Need advice on how to configure two hard drives

RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
So I had my old hard drive (WD 320) with a windows installation borked by Saints Row 2 :roll:. I've gotten a second one (WD 160g) I plan to install windows to and I do not need to copy anything over (flash drive will suffice for that). The thing is, I dunno where to start?

Should I unplug the 320 and install straight to the 160?

Is there a way to install windows on the 160 while I am logged into teh 320?

How do I clear the old, borked installation(s) of windows from the old hard drive and leave it in a state where I can install my games and programs to it and or pop it out for a portable hard drive?

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  • Michael HMichael H Registered User
    edited November 2009
    What version of Windows? When you boot from the install disk it will let you choose which hard drive to install to.

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Windows xp, I want xp to boot off the 120 and programs to go to the 320.
    I know 120 is a bit much but it was the smallest I could find

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  • SatsumomoSatsumomo Rated PG! Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    You can make a partition on the 120 disk to only use what you want it to (20GB for example) so it acts like 2 disks.

    I do recommend removing the larger drive, since the WinXP installer will deem whatever it likes to be your C:\ drive, and it's a hassle when it decides that your larger disk is C:\ and that the one you actually want to install it to is something like E:\

    WinXP installation will deem the oldest partition created to be C:\ (For example you partition your disk into 20GB and 100GB, the first partition you made on it will be what the installation will see as C:\)

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  • nlawalkernlawalker Registered User
    edited December 2009
    Windows xp, I want xp to boot off the 120 and programs to go to the 320.
    I know 120 is a bit much but it was the smallest I could find

    I find that the best setup is for Windows and programs to go on one drive, and data to go on the other. The reason being that if/when you want to reformat and reinstall, your data is preserved by simply removing the disk from the machine to ensure you don't actually format the wrong one.

    If you reformat and reinstall a Windows partition with programs installed on another partition, pretty much anything more complicated than Notepad is going to be useless because all the delicious registry data went down the drain with your Windows install.

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  • Michael HMichael H Registered User
    edited December 2009
    nlawalker wrote: »
    Windows xp, I want xp to boot off the 120 and programs to go to the 320.
    I know 120 is a bit much but it was the smallest I could find

    I find that the best setup is for Windows and programs to go on one drive, and data to go on the other. The reason being that if/when you want to reformat and reinstall, your data is preserved by simply removing the disk from the machine to ensure you don't actually format the wrong one.

    If you reformat and reinstall a Windows partition with programs installed on another partition, pretty much anything more complicated than Notepad is going to be useless because all the delicious registry data went down the drain with your Windows install.

    This. 120 GB is more than sufficient for Windows + Programs, while music, pictures, projects, data go on the other drive.

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