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Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 3:33 pm:   

I already have a 30Gb hard drive running Windows 98 second edtn.
I bought a new 80Gb Seagate Barracuda ATA IV bare hard drive.
This is what i want.
I want to install this new hardrive and put Windows XP on it.
Thus, I want my earlier 30Gb to have win 98 and this 80 Gb hardrive to have win XP. And i when i boot up, i shud be able to choose with which harddrive (OS) i should be able to boot from. Also i would like an easy transfer of files from one hdrive to another.

How do i do all this?(how do i install this new hardrive in such a way that all abv works wihout messing up my old hard drive with win 98 on it)??

(both are IDE)
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 4:09 pm:   

WinXP should give you a choice of which HDD partition you want to install on, when prompted use FAT32 file management so your win98 partition and XP partition will get along with each other.WinXP will use it's own bootloader for O.S. choice on the primary drive. As for installation of the 80gig HDD install it as master drive on IDE2.
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 4:42 pm:   

so can the boot disk i use to format the new hard drive be from win 98???

also when i install new hard drive should i remove the older 30 gb hard drive?
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 8:12 pm:   

Yes, you can use the win98 boot disk and no you do not have to remove the older 30 gig hard drive just install the new drive on the secondary IDE as a master, if your cdrom is already on the secondary IDE switch it's jumper to slave.
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2002 - 8:18 pm:   

If the drive is detected properly in the bios boot to DOS and check to see if it needs to be fdisked before you format it.
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 3:59 pm:   

so i guess this is what i need to do:

1)Hook up the new 80gb hard drive on secondary IDE as master. Making sure that if my cd-rom is on the master of secondary IDE , i should put it to slave.
2)Then i switch on the computer.(already having the old 30gb disk as master on primary IDE)
3)I Guess i will now see that a new hardware has been detected, thus what abt formatting the new harddisk????when do i do this? I guess what i gather is that i should just insert win XP cd, and it wud ask me where i want to put it...and if i say 80gb hardrive, it would format the harddisk as well as load XP on it. Am i correct?
4)is abv is true then by this time i wud have had win 98 on 30gb as it was, and XP on 80gb harddrive.
5)If i want to boot up from the new 80 gb hardrive what shud i do?
can i choose at random how i want to boot up without actually changing hardrives from one primary IDE to secondary?
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 4:09 pm:   

What if XP does not ask where it wants to sindtall and gets installed on my old 30gb hard drive running 98. I will be screwed!! i want 98 on that hard drive to remain.
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 7:34 pm:   

New drive as master and cdrom as slave on secondary IDE=true.
Once again make sure the new drive is fdisked and formatted so XP knows its there. During installation XP will ask you where you want to install. If the 30 gig is not present (disconnected) when XP is installed on the 80 gig drive it can't install the boot loader on the 30 gig drive.
trent reznor
Posted on Sunday, January 4, 2004 - 12:11 pm:   

i just bought a computer and i want to install another hardrive that was in my macintosh, its a segate barracuda 40 gig and i wanted to put it in this pc as a second drive u know for all the games and all that fun stuff but can i still acces it even with the mac os still installed and if not how can i install the windows xp without having the cd or can i use the hardrive with no s operating system??
Posted on Sunday, January 4, 2004 - 4:31 pm:   

Your mac hard drive will need to be fdisked and formatted to be used in an xp machine thus loseing all the Mac stuff. Your computer will need an O.S. to function properly and how you go about getting one is entirely up to you.

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