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So how was your research on the links I gave you? Volume Labels are just names given to your hard drive so we can identify them easily.
example: I will rename C Drive as dimkin, then that would be dimkin (C:)

Go to My Computer > right-click either of C: or D: > then properties > you can then gave labels on them.

If you really wish to install Win XP on D Drive, and just plain files, documents, etc. on your C Drive. Then I highly recommend you do the procedures on setting up your IDE Cables and jumper settings for your D Drive as Master/Primary and C Drive as Slave.
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What I would do in your case is leave the hard drives fitted as they are i.e. 32GB C drive Master, 111GB D drive Slave.
Install Windows to C and put all your programs and data on D. I'd also split D into several smaller partitions, one for programs, one for data, maybe another one for media files.
Keep your C drive for Windows only, then if you ever have to re-install Windows you won't lose any of your programs and data.
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kool808

Yeah, what they are saying and that pretty bloody confusining!
As I understand, I would only have to worry about this bit?

However, if you are adding the new hard disk to the existing

one, you need to change the jumper settings to slave. The jumper is a

small piece of plastic with 2 metal contacts inside to connect two pins

together. It is usually located next to the IDE and power cable

connectors on one side of the hard disk. It will be set to Master as

default, you need to look at the label on the top side of the hard disk

and find out where you need to place the jumper to set it to slave

mode.


So as I understand - on every hard drive, there is connection for

Primary and slave? And what I have to do is to take the jumper out from

C drive's primary and plug it into slave And

opposite with D drive

Oh volume labels, I knew what they were, just didnt know what they were

called. I names my C drive "cimkin" and D drive "dimkin" :tazz:


Les1451
I exatly understand your idea, and its perfect
but the thigs is that I think my C drive is slower, so that wouldn't be

good to have OS on it. Btw, how can I find out how fast it is?

Edited by dimkin, 12 June 2005 - 06:35 PM.

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All harddrives always comes with them a jumper, the only thing you need to do is place them to the right spot according to the labels and instructions provided within it.

SPEED: Normally your 32GB is already good enough just to run your WIN XP OS, to speed up you have the options to install OS on C Drive then all programs to your D Drive, that way giving C Drive a much larger space and putting all stuffs to your D Drive. The only difference is their path.

eg. Normally when installing programs it would look like this (C:\Program Files\Adobe), however you have the option to change the path upon installation, then it would look like this (D:\Program Files\Adobe).

You actually have two options, (1) either retain C Drive as Master/Primary install OS on it; D Drive as slave then install everything on D Drive, (2) set D Drive as Master/Primary install OS on it then install everything to D Drive.
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Um... I mite even do it that way...
But when it comes to hard drives, there is also such a thing is 7,200
or 5,400 or whatever(cant remember the units for it)
In that aspect, I'm guessing my cimkin would be slower. But how much difference does it make? And how can I check what speed my cimkin is?
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You may want to use Everest Home Edition, found just below my signature.
7200 rpm(revolutions per minute) <-- much faster
5400 rpm(revolutions per minute)
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Oh that program is excellent, thanks!
See what I mean.. my cimkin is 5,400 and dimkin is 7,200
I guess i will have to go with my first option
But after after I change the jumpers - IF i turn the computer on it will boot up like it usually does?
And how do i format cimkin? With the disk management tool?
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I doubt that the lower speed of your smaller drive will make very much difference to the performance of your computer, unless you're a serious game player you probably won't notice any difference at all.
For a guide to formatting and installing Windows XP, go here.
You can also read up on Hard Drives and jumper settings etc on the same site.
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After you had changed the jumper settings and IDE Cables, you need your Win XP installer CD. Review again from bootdisk with regards to formatting.

Things you need:
  • Win XP installer CD
  • startup disk or bootdisk
Steps:
* Creating bootdisk
* Clean Install.
* Win XP install
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Ok, guys thanks a lot for the info - I ll try to go from here.
Probably gonna install OS on my C drive..
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Good luck !
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