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My desktop currently has only one 80G hard drive and I plan to do a clean (re)install of Windows XP to clean/speed things up. I would like to upgrade the amount of RAM and also install another hard drive to house my data files. My question is: Do I install the RAM and additional drive prior to the clean install or after? The reason I would think to do it before is because I'd like to transfer/back-up my data files on the new drive prior and then do the clean install on the original 80G drive which will also hold my program files. Being somewhat of a novice (have done clean installs of XP a couple of times), any advice on the correct process would be helpful.
Go to HERE and run the Crucial online scanner. This will give you the exact memory configuration for your system. You do not have to buy the memory from there, but write down the information and if you need assistance in purchasing the upgrade memory GTG can assist with suggestions also.
Then install new HD. Partition and format it. Move your Data files over. Once that is done then format and do a fresh install of XP on the original install.