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Turn Old Pc Into A File & Print Server


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#1 deanpcmad

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:34 AM

Hey,

I have an old HP PC in the loft which was Windows 98. A friend installed Windows XP on top of the old OS. This PC now doesn't work, so could I partition the drive or get a new HDD and install a clean copy of Windows XP or a different OS?

If so, could I use this PC as a file and print server?

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:32 AM

You can't repartition the drive without destroying the filesystem. So if you have data on that drive that you need to save, then I would not mess with it.

Have you tried doing a repair install of XP? XP is pretty good about updating from 98. Even tho most people will advise a clean install.
Can you boot into safe mode?

If all else fails, you can buy a new hdd and do a clean install of XP leaving your old drive and data intact.
Yes you can use it as a file and print server. I have an XP box that I use for this purpose.
There is not much as far as security (unless you are on a domain) goes using XP this way, but it is possible and quite easy.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 11:55 AM

Please describe "does nor work" Does it boot? Do you hear a single BIOS post beep? Does anything show on the screen?
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 07:56 PM

"You can't repartition the drive without destroying the filesystem."

hhmm, not entirely true. it is possible - google partition magic (or http://www.soft32.com/download_151.html

but as yr-less went on to say

"I would not mess with it."

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Edited by 4ward_tristan, 25 October 2007 - 07:56 PM.

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 07:51 AM

Ok, I guess what I should have said is: it is not possible without 3rd party software. :thumbsup:

Also, I think you can do this with a dynamic disk but that would require a bootable OS. I personally have never done it that way. Even if you could, it is probably more trouble then it is worth.

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