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I put a new larger hard drive in my computer and now I want to put my old hard drive (60GB) in an elderly ladies computer as this is much larger than the one she is now using. What do I have to do to the 60GB drive so that her computer will accept it. Do I format it from my computer then move it to her computer. How do I copy the files over to the 60GB drive. When I did my new drive, it had a program with it that I used but I don't have a program for the 60GB drive. It's an old HP computer 1.6Ghz, 1GB ram running XP

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  • dburdue Jun 19, 2009

    Thanks for responding to my question. I want to ultimately end up with one hard drive (60GB) in Glenys' computer. This is the drive that I am taking out of my computer. What do I need to do to this drive before I remove it from my computer so that it will be accepted by Gleny's? Then what do I need to do once I put it into her computer so that it will recognize it so I can install the operating system? Is there a cheap transfer program that I can buy to transfer the files? or is there a better solution?

    Thank you so much for your help.


  • dburdue Jun 19, 2009

    Thank you so much for that explanation. I will stop here for the time being and go work on installing the operating system. If I still have problems I'll contact you again. Since it is nearly 8pm it will be tomorrow evening before I'll know if I need more help or not.

    Thanks so much. At least now I think maybe there is hope for completing this project.


  • dburdue Jun 19, 2009

    Yes, I believe it will be. I haven't been able to work through his suggestions yet but I'll contact him later if I have anymore problems.



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IF you are replacing the old drive with the new drive and you will remove the old smaller drive from the computer, then the windows and all programs will have to be installed again.

Or if you keep both hard drives in the computer you can have it as a 2nd hard drive, but it would be recommended to replace the old drive and have this new one in its place.

You will need a windows xp setup cd, which you will use to install windows into the computer / new hard drive ones you have replaced it, then ones the setup is complete, you will need to install drivers for the computer (from the makers website with the model details) Then you will need to install the programs that she needs back into the computer, you can copy important files from the old hard drive into the new one but all programs need to be installed again for them to work properly.

Any questions or if you need anything else let me know.

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  • Ekse Jun 19, 2009


    you don't need to do anything, just take the drive and place it on the old ones place, if the computer is too old it might not work with the new drive, it being too big for it to understand, a bios update might solve that problem.

    Ones you have the drive in the machine, all you need is the windows installation cd ( windows xp cd )

    you start from the cd and install windows, the setup will format the drive at one point and then begin to install windows xp into it. it will ask a few questions and eventually it will be complete.

    To transfer files from a hard drive to another, have them both connected to the computer and you can browse into the other one and copy files from there into the other.

    it is best to install all the programs again instead of trying to transfer installed programs, it can cause problems. so I recommend that you only copy files that are needed, pictures etc. but not the programs, look what programs she has and download them from the internet.

    here is basically how windows is isntalled with the windows cd

    When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your
    screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

    not then the computer is not set to start up from a cd, you can either
    enter the setup / bios to change that setting OR right when you power
    up the computer look at the screen it will say what button to press in
    order to enter boot menu or bios, it will very likely be button F12 or similar, it should say on the screen when you power on.

    if it doesn't, then you need to go into the bios and change the boot order so that the computer starts from the CD first.

    after that you should be able to start from the cd and install the OS (Operating system, eg.Windows)

    here's some info on how to work the bios:

    Anything else that would need clarification?

    ps. if you put two hard drives into a computer and they are on the same IDE cable, the other drive needs to be set as slave and the other as master, its a simple jumper pin change, the settings read on top of the hard drive or in the bottom like on this hard drive:

  • Ekse Jun 19, 2009

    you could go ahead and click on the accept button, if you have any problems or need more help you can get me with email:

    I will be available tomorrow and probably on the weekend also so that is not a problem.



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