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Old 05-30-2005, 06:01 PM   #1
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Okay I only have a 40 gig in my computer and I want to put a 300 gig in there, I want to keep my 40 gig in there, and I know I have room, and I have another pair of cables, I'm just confused, I want to use the 300 gig for all other stuff I want to install, but will it work in my regular windows, and when I install a program I can install int to the (in my case) f drive ? also can I copy all my larger files into my f: drive? Every tutorial I find is how to install windows on the F: drive, I don't want to do that I just want it in the windows I have now, as another storage space. Thanks for the help
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Old 05-30-2005, 06:10 PM   #2
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you should just be able to keep the 40 gigs you have now, and just add on the hd. windows should recognize the hd and just add it on sepately... but there is a need to install windows and all that. to use it as another drive u need windows on it. at least as far as i kno. so if anyone else thinks otherwise, speak up. yeha.
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No you don't need windows on it. You simply install it as a slave on IDE 0 or a master on IDE 1. Set the jumpers on the drive accordingly. When you boot the bios should see it and windows should see it. Open my computer and format it and you are good to go.
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As to copying the other files to it if they are executable programs you will have to reinstall them to that drive as windows won't know where to look for them if you simply move the files/folders.
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If you just want it for storage you don't need windows on the 300gig HDD. you will be able to transfer all your files over to it (exept wondows). All you have to do is make sure the pins are in the slave spot. your manuel will show you where to put it.
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Woops… I misread… I though he meant as main hd… my bad. Yeah, u don’t need windows on it for a secondary.. Just add it on and windows should recognize it. Lol…
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But if I wanted to make my 300 gig the master, I'd set the jumper, will everything I have on my desktop and programs I have still work ? or will it get confused because it'll look for the items on the c: and that would be my slave drive, and if I have a 300 gig slave drive, will my computer perform better, becuase right now it's very slow because I only have 2 gigs of space left. Thanks alot.
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as long as you back everything up, im sure it'll work. yes, ur comp should perform better. of course, have you defraged ur 40 g anytime lately?
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Of course, every other night, but will it perform good even if the 40 gig is still my master drive ? oh and one other strange questions, my fan is blowing hot air, in fear of it over heating I took off the cassing and put a plexiglass case with little holes in it custom made for me in school Lol, and I put a fan near it, but I would like to ride myself of this burden what are ways I can adjust the temperature heat of my machine, and the productivity of it ?
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hello Northwings!
Welcome to the forum!
Your new 300 gig Hdd should have come with a utillity disk or you can get one from the manufacturer's website This disk will allow you to do all kinds of things to help you set up.
In his above posting, per, was giving the scoop.
You can set it up any any way that you like. But before you can it must be formated.
But with what you have posted..i would like to make a suggestion....partition that disk into smaller sizes. I suggest nothing over 60gigs and for better performance 30 or 40 gigs for each partition. This will allow your new drive to not work so hard and will allow for faster retrieving of information and quicker service such as defragging and compressing
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if you put the 300gigger as the master you will have to format it. Then install windows from the begining. You just can't take the c: drive which is now the master and has all your programs on it and just make it a slave and exspect xp to work. Why not just make the 300gigger the master on the second IDE channel? Also you have to make sure you computer's bios will support a drive that big.

My advice is to take it to a shop and let them do the work.
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My advice is to take it to a shop and let them do the work.
lol.... i agree. but its $$$ so u gotta consider what to do. like freakin geek squad charges freakin $50 to install mcafee! i was like holy crap! and u have to buy it too! so its like $70! *sigh* lol.
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How do I find out if my motherboard can support it ? I have an amd athlon x86
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Old 05-30-2005, 10:32 PM   #14
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If the 300 Gigas hard drive is faster than the 40...

then it will be worth the trouble formatting it and

installing windows to set it as the Master drive...
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I don't have a windows disk, unless someone wants to said me an iso, but I think that's illegal Lol, unless its a backup or something, I really don't nkow the rules.
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Oh and one other thing, if I made the 40 gig my slave drive, will I have to format that and get rid of everything on it ? thanks alot.
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The utillity that i mentioned earlier will transfer everything from the old drive to the new drive.
Just follow the instructions at the website for its use.
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