and searching for flash drives (especially XP users), So before you start setting up Windows, I suggest you partition your hard drive to 2 (or 3) partition, one for the system (usually this is drive C:), one for your data (this is drive D:). Partitioning simply divides your hard drive to several sections, the main advantage is in case your windows system goes bad, or get infected by a virus, you can easily back up your important documents, simply copy all your important files to drive D: (drive D: is not erased if you setup Windows on drive C:)

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for example:
To create a partition, on an XP setup, using a 160GB hard drive, divide your 160GB Hard Drive to 2, Press C to create a partition see picture. 80GB for windows system files and 80GB for data files.

Never setup the entire Windows on drive C: alone. create 2 partition. So before you choose where to setup Windows, there is an option to create another partition, input how much storage space you need for the partition in our example 80GB on a 160 GB drive. then proceed to setup Windows on drive C:. (at this point there are two drives, C: and D:)

On Windows Vista, the backup is automatic, but then again, its much wiser to partition your hard drive.

Sep 10, 2010 | Maxtor Hard Drive

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I'm trying to re-intall windows xp from CD on an Acer Aspire 3680 but the screen shows a disabled "Install Windows XP" choice. Could you explain why and how to get around it?


Be sure your laptop is set to boot to the cd drive. You'll have to press a key to boot to cd, when prompted to do so. I always delete all the partitions, if I want a good, clean install. Then I would create a partition. The size and quantity of partitions depends on the size of your hard drive. If you have a 160GB drive or larger, I would create at least one partition that was 50GB in size and use it for the XP(install) partition. This will help with system performance and stability. Be sure to use the complete format and not the "Quick Format".


Hope this helps you.

Jan 20, 2010 | Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop

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trying too dual boot xp pro on toshiba tecra m5. conflict image of original xp pro, in slim select bay hdd. Need help with settings so as the same op system can be used on both drives.Any help would be greatly appreceiated.


in order to dual boot something.... you need to partition the hard disk... if there's only 1... you need a program that will create another partition from drive C...
for example the size of your Hard disk(drive C) is 160gb
you need a program that will split 160gb into 2 it should come out and you will have now two drives (C & D) with a size of 80gb each...(It depends on how large you want the other drives to have)...

the program is called Partition Magic 8.0 if you want that program.. i can send it to you... just contact me in my yahoo messenger... derick_10_02@yahoo.com

now it's time to install the Windows XP in each drive then you'll have a dual boot... or you can install Windows Vista on the other drive... so therefore you'll have Windows Xp and Windows Vista in one PC...

hope it will help you... tnx

Jun 07, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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didnt create a second partition


Right click on my computer and go to Manage, the Disk Managment, you should see you 2nd partition there just right click on it and choose format.


Hope this helps,
david

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Mar 16, 2009 | EliteGroup ECS GeForce6100SM-M (1.0)...

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