I have newer HP h8-1039 desktop with Win 7 64 bit Home pre-installed with no cd disc / the recovery section partitioned on the drive. I have a brand new in the box HDD I want to add as a second drive and then install Win XP Pro on the new HDD from a XP Pro install cd so I can use this drive just to play older games/older software. I do not want to mess with the Win 7 64 bit drive much and would like to keep it original and have it as my default OS with an option to switch between the 2 drives/OS during a start-up. My original Win 7 64 bit Home is "C" drive and plugged into SATA 1. I have been told to do it this way?:
Step 1--Shut down/ pull original Win 7 64 bit data cable and power cable on SATA 1.
Step 2--Install brand new HDD into SATA 2/ start / insert XP Pro install disc and install it on the new HDD.
Step 3--Shut down again and plug back in the original HDD with Win 7 back into SATA 1 port again.
Step 4--Start up and should have the 2 separate drives with there own OS, one drive the original Win 7 64 bit and one drive with Win XP Pro.
Does that sound right? I am not too savvy so simple is good or if there is something I am overlooking please help as I have been told to do it a couple different ways and confused. Thank You!!
HP h8-1039 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Service Pack 1
AMD Phenom II X6 core
8 G DDR3 Ram
1 TB SATA HDD
1 Gig AMD Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Card
460 Watt Power
New in box Seagate 500gb Sata HDD