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How to select hard drive


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I have 2 hard drives now but I don't know how to select one over the other.Is there a simple way to do this?I know very little about computers,but I did manage to install 2 hard drives and a new controller card.No big deal,if I don't know how to use them.
I have a Dell dimension xps T600r
Window XP SP2
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you should be able to see them in my computer
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I can see both of them,double click on drive f(smaller hard drive)I just open up a new window.I need to change drive letters too.Told you I don't know much about computers,especially using 2 hard drives.Maybe this is how it works,I thought it would be different some how like setting up acounts for different members of the family.
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why would you change the drive letter?? you can do that under disk managment
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I jst thought I should have the 2nd hard drive as D and then the dvd and cdr as e and f.Really no problem the way it is,if I could understand how this 2 hard drive thing works.I wanted the 2nd hard for a back up.
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if cdrom is present it is most always d, anything added after that will be assigned the next letter. if you use the drive for storage, make sure it is formatted and partition correctly. i had a hard drive for storage and thought i lost everything. (windows wouldn;t read it). after i reformatted, partitioned, etc and installed the second drive back winxp readit. it might be a good idea to put win on the storage drive if you have room just in case something happens. your system will boot from the 1st drive anyway. when saving files just make sure they go to the "e or f" drive. in some programs you can set this up so they are saved there automatically (look under preferences, options, file management, etc.) hope this helps
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Changing drive letters can create a problem, because the shortcuts will be wrong. Actually in XP it was changed so that D & E are assigned permanently to the optical drives to prevent shortcut problems which occur in earlier systems.
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Thanks for the info about the drive letters,I'll leave them like they are.I did some research and am able to boot to either hard drive.This is what I had in mind.
Again,thanks,
Dave
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