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Bad Xp, Can I Make That Hd Secondary, Put New One In?

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#1 sonhouse


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Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:53 PM

I have to reinstall XP Pro, but have a BUNCH of pgm's and data.
Can I take the old drive which is good according to Norton Disk Doctor and make it a slave,
buy a new HD and hit the reinstallation disk with it, reload XP and with the old drive the slave,
still open and use apps? Its a Dell Dimension about 4 yrs old now, 2.4 Ghz, 1/2 gig ram,
120 Gig HD.

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:55 PM

In this situation you will have to reinstall the programs on the working version of Windows, in your new hard drive.

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 10:29 PM

Use the HD manufacturer's software to transfer everything from the old drive to the new or image the new drive instead of a fresh install.

Edited by Enthusiast, 13 February 2006 - 10:30 PM.

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 12:16 AM

I'm not sure that the manufacturer's application will do this and save your Program Files. Otherwise there'd be no market for what I use, which is Acronis True Image, or for that matter, Norton Ghost. Perhaps someone who has more experience will add to this.



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Posted 14 February 2006 - 12:46 AM

You may wanna buy a new hard disk, install new OS then transfer the files from the old to the new ones. No point having one as slave and the other as primary. it might sound easier but there may be conflict. Another way is to partition the new hard disk.

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Posted 15 February 2006 - 10:13 AM

You won't be able to access the programs on the slave driver from the new install on the master drive (different security descriptors cause this) - even if the account names and passwords are the same.

You could dual-boot to a copy of Windows on the master and to the copy on the slave - this would solve your problem. But, being XP, you'd have to buy another copy to be legal (and updated).

Have you tried running SFC.EXE /SCANNOW from the Run dialog?
Have you tried a repair install? Instructions here: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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