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Safe way to keep files but get rid of xp?


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bardan

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I would like to put my old hard drive into my newer computer as a D drive. It has XP installed on it though so I'd like to know the best ways to keep all my personal file and folders but get rid of xp. I know I could transfer the files from the d: to the c: and then format d: But what is the best way to do this?
I remember once just hooking up the second drive, and then in bios aking sure I only booted from c: but id did some crazy damage to most of my files on both drives. I also know a good way would be to use an external enclosure for the d: to transfer the files to c: but I don't want to risk losing stuff again. Any Ideas would be great. Thanks!!
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wannabe1

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Hello bardan...

You can install the drive in the new computer as it is and move the files you want to keep to the new drive after it's installed. The Windows installation on the older drive will be seen only as folders (one of them named Windows) by the host machine.

If you have PATA (IDE) drives, the old drive will have to be jumpered as a slave drive to do this. IF they are SATA drives, the role it plays will be determined by the SATA port it's connected to...you need not change jumper positions.

Once you have copied the data you want from one drive to the other, you can format the older drive using Disk Management to regain the space for use as storage.

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Thanks Wannabe1. So my computer won't see two lots of windows when it's booting? Just the one from the boot disc priority settings? I just wan't to be sure on that bit. Thanks!
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Your machine will see only files and folders on the older drive when it's installed as a slave....it will not see an operating system at all. To get the old OS recognized as an operating system, you'd have to add a reference to it in the boot.ini file.
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