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New Build Finished, Now What?


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#1 rvflyer556

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 10:37 AM

Hello. I just finished a new build, specifications listed below. I am a computer idiot, and will prove it to you as we go along here. Anyway, I have not turned it on yet.

Specifications:

1-MSI P7N SLI Platinum mobo
2-Q6600 quad core CPU
3-2GB Patriot RAM
4-Coolermaster case
5-650W power supply
6-CD-RW
7-DVD-RW
8-Western Digital 200GB HD
9-Western Digital 80GB HD
10-PNY GeForce 8800 GT 512MB video card

Now my question; the 200 GB hard drive is an old one from my previous computer. It contains WinXP OS, and Flight Sim9, along with other addons. How do I boot this up at start with a "used" hard drive installed? Should I disconnect it first. I have some magazine articles that show how to boot the system at initial start, and then add the disc for the OS. The mobo and HD are SATA connections, and there is nothing on the 80 GB HD, as it is brand new.

Thanks in advance for the help. I am really looking forward to starting this thing up and being able to play with flight sim on my "own" computer in my room. I am also planning on building a generic simulated cockpit. I have 2 monitors at present, hoping to go to a third one soon.

Regards,

Bill

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 11:01 AM

I'm not at my computer to provide you with links but you cannot put a hard drive from another computer with an OS on it and just boot to it. It will not work. You will have to format and reinstall the OS
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Posted 05 August 2008 - 11:28 AM

For best performance, I recommend installing windows from scratch and re-installing everything over specially you got a new computer. You can install a hard-drive with an OS on it already onto a computer but the thing is that you will need to perform a windows repair.

Overall, Id still recommend installing windows from scratch.

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 11:48 AM

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html
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Posted 06 August 2008 - 05:32 PM

Hello. Well, believe it or not, the new flight sim computer is on!!!!! I went in with just the 80GB HD connected and set everything up in the BIOS. I shut it down, connected teh 200GB old HD with my OS on it. It recognized it when I entered BIOS, but when trying to bring WinXP up, it would flicker quickly with the Microsoft logo and go back to the MSI start page to enter BIOS or POST. My next question, should I just give up on the older 200 GB HD and get another one, along with a new OS disc? Or is it worth the trouble to reformat the old HD and start over? All I have left is the WinXP upgrade disc. Again, my main use of this computer is to fly FSX, when I purchase it. Right now I have Flight sim 2004 (FS9). Thanks for the information. Anyone who reads this and is thinking about building...go ahead and build. If I could do it and get it started on the second try anyone can do it!!!

Thanks in advance for the help.

Regards,

Bill

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 03:19 PM

Check the production date on your hard drive. If it is 3 years or older, forget about it. (although Seagates come with 5 years)

At the price of a new hard drive today, it isn't worth taking a risk.

Good luck.


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Posted 22 August 2008 - 02:02 PM

Hello. Well, the hard drive in question was about 5 years old>>>so I scrapped it and got a new WD Caviar 160GB HD from Tiger Direct. Now, a new question, It showes up in the BIOS and CMOS sections, but when I fire up Windows Vista, no luck. I have my 80GB HD as drive C, then the DVD as drive D and the CDRW as drive F. Also, I am not really sure I wantt o have a RAID setup, as this computer is for Microsoft Flight Sim X only. I did go in and down load all updated drivers etc for the mobo, video card and such. Will load them tonight after work. Thanks again for the help. Once I get this thing up I will be bothering everbody here as I get into overclocking...can't wait for that!!!

Thanks again for the help and constructive criticism, I appreciate it.

Bill




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