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#1 lurkynot

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 09:31 AM

what is the best way repartition an extra hard drive with 2 primary partitions then install Xp on each?

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 09:53 AM

If by "extra", you mean that you will attach it to the motherboard via a motherboard connector...yes, that can be done.

Use the XP CD to...no, first decide how large you want each partition to be...then use the XP CD to create/format the first partition. After that is done, use the XP CD to create the second partition.

Both partitions must be set up as primary partitions, not extended or logical partitions.

After both partitions are done, then you will be given the option of booting into either install (at boot).

Not sure if "extra" means external to you. But I don't think that anyone can install XP on an external hard drive, there seems to be no consensus opinion on whether such will work.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=i...l+hard+drive%3F

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 09:56 AM

If the hdd is blank us the XP CD to format and set up the two partitions, you will set the size of the partitions as well. Then just choose the partition that you want the XP installed on and go from there. This article explains how to install Windows, I would recommend not following the advice regarding updating the BIOS unless you are having problems with it.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:36 AM

My intent was to start with the new HD and load 2 primary partitions and copies of Xp. Then recover the files from my original HD.

When using the Xp disc where in the reinstall will it allow me to define the partition configuration I am looking to setup?

Does it ask to add additional partitions after the initial partition is made as the primary?

Thanks for the help

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:44 AM

The tutorial that the link I provided address partitioning. The set up process will walk you through the installation, and when you get to the process of partitioning the hdd you will be asked if you wish to do this, and then you will have to choose the size of the partition. Once this is done it will ask you if you want to make a partition on the remaining space.

Why are you wanting to install XP on both partitions? You only need the one.

If both hdds are PATA (or IDE) you can install the new hdd as the master and the old hdd as the slave and transfer your files from the old drive to the new one by dragging and dropping them.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 11:17 AM

I have Media Center which uses a video card with an old driver and works flawlessly. After updating the video card driver for better graphics performance editing HD video the Media Center has become very unstable and I use this media program alot.

After reinstalling the original copy from the OEM I have indeed verified the updated driver as being the culprit. Hence configuring a dual boot setup which will theoretically allow switching at reboot for the application required.




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