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#1 emstexasusa

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 02:49 AM

Need some advice on how to proceed.

We have a dual boot XP Pro/98 standalone-no network.

C drive = Win98---Fat32---30 GB
D drive = empty—Fat32---30 GB
E drive = XP Pro—NTFS—80 GB
F drive = no OS---NTFS----80 GB

The current XP installation is a mess, due to a variety of issues (hdwe, software, registry hacking). I’ve lost track the number of repair installs done. My husband and I are the only users; our data is on the same drive as XP. There is so much data that I don’t want to even try to back it up. Also, we need to update the bios.

If I install (parallel) XP on the D drive (need to convert FAT32 to NTFS), will we be able to move the data from the original XP install to the new XP install?

Another alternative---since the current D drive is only 30 GB, I was considering replacing it with a new larger drive. Is there a way to move our data files (mostly Word, Excel, and pictures to the new drive, then reformat the E drive and do a clean install and still be able to access the data that was moved using the original installation?

Assuming that we keep both XP’s on separate drives, is there a way that both can access/share data files??

Should the bios update (flash) be done first??

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 05:46 AM

Need some advice on how to proceed.

We have a dual boot XP Pro/98 standalone-no network.

C drive = Win98---Fat32---30 GB
D drive = empty—Fat32---30 GB
E drive = XP Pro—NTFS—80 GB
F drive = no OS---NTFS----80 GB

The current XP installation is a mess, due to a variety of issues (hdwe, software, registry hacking). I’ve lost track the number of repair installs done. My husband and I are the only users; our data is on the same drive as XP. There is so much data that I don’t want to even try to back it up. Also, we need to update the bios.

If I install (parallel) XP on the D drive (need to convert FAT32 to NTFS), will we be able to move the data from the original XP install to the new XP install?


Move the data yes. Move programs no. I am answering a question you did not ask in case you need to know this information. Programs have to be installed unlike data. The program is embedded in windows. You just cannot simply move it.
The data on the other hand can be transferred any wheres there is a compatible partition.
What I would do is what you describled, except I would keep my data on a separate partition. This way if you have to reinstall XP or 98 all you will have to do is the installation with out worrying about transferring file.
Open up two windows. One is where your files\folders are at, and one where you want them to be. Then just click, drag, and drop. Entire folders, not just files, can be done this way.

Another alternative---since the current D drive is only 30 GB, I was considering replacing it with a new larger drive. Is there a way to move our data files (mostly Word, Excel, and pictures to the new drive, then reformat the E drive and do a clean install and still be able to access the data that was moved using the original installation?

Assuming that we keep both XP’s on separate drives, is there a way that both can access/share data files??

Yes that is perfect workable. Unless you have programs you cannot replace I really do not see why you would want to do that. Especially if that install is that bad off.

Should the bios update (flash) be done first??

Thanks!!
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Posted 18 December 2006 - 08:18 AM

IMO, Windows seems to prefer to work from the C: drive - so I'd copy your data to the D: drive, then format and install XP on the C: drive. Then you can move your data back at your leisure.
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Posted 18 December 2006 - 08:45 AM

I was under the impression that they wanted a dual boot computer?
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Posted 18 December 2006 - 09:38 AM

D'oh! :thumbsup: That'll teach me to start answering posts before I've had my coffee! Thanks acklan!
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Posted 18 December 2006 - 11:10 AM

[quote name='emstexasusa' post='414894' date='Dec 18 2006, 01:49 AM']Another alternative---since the current D drive is only 30 GB, I was considering replacing it with a new larger drive. Is there a way to move our data files (mostly Word, Excel, and pictures to the new drive, then reformat the E drive and do a clean install and still be able to access the data that was moved using the original installation?

Assuming that we keep both XP’s on separate drives, is there a way that both can access/share data files??[/quote]
Yes that is perfect workable. Unless you have programs you cannot replace I really do not see why you would want to do that. Especially if that install is that bad off.

[quote name='emstexasusa' post='414894' date='Dec 18 2006, 01:49 AM']

Reinstalling any programs is not a problem.

I guess I'm having a brain fart.

From the new XP install on D, will we still have access to the data(non-program)files that are still on the original XP install on E? If I move the current data we want to save to the Shared Documents folder, then we can just copy from the original to the new?

Also, on the new install, I want to keep the data and the program files on different drives(partitions). So when we install the new hard drive to replace the current empty D drive, I should partion the new HD into at least two, maybe more partitions. How much space should I use for XP and programs?

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 01:36 PM

It depends on how much space you are using now, and was you have plans to add. If you surf and save photos them 30Gb should be plenty for a XP\programs partition. If you games or like to acquire software then I would go for a much larger partition.
Remember drive a fairly cheap. At Price Watch you can find a 500Gb drive for less than $200.
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Posted 19 December 2006 - 12:11 AM

You may not have immediate access to the data on the other XP installation - because of the security/permissions issues that come with the NTFS file system (and Windows).

But, usually all that is required is to take ownership of them - or even just place them in the Shared Documents folder so that everyone can get at them.
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Posted 21 December 2006 - 01:08 AM

I will probably use FAT32 for the new drive until everything is done and then convert it to NTFS if we ever have a network.

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