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#1 wmn1

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 01:49 PM

This is how "My Computer" appears now. I DO NOT have a Local Disk  (D:)
31/2 Floppy(A:)
Local Disk  (C:)
Local Disk  (D:)
DVD-RW  Drive (E:)

I have only one HD, an 80 gb WD SATA seen as ( C ).
I wish to add a second HD to my GX620. Right now my computer tells me I all ready have a second HD drive (D). This is not so.  I want to add another 80 gb WD SATA without an OS.

I  then want to install  the same OS  (XP-Pro) on it also.
 I don't know what "My Computer" should show when the 2nd HD is installed.
    BTW I also have a Compaq laptop with Win 7 installed (250 GB).



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 02:01 PM

D: does not necessarily have to be another hard drive. It could be another partition on your hard drive. Open Disk Management. You should see an additional partition labeled D: next to C: on the same disk.



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 05:44 PM

I understand that , but what happens when I install a second HD?



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 05:56 PM

I am not sure I understand what you mean by "what happens:. The hard drive would be labeled E: after you install, partition, and format it. 

 

I don't have the specs but if this Dell is a small form factor I don't know if it's possible to install a second hard drive if a small form factor.



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 09:29 PM

Manual.

 

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:04 PM

You  got it correct.. I just did not know if I should delete the D drive partition or if that was necessary. No problem about a space for 2 HDs.

Thanks ever so much.

Bill



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:15 PM

You don't want to delete D: I believe that may be your factory reset partition.



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:21 PM

The 2nd physical HD can be "wired" to always be drive letter D via Disk Management; that would "force" the 2nd partition on the 1st internal HD to be assigned the next available drive letter.  If that present "D" is the factory restore partition or the System Reserved partition -- consider un-assigning its drive letter, let that partition be hidden.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 01:20 PM

That kinda occurred to me.  Best to be sure. Altho the drive shows nothing, I'll not mess with it. I love my XP..

wmn1 (Bill)....

Thanks again......



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 01:27 PM

...Although the drive shows nothing...

Correct, explorer.exe will not normally show the contents of such partitions.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 03:39 PM

Really confused now....
I just installed a 2nd SATA HD (no OS yet) it's a Seagate 80GB
This is what Belarc Adviser tells me what I have:( I just updated it)

Drives 160.03 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity

147.10 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

Optiarc DVD+-RW ND-3570A [Optical drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

WDC WD1600AAJS-61M0A0 [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAV3E392475, rev 01.03E01, SMART Status: Healthy
Memory Modules c,d 2040 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM_1' has 512 MB (serial number F6163240)
Slot 'DIMM_3' has 512 MB (serial number F6115E49)
Slot 'DIMM_2' has 512 MB (serial number 030C3E36)
Slot 'DIMM_4' has 512 MB (serial number 030C3E1E)
Local Drive Volumes
                
c: (NTFS on drive 0) *     80.00 GB     67.24 GB free         
d: (NTFS on drive 0)     80.03 GB     79.86 GB free         
* Operating System is installed on c:
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"My computer" never changed at all (E:) is the DVD/CD



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 09:08 PM

Let me see, A & B would be the 3.5 floppy drive; E would be the CD-DVD reader/writer; I'm trying to determine which is C and which is D.  With A, B & E being perfectly aok, we're left with C & D.


Edited by RolandJS, 27 January 2017 - 09:09 PM.

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 01:10 PM

Members . I am truly embarrassed to tell you and I hope you forgive me. I have solved my problem.
Stupidly I told all that my 1st HDD was 80 GB. It is in fact 160 GB HDD. I can't believe I screwed up like that by not checking FIRST. Good Grief, I'm so sorry. I do not ever need more than that.
 At 80 yrs it must be time to end my computer experience.

wmn1(Bill)



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 01:29 PM

Nothing to be embarrassed about. It happens to everybody, even the pros. 



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 01:30 PM

wmn1, if that is your mistake of the day, don't worry about it!  Check my posts, I have incompletes and mistakes all over the map.  Remain with computers, you are doing just fine!


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