INSTALLING A HARD DRIVE
Posted 14 May 2006 - 12:36 AM
Posted 14 May 2006 - 08:42 AM
xcopy c: d: /s/c/h/e/r/k
You will notice a command prompt window opening and your files will start to copying to the new drive. Once complete you can just exit the command window, then proceed to shutdown your system. Remove your drives and put your new drive back in as primary master and restart your system. You system will now boot up into windows and your system will not even show any changes (except for having more hard drive space if you upgraded).
Now if for some reason (and this has happened to me a couple of times) you get a message saying "non system disk", don’t panic... just insert you boot disk and boot your computer and at the A: prompt type "fdisk" (without the quotes) and choose option 2 the make the partition active, escape all the way out of fdisk to the A: prompt. Remove the boot disk and restart your computer.
Posted 14 May 2006 - 09:25 AM
Heres a website on installing a second HD.
The BIOS setup settings can be modified using the BIOS CMOS setup program. This program is available at system startup be pressing a specific key such as F8.
Unfortunately there is no one set of steps to do this because the BIOS settings vary from computer to computer. You will need to check your computer manual or motherboard documentation for the exact steps you need to complete to enable your computer to boot from a CD. In any case, once you are in the BIOS setup program, you will want to look for a setting that allows you to define the boot order. The CD-ROM device should be listed first. Then save your settings and restart the computer. To move around in the bios you will use the arrow keys. Once you have found the boot order setting you will highlight it by moving to it with the arrow keys and then hitting the enter key to get to its window. Again use the arrow keys to select the cdrom drive as first boot. You may have to use the left or right arrow keys to change the setting. This depends on what bios the computer uses. After changing the setting hitting the Esc key will get you out of that window. You will need to save your settings when you are getting out of the bios. Usually hitting the F10 key does this and you will get a popup window asking you to select Y( ofr yes) or N (for no) to save the settings. Click on the y key to save them.
If you are only using the second HD as a data drive you can ignore most of the above. On the newer computers, by connecting the second HD to the middle connector on the data cable and having both computers HD jumpers set to cable select, the second HD will be a slave drive. After booting up the computer go into your disk management to format the drive. Disk management can be found here. This is in XP.
Start/Control Panel/Performance and Maintenance/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management
Once you have formatted the drive you can go into explorer and make any folders you want to on the new drive . I usually will make folders for Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, etc. Windows Xp will install recycler, System Volume information, and temp folders automatically. You can then move any files you want with either copy and paste or cut and paste. You can click on whole folders and move them to the new drive.
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