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.
Moved from System Building to Internal Hardware.