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I want to install Windows XP on my IDE 2nd HD

Right now windows is setup with C:\ as my 160gb sata drive, I want to use the sata for games only and make my 2nd IDE hd my boot/data drive... I have data on the IDE that I wish to keep copied from my sata, but my sata can be wiped clean with no issues. What is the proper way to do this so that my sata shows as F:\ and my IDE as C:\ ? both are set as masters one in the sata channel and the other ide channel. Thank you for your time.

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    Chris Hoven Jan 07, 2009

    Great! Thank you so much, I knew it wasn't a seriously difficult
    process I just wanted to be sure I did it right the first time and not
    end up with a system I couldn't boot at all. Cheers and again thank you!

  • Chris Hoven
    Chris Hoven Jan 07, 2009

    Wait sorry that won't work I don't think because winxp is installed on my c: drive (sata) right now, if I backup the data from the IDE onto the sata and then install windows on the ide I think it will still put the boot core files on the c: drive therefor setting up a dual boot but I only want one boot... should I disconnect the sata from my system and install windows on the ide then reconnect the sata transfer what I need and then format the sata? wondering if this process would cause boot errors?


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- sata has no master
- i presume u want the OS on the ide drive, and not just that the ide drive to have "C" assigned to it! So : 1 - U can copy the data form the ide to the sata, and then reinstall the OS on the ide (note: the OS will start up a bit slower do to the slower ide drive !!!) and so it will become the C drive ! And u can assign to the sata what ever letter u wish...

2- if u don't want to reinstall the os u can do a copy of the os and put it on the ide drive(not just copy the files !! it will not work!!!). U cold use clonezilla for example... But probably the first method wold be safer ....

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  • Cisf Jan 07, 2009

    when u;ll install the OS, it will ask u where to install it ! U will chose the drive u want (the ide) and the partition u want on it (if there are more than one ...)

    U can also remove the sata and do the install without it ! (if by chance (very rarely ) when u remount the sata drive the os from it will boot, remove it and remount it again, or do a restart, and the one on ide will boot... than u can delete the old os and have mo more possible issues)


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