I just bought a Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200 SATA 3.0Gb/s HD from Newegg, but its the O.E.M. version so it didn't come with an install disk. I also bought a 400GB Ultra ATA/100 Seagate drive maybe a year ago. That was a retail version so it came with a disk. My question is, can I use the old install disk from the Ultra ATA/100 HD to install my new SATA II drive.
If the answer is yes I will be amazed, but in either case is there a better way to install this drive (safer, smarter, easier)? This is a brand new build so there is no operating system on it yet. I bought XP SP2 so that I wouldn't run into the 137GB limitation, but if the drive has to be formated before I have an O.S. installed will I still run into that 137GB barrier? I read a post from someone who said once you get XP SP2 installed you can then go back and partition the rest of the drive, but I don't want to do that. I'd like to have an unpartitioned single 320 GB HD. Someday when I finish learning about RAID setups maybe I'll put in a second HD, but for now I'd just like to get my computer up and running.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.