I've been running Windows XP Home on my machine for a good 3 years now. In the past month or so, my machine became prone to random restarts and then last week, became completely unable to boot to Windows. I'll get as far as the XP loading screen, and then it will just restart again. I attempted a repair install with my installation disc, but it's not an option, and I'm assuming my hard drive (a 160GB IDE drive) is damaged in some fashion. I do NOT want to do a clean install since there is data on the drive that can't be easily duplicated (I'm a writer and all of my work is on it).
So I bought a new hard drive, a 1TB SATA drive. What I need to do is install Windows on the SATA drive, and then get the data off of the old IDE drive and use that as a backup. When I hook everything up and go into the Windows install, it shows my drives set up like this.
C:// The old IDE drive
D:// The new SATA drive
Obviously, I can't install Windows on the SATA drive without formating the IDE drive, and losing everything. I'm trying to make the SATA drive into the C drive, but I'm at a loss to figure out how I can do so.
I've done some research on master/slave settings, and tried a few things with the boot priority in BIOS, but to little effect. I have the SATA drive plugged into the SATA0 slot, and I've set the jumpers on the IDE drive to master, slave, and cable select. In any situation, the IDE is still seen as the C drive.
Is there any way for me to do this? Thanks in advance.