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#1 octoberWind73

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 02:59 PM

Greetings,

My plan it to install an old Maxtor HDD from a Dell computer I used years ago (The computer is long gone but I still have the HDD). My hope is copy any old files of interest from the Maxtor HDD to my current HDD (Western Digital). Then reformat the Maxtor HDD and install another OS on it (a flavor of linux). My current system specs are in my signature. Here is some info on the HDD I wish to add: Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9, 80GB SATA/150 HDD.

I have installed HDDs before but never multiple HDDs in one computer. My problem is that I am not sure how to tell the OS (WinXP) to boot as normal. The Maxtor HDD also has XP installed on it. I *think* I can force it to boot to my current HDD by setting the "boot order" in the BIOS.

How do I install the Maxtor HDD without having my system boot to the OS on the Maxtor HDD?

I would also like to install an old graphics card. My current system uses an integrated graphics card (SiS 760). The SiS 760 doesn't have dedicated memory, it uses the RAM. The amount of RAM used is set in the BIOS. Currently it uses 64MB (the options are 32MB, 64MB, and 128MB). My hope is to install a graphics card and free up the 64MB (I only have 512MB RAM total). Info on the graphics card I wish to add: GeForce Series 2, GF2MX400S64SAGP.

Will installing the graphics card free up some memory for me? Will the GFX card cause my system performance to be worse?

Can my 300W power supply handle a second HDD and a GFX card?

Any answers or input would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by hamluis, 01 October 2011 - 09:39 AM.
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#2 killerx525

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 08:37 PM

You would have to choose the operating system on the WD drive when it gives you two options from which hard drive you want to boot from. When installing the graphics card it will free up memory because the onboard not relying on the ram. It shouldn't cause your system performance to be worse but it should improve it. A 300W power supply can power the graphics card and second hard drive up because of the low power consumption for both of them.

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 02:44 PM

Thank you for the response.

I installed the graphics card first. The computer recognized it and booted up with no problems. Normally "System Properties" reports that I have 448MB of RAM, now it reports 512MB. Initially the screen resolution was funky, but I fixed that issue by downloading the drivers from the NVIDIA website.

A few hours ago I attempted to install the Maxtor 80GB SATA HDD. But I don't have an extra SATA cable (which is hilarious to me considering I have enough IDE ribbon cables for 10 computers). So I installed a 30GB Western Digital IDE HDD that I found instead.

As of now, everything is working. But during the process of installing the graphics card and 30GB HDD there were two anomalies*.

1) I am not given the option to boot to the newly installed HDD in the "boot menu". Normally, when my computer boots up I am presented with a menu with two options: 'Windows XP' and a 'Recovery Console' (I am paraphrasing). I believe this boot menu appears because I used MSCONFIG to stop some items from auto-loading at startup. I was expecting 'Windows 2000' to be added to this menu (Win2k is the OS on the HDD I installed). It isn't an issue just an oddity to me.

2) After initially installing the IDE HDD, there was in issue. The system booted but before displaying the login screen I was greeted with a blue screen. The blue screen wasn't a "Blue Screen Of Death" that I had seen before (no error code). The screen only said that an error had occurred and that the computer needed to be restarted.

After successfully booting into safe mode, I booted the computer as I normally do and logged in. A pop-up window informed me that Windows had just recovered from a serious error and asked if I would like to send a report. After clicking yes, windows opened my web browser and linked me to a page which stated that the error occurred because my video card doesn't support the required version of DirectX. The documentation at the NVIDIA website states that my video card supports DirectX 7 (the version running on my computer is DirectX 9.0c). I ran DxDiag and under the Display tab there were no problems reported (even after running the DirectDraw and Direct3D tests). At this point I am just going to wait and see what happens. If there are problems in the future due to my video card I'll just remove it.

Thanks again for the assistance.

*Hah! I think that is the first time I ever used the word (form of the word) "anomaly". All those years of watching Star Trek have finally paid off.
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Posted 29 September 2011 - 07:41 PM

Get a SATA cable for the hard drive you wanted to use and see what happens.

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