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Rebooting XP computer with 2 hard drives issue


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#1 juhess88

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:12 PM

I am rebooting my computer which has 2 hard drives C and D.
My D has 30 GB of memory and C has 15. I already reformatted D and installed windows XP on it. I don't want to install windows xp on c since it has limited memory. Is there a way I can erase everything I have on C without having to reinstall windows XP on it??

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:51 PM

Definition of System Partition and Boot Partition - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314470

The system and the boot volumes...are generally the same, as long as XP is installed on the C: partition. Installing XP on anything other than the first partition/drive installed...requires more thought than it merits.

If you are sure that you have XP now installed on the 30GB drive/partition...the smart thing would be to simply see if it will boot without the other drive. That's what I would do. Simply (temporarily) disconnect the 15GB drive and replace it on the connector with the 30GB drive.

If the 30GB drive has XP properly installed, then I would simply add the 15GB file to the connector formerly occupied by the 30GB drive. To remove all files on the 15GB drive, I would then just format the drive, using Disk Management.

Disk Management - http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm

If these are PATA drives (I'm sure they are), then you may also have to adjust the jumpers on each drive before connecting them in their new homes.

http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/cabling/deskstar4.htm

FWIW: Storage containers are hard drives, they are not RAM/memory. A 30GB hard drive provides 30GB worth of storage.

RAM/memory is something totally different. A typical system will have 1-4GB of RAM installed. The RAM does the actual computing work...before depositing files onto the hard drive for storage/future retrieval.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 02:35 PM

wow thanks so much. I am still going through everything.

Well, before I read this, I decided to reformat C by installing XP again. And I still have this problem: In my program files on C, there are still folders from before I reformatted my computer! I thought this reboot thing using the XP cd was supposed to completely wipe the computer clean. So if you could explain that to me I'd appreciate it.

Also, I was referring to 30 GB of storage. I know the difference between that and RAM. I'm not that novice (;

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 04:55 PM

How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install (Stevens) - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

A repair install leaves data files which existed...intact. System files are replaced, any critical updates since the level of the CD used...are removed and have to be reinstalled.

XP Clean Install, Stevens - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

A clean install deletes previous install, reformats partition, and then installs new XP.

If you are using recovery CDs issued by a computer manufacturer...none of these instructions apply. These are written for Microsoft XP install CDs.

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