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cant use both of my hard drives


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bluefishyjoe

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here's my approx. specs
dell dimension 4600 (plus some of my upgrades)
pentium 4 2.4GHz processor
768 megs of ram
windows xp professional

to begin, my pc has got some history. my parents bought it two and a half years ago, but had alot of problems, cus they dont know squat about computers, after about a year and a half, it stopped working all together, so they gave up and bought a new pc, i got their old one and fixed it. over the last year i've been working on making it better, you know, adding burner, extra ram, stuff like that to boost its performanc.

going back to the days when it was my parents computer, one of the times when it broke, the dell guy on the phone told them it needed a new hd, so my dad went out and bought a new 70 gig hd, of course, it didnt help anything, so they eventually gave in and wasted the 200$ it costs for the best buy guys to look at it. the best buy guys told him it wasnt the hd, it was the cd drive, so when we got it back from them, it was completely wiped, had a 70 and 40 gig hd's in it and a new disc drive.

now to the actual problem, when i go to system specs and the hardware list, it shows that there are two working hd's connected, but only one of the hd's, the 70 gig one, is being used. how do i make it so that there are two hd's being used at the same time



also, last summer, something happened that screwed up my pc, and since i couldnt perfectly fix it i just reinstalled windows, but when i reinstalled it, i left a 12 gig partition with all of the old files on it, how can i get rid of this so i can use that space

i was thinking about reinstalling windows again thiis weekend, just to get another fresh start, does that help
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are you trying to link the 2 hdd's by having windows install programs on both and run off both? if so its kinda pointless. a slave hdd is usually used for storage
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ok, so it wont help the performance at all, and if i eventually need it, will it work
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