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#1 Jove

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:42 PM

I have a slave drive in the Compaq Presario 4403US WXP I am using,
I would like to use it for another PC and want to take it out, . .

First, I want to copy the files to CD's, but I don't want the old systems files,

Can I delete these ? if so can I do it before transferring the files from it ?

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:44 PM

if it is a slave drive then there shouldnt be any OS files on it-unless your dual booting. if there are, all system files can be deleted. you only need to copy the files you wish to keep. In a proper setup, the OS needs to be installed on the primary drive and the slave drive needs to either only hold files or a second OS when dual booting. So the question here is, how is your setup? are you dual booting, did you install your OS to your slave drive?

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:59 PM

No I do not dual boot I am unaware of the meaning, and can only think that dual booting either means two systems are up and the user somehow switches or logs out of one or into the other, . .

if that is not it I afraid I'm at a loss, The OS or part of the OS has somehow remained on the Hard drive that is used for the slave, and is used primarily for storage, at one point I use to keep and update a back up from the primary.

File remaining are like these;
0d5b12c267cde91e476613c2b0f0
the above contains ;
common files
SP1
SP2

and

2fa05cde05871f1d3dd14008ed087806
the above contains;
i386

Windows Folder etc.


By the way;
My intentions regarding the Use of the HD,

is to use it in Dell Tower,

and I want to load in an XP OS

Can I any use of the above OS to do that.

I would think that I would first need to transfer these files to a CD, then if it is possible load these into the system after the HD is formatted.

Edited by Jove, 20 January 2010 - 11:08 PM.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:13 PM

Hook the drive in question up as a slave drive. Transfer the files you want saved. Then when you do a fresh install of the new OS just instruct it to format the drive.

That`s how I would do it anyways.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:26 PM

I didn't think to recall drivers that will need to accompany a WXP download, therefore I guess that it will be rather useless, however I will try to load a DELL WXP SP1 OS in first which I have a CD for.

Anything you might add will be appreciated.

Edited by Jove, 20 January 2010 - 11:27 PM.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:31 PM

ThunderZ,

OK, thats what I was getting at in my last reply, . .

Save the files
Format the Drive,
Install in the DELL as a Primary
Load in the DELL SP1
Upgrade from MS

If that is not correct, Please reply.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:33 PM

That should work.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:39 PM

Is there a way that I can partition the harddrive to allow for a formatted sector of which I can use to load the DELL WXP onto ?

Meaning the files on it now would remain.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:42 PM

Reason I am asking is that some of the files on this are folders

with over 800 MB, that makes it hard to copy to Disc.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:48 PM

If there is enough unused space on the drive to accept another OS then you can create a partition on the unused space when you install XP again. You should then be able to access the data you want saved from the original partition.

Are the contents in those folders data you want saved? If yes, then that is why I suggested that you first slave it to another machine and transfer the needed info.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:55 PM

The drive is already a slave on this PC.

The OS files may or may not be complete, however, . .there are 31 GB of free space.

If I succeed at a partition, then load in the DELL OS WXPSP1 on the formatted partition, I may be able to somehow transfer the SP2 to the newly operating OS,

that may save me hours of downloading this from MS, I'm not sure if SP2 Upgrade is still available, but without it I won't get to SP3.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 12:03 AM

Transferring SP`s will not work.

All updates are still available through MS. I can provide you a legit link to download SP2. It can then be burned to a CD for future use.

Does the optical drive you were going to use to burn files with support DVDs? The will hold over 4 Gigs of data. That is another option. But if you are planning on backing-up OS files, IMO, you are wasting time and resources. It is not as simple as transferring an SP2 folder to an SP1a machine.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 12:05 AM

XP SP2 download.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 12:14 AM

OK, I'll forget about the OS on the drive and delete them,

The CD-RW drive I am using is a ;
Memorex 52 MAXX 3252AJ1v2 DVD/CD-R

I'm not sure if that is what is necessary nor what exactly you mean by 4GB, you aren't speaking of my Maxwell CDRW disc, they only hold I think 700MB


I would like that SP2 D/L link.

I see there is pretty much to read on partitioning, so far I know that the partions if I have two will have to match the files, NTFS I am gonna need to look into the software to do that.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 12:25 AM

OK, I'll forget about the OS on the drive and delete them,


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The CD-RW drive I am using is a ;
Memorex 52 MAXX 3252AJ1v2 DVD/CD-R


You say it is a CD-RW. RW = Read\Write
DVD/CD means it should work with either CDs = a capacity of about 700MB. A DVD will hold 4+Gigs

I would like that SP2 D/L link.


See post #13 in this thread.

I see there is pretty much to read on partitioning, so far I know that the partions if I have two will have to match the files, NTFS I am gonna need to look into the software to do that.


On a fresh install of XP you will be given the option of partitioning and formatting.




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