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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Hard Drive config question

Here in the next week or so my new computer is going to arrive. My wife is getting my current computer. Instead of trying to move all my data from this hard drive to my new computer I would like to just buy my wife a small cheap 80gig HD and put the one from this computer in my new computer as a secondary disk.

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-Currently I'm running XP SP2. New computer coming in will be Vista. Is this gonna make problems?

-My current drive is partitioned into 2. So I have a C: drive and a Z: drive. The new computer I'm sure will probably have a C: drive already. Is this gonna cause a conflict or a problem?

-Is there any other issues I'm gonna have that are gonna bite me in the ass?

-Should I just say screw it and leave it as is and transfer the data that I want on my machine, add another disk later if I end up needing it?

The more I think about it the more I'm leaning towards not screwing with it. Both machines have firewire ports so moving data wouldn't be all that big of a deal I don't guess.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 11:50 AM
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What type of drive is the current one? sata? IDE?

If it's an older IDE it might not hook up to the new one, some new motherboards don't even have an IDE connection anymore, but you could always buy an adapter too.

It would be best to just move the data you need to the new drive.. you can do this a few ways, ie: network connection - drag and drop, or with an external usb type drive.

Your new system will most likely have a sata ro sata2 drive in it which will be much better then the IDE anyway (if that's what you have now).

As far as the drive lettering, that's not an issue, windows will assign the proper drive letters when it starts up with the new drive.



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It is pretty uncommon to find a mobo without an old PATA connector still, so physically you are ok.
It's not an issue to have a drive that was running WinXP in a Vista box. Both use NTFS to format drives, so they are usable in either.
Just make sure in the BIOS of your new mobo, you select the newer hard drive as the first hard drive, or it will try to boot off the old hard disk, and in all likelyhood would cause a blue screen due to the massive hardware differences between the two systems.

Drive letters are not an issue as mentioned above. Your two partitions will be assigned the next available drive letters.


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It is pretty uncommon to find a mobo without an old PATA connector still, so physically you are ok.
It's not an issue to have a drive that was running WinXP in a Vista box. Both use NTFS to format drives, so they are usable in either.
Just make sure in the BIOS of your new mobo, you select the newer hard drive as the first hard drive, or it will try to boot off the old hard disk, and in all likelyhood would cause a blue screen due to the massive hardware differences between the two systems.

Drive letters are not an issue as mentioned above. Your two partitions will be assigned the next available drive letters.
You old XP harddrive will register as D:\ or something. No issues.
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I'm pretty sure the one I have now is SATA... it's a 250gb 7200 bla bla bla. Western Digital I believe. The new computer will have a 250gb drive that's similar.

Thanks for the replies

The only problem I have with moving it over a network connection is that I've got like 50 gig worth of stuff I want to move... might take a while


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depends on speed. I have gigabit all through my house, so moving 50 gigs doesnt take long at all


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