Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:23 PM
I recently recovered from a BSOD problem stemming from a bad graphics card. In the mean time I obtained XP Pro and several 1TB Western Digital drives, so I installed that OS, and just parked my old hard drive (XP home). Everything is running fine right now with my new install of XP Pro, but I have questions about my old hard drive. I would like to save my old hard drive, I have copied the files I use most, but I am sure that there is something that I am forgetting. Some people have suggested "cloning" the old drive to a partition on my new hard drive. I remember reading somewhere that more than one copy of Windows on the same machine can do bad things. If I clone the drive, will I also transfer my old OS, and would this cause a problem? If cloning presents a problem, do I just copy all files and NOT copy the Windows file?
Also, if I just transfer files and not do a full clone, should the partition be logical or primary. I believe that a primary partition includes an OS, but a logical does not...and can be read from an OS on another device.