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Dual Hard drive configuration question

Q: Dual Hard drive configuration question

I have a new HP dv8000t with MS Win XP media center. The laptop has 2 100G hard drives. My question is what is the best way to configure these 2 Hard drives.
C: with operating system and software D: with data and doc's.
What are your suggestions.

Thanks

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A: Dual Hard drive configuration question

Yup, that is exactly what we did on our new HP. That way your data is safe if the os goes down etc.

Scorp

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I have my old IDE hdd with old data on it an purchased a new WD sata hd. Is there a way to get XP to recognize both drives? The device manager shows both, but only the IDE hdd shows under My Computer.....

I can't even seem to be able to do a dual boot setup, that was my original plan.

A:Dual Hard Drive Question

Hi jpierce55. Welcome to BleepingComputer.

Have you changed the jumper on the back of your old drive to 'Slave'?

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Hi, i got an easy one i think. I have 2 HD's running WinXp on 1 computer. One is 40gig and i want to use that one as my main HD for programs. The other is 160gig and that is for testing things like anti-virus software and anti-spam software. Both HD's are formatted with WinXp PRO and i can log into either one no problem. Heres the question. When i go to My computer both hard drives show up (C: & E and i dont want that to happen. I want it to work like i can boot and work on 1 HD or restart and work on the other. I dont want them to even know the other is there. Is that possible? If so how? I try to download files on one drive and i point it to install on it but some files still install on the other and it slows that drive down. Please Help!
 

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Here is my situation. I have 2 hard drives. C:, which is where I have Windows XP installed and D:, where I have various music, movies and games installed. Basically D: is my storage drive.

I decided to set up a dual boot configuration with Windows XP and Vista Ultimate. As I said Windows XP was already installed on C:. I used partition magic to reduce C:'s size so I would have enough space to create a new partition on the XP drive for Vista. I created it and installed Vista fine and now I can choose whether I load XP or Vista on startup.

Vista seems to be running fine however when I open explorer I encounter a problem. C:, which in Vista is the main partition displays and can be accessed fine. D:, which is the main partition for XP (and is displayed as C: when booting in XP) displays and can be accessed fine. E:, which is the storage drive I mentioned (displayed as D: when booting in XP) earlier is named Access Denied in Vista. When I click on it in explorer it says Access Denied. When in XP all drives and partitions display and can be accessed fine. When in Vista, all drives and partitions except E: (D: when in XP) display and can be accessed fine.

I have read in some forums that I should "take ownership" of E: (in Vista) and that will allow me access. As I understand it this would then deny me access to it while in XP and that is obviously not good because the reason I chose to dual boot is so I can access everything from both operating systems.

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A:Hard drive "Access Denied" in Vista with dual boot configuration

Wow...just wow. Disabled User Account Control and everything works fine. What an awesome "feature."
 

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I have a dual NIC in my work desktop (Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit) connecting to separate routers. Eeach router has internet access, each on a different segment, each on the same subnet. We have 2 independent networks here. One segment is a domain and the other is a work group. Both have multiple servers.

The first NIC's IPv4 is configured with a static IP Address on a Domain and has a gateway configured. The second one also has a static IP address in a work group and is configured with no gateway. This seems to work fine, but the second one shows up as a Public newtork and I would prefer it to be a Work network.

Researching this pointed me to an article that said networks without default gateways are always public.

I changed the second NIC to also have a default gateway, matching the router's IP Address on the second segment. Windows slapped me for having 2 default gatewyas and let me save it anyway. Now, both connections are showing up under Domain Network and everything seems to be working fine. Both connections show that they have internet connectivity.

I fear that just because they seem to be working does not necessarily mean that is is working efficiently. I am also not positive that it even matters that the second one is listed as a Public network. Can anyone identify the proper configuration in my situation?

A:Dual NIC, 2 Segment configuration question

OK, after a bit more poking I now have the second router configured to assign a static leased IP Address for my second NIC where it assigns the NIC an IP address based on the MAC Address of the card. Then I configured the ipv4 for that card to obtain an ip address automatically.

Now, that connection's details show the original IP Address (the one I had previously set as a static IP on the card itself) as well as a default gateway (Router #2's IP Address), and I am no longer getting slapped by Windows for having 2 default gateways (even though each connection shows that it has a default gateway in the details). It is also showing up as a connection in the Domain Network's location.

Visually, this seems to be set up the way I would expect to have it, but I am still not 100% positive that I have good expectations.

Any input?

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I just bought a new PC with two video cards(7900 GTXs). In order to get the full power from this configuration do both cards need to be plugged into the moniter? Right now there is only one card plugged in. Thanks!
 

A:Stupid question about dual video card configuration

As long as you have the SLI bridge connector that is connecting the two cards (and since you have a pre-built system you can probably assume that the bridge is connected), you have it right. Only one of the cards connects to your monitor ,usually the card that is closest to your CPU, but check your manual to be sure.
 

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..Hey gang..built my daughter a system for Xmas which is not going to be 100% I guess, but close..I built a dual-hard drive system one for the kids and one for her to do graphics work..I installed a spinner sata with Win 7 for kids and an SSD with Win 8.1 for her..installed 7 first and then 8 and things were fine, Win 8 would give me a nice screen asking me which OS I wanted to boot to.. but then the spinner started blue screening and grinding so I changed the hd and of course it screwed my boot up and I don't know alot about mbr's and that kind of thing but downloaded EasyBCD and was able to fumble my way through it to luckily get Win 8 back but here's my problem..When I shut down in Win 7 everything is fine as when I start it up I get a bios like screen asking me which OS I want to boot to..but when I shut down in Win 8 it automatically boots back to Win 8 without asking...I have to "restart" to get to the OS choice screen..I don't want to go messing around much further here without some direction as googling my way around miraculously saved me the first time but this problem is a little too convoluted to try and research on my own...Any suggestions greatly appreciated..merry xmas all!

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G'day all!

I have an oldish seagate 10.2 gig Hard drive installed as slave, and a seagate 60 gig as master. The slave has WinME and the master has WinXP. How can I choose which drive/OS to boot from. I've gone into bios, but the slave (10.2gig) isn't listed as an option in the boot order list. Should they both be master? At the moment it boots only from the 60 gig WinXP.
Cheers
 

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Hi.
I have x2 320Gig Hdds and x2 DVD burners.
Simply put; Can I attach each Hdd to the end of each 80wire Ultra ATA cable as Master and the DVD drives as Slave. Using Jumper settings of course.
Will the speed of the Hdd's be affected by the DVD burners lower speeds?
I have read posts and recommendations from various sources and information is sketchy at best. Anyone have a clear and precise understanding of this. Or any links to Microsoft about it. As I have not found any topic from them at the moment addressing this choice of set-up.

Cheers.
 

A:Solved: IDE Hdd and DVD drive configuration question

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Hello everyone,

i recently purchased a 200gb WD hdd and an enclosure but am not sure what configuration to use as in which to put master/slave external etc. I have a 10GB IDE, a 80GB IDE and a 200GB IDE. As well as an IDE enclosure. Initially I though I should put the 80GB as master, the 10Gb as slave and the 200GB as external but am starting to concider putting the 10GB as mater, 200GB as slave and 80GB as external. The external will mainly be used for music (currently have around 45gb), the master obviously for windows and other programs and the slave for music backup/movies/documents and general storage. I currently have 2GB in program files. Would 10gb be enough to store windows on and all my other programs? Will the fact that the 10gb is only 5400rpm slow down my pc? And obviously if the 10gb is master, it will be about 70% full, will this slow down my pc? Does anyone have any ideas? The 80gb and 200gb are both 7200rpm with 8mb cache.

I would greatly appreciate any advice and look forward to your reply,

regards,

Korrupt

EDIT: My current configuration is 80gb master, 10gb slave and 200gb external.
 

A:Hard drive configuration - would appreciate help

Cmon people.

Please help me out
 

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Chaps, some assistance please.

When installing Windows 7 about a year ago, I plumped for partitioning off my hard drive to keep Windows XP and installing Win7 on separate partition.

Recently I added an SSD and have installed Win7 on that and now I want to remove the XP partition, reallocate the available space to my Sata Win7 install to begin the (long) process of making the SSD the primary and only OS on the machine.

I've copy boot.mgr and the boot folder to my SataWin7 drive and then restarted the computer with the DVD in, selecting repair so I can run command prompt.

Running Diskpart, I deleted the XP partition but for some reason I'm getting an error when I try and make my sata Win7 partition the active partition. I've subsequently rebooted and repaired the machine to restore the Win XP partition so I can carry on booting the machine (hence I'm typing now), but can anyone throw light on to what the problem is here?

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A:Hard drive configuration help please...

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Bizness



Recently I added an SSD and have installed Win7 on that and now I want to remove the XP partition, reallocate the available space to my Sata Win7 install to begin the (long) process of making the SSD the primary and only OS on the machine.

Running Diskpart, I deleted the XP partition but for some reason I'm getting an error when I try and make my sata Win7 partition the active partition. I've subsequently rebooted and repaired the machine to restore the Win XP partition so I can carry on booting the machine (hence I'm typing now), but can anyone throw light on to what the problem is here?

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If you want to end up with Win 7 on the SSD as the only OS in the case, why do you want Win 7 on the SATA drive? Can't you just format the partitions on the SATA drive however you want?

I guess I'm confused and don't understand your current situation or goal.

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I currently have a 30 Gig drive with XP Pro. All as one partition. I have just purchased an 80 Gig drive and an DVD recorder. I plan to do some video editing and DVD burning so I will need plenty of space and processing power. How should I configure my setup with the new hardware I have now?

I have the following hard drives:

Seagate ST330640A
30 GB
Ultra ATA/66
7200 RPM
8.2 ms average access (read)
2 MB buffer
E-IDE/ATAPI interface

Western Digital WD800JB
80 GB
Ultra ATA/100
7200 RPM
8.9 ms average access (read)
2 MB buffer
E-IDE/ATAPI interface

And I have a Memorex 32023282 dual format DVD recorder.
Oh and I have 512MB or RAM.

How should I configure my drives? Which drive to use for my XP Pro installation? Do I need a swap file partition? Do I need a partition on each hard drive to split my swap file up between the two drives? Which drive do I place my movie files on that I'll be burning to DVD? Which controllers do each drive need to be placed on?

Is this a good idea?
Partition the 80 GB as follows:
C: 4 GB for OS installation (XP Pro)
Z: 1 GB for swap file
D: Remaining space for data (documents, videos, music, etc.)

Partition the 30 GB as follows:
Y: 1 GB for swap file
E: Remaining space for data (documents, videos, music, etc.)

Slit my swap file up between the two physical drives.

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A:Please help me get the right configuration with new hard drive

I'd put the 80 gig as primary master on the other channel, then capture my video to that one, do all my rendering and have the the output saved to the 30 gig prior to burning
 

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Hi Guys, first time posting here, seemed like a good place to start.

Ive currently got 2x1TB in RAID0 on my EX-58-Extreme Motherboard using the ICH10R controller, im awaiting my new HD so i can set everything back to non raid and use normal Sata, my question is, what is better to control my Sata drives? the ICH10R or GSata my board has? what are the major differences, specs etc that make them distinctively different?
Thanks in advance

Edit: Also was viewing other threads about HD speed, i did a quick bench of read, these are my results: http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/8755/54738476.png

Is it good, bad? my older seagate barracuda seemed to be alot more snappier (just sata not raid)...

Thanks again

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bump...comeon guys its too early to bump this :P

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I am running w2k pro and i want to add another hard drive with wxp/p. I have put xp on a different hard drive but i probably havent configured them correct. It doesnt register both hd's or give me the option to boot from both. After reading other posts regarding this sort of thing i think i should have made sure what was set as the master/slave and also what part of the ide cable was connected when i installed xp. does the ide connection matter? i have xp on one h/d and 2k on the other but at present i have opened up pc to swap. do i need to start again with both h/d's installing any particular one first, which ide and master/slave settings should they be on. once this is up and running is it possible to transfer files (i dont think so). sorry but i probably should be leaving this sort of thing to someone who knows better, but i need to learn
 

A:Hard drive configuration

What you should have done, and I recommend this if you haven't put a whole lot of time into getting XP set up on that other hd, is this:
Set up your computer to boot into 2k but make sure the hd you want XP on is also connected. To do that you must make the hd with 2k on it Master (it likely already is) and the hd you want to have XP on must be set as Slave if they are on the same IDE ribbon. I believe you can also have both of them set to CS (cable select) but I have never used CS.
Then when you are in 2000, insert your XP install. DO NOT CLICK THE UPGRADE, do clean installation or new installation (I forget which one its called). Then You will also have the option (may have to click advanced when given the option) to Choose drive letter and partition, or something similar, you will recognise it. It doesn't give you the option right then, it gives you the option once it starts the non-gui install part after you reboot.
 

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BACKGROUND:
This is a second posting, rather, a clarification, of this question. (Please look further down on the list for the original posting - lots more info there). I have two drives that are both upgrades to my old set up. Get out a pencil & paper... I originally had only a 200MB c:\. I installed a 1.3GB c:\ and moved the 200MB to the d:\ as the slave. Then I bought a 15GB drive. I removed the 200MB d:\, moved the 1.3GB c:\ to d:\ and installed the 15GB to c:\. Then I got a 6GB drive. I removed the 1.3GB d:\ and installed the 6GB as a d:\. Confused? Me too! I now have the 15GB c:\ (master) and the 6GB d:\ (slave). All jumpers are set correctly.

PROBLEM:
In some places, my machine does not see the current drives. I never switched anything in the BIOS. I have access to full capacity of both drives. Norton Utils says my d:\ drive is not configured properly and therefore cannot scan it. In the DOS text during start up I still see the old drives flash by. I think the BIOS has the wrong info too.

QUESTION:
How do I configure the drives correctly so that the information is consistant thoughout the machine?

Any and all help is appreciated!!
 

A:Hard drive configuration

I think you should go into the BIOS setup and let the system autodetect the drives to make sure they are being seen correctly.
 

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Here is a weird question; please help if you can:

I'm running XP on a Panasonic Toughbook laptop. I have two 160 GB hard drives, each in caddies that remove/replace in seconds from the laptop. Shut the laptop down, flip a door open, slide out the HD, install the new, close the door, boot up again. Poof...done.

The computer has a Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 1.6 ghz, 3.15 (actually 4 but the XP can't read it all) gB memory. It's got the guts needed.

I would like to purchase and install W7 Pro on one of the drives. I can as such 'ease' into familiarity with W7, experiment with compatibility with work software, but still have the full functionality of XP at hand with the other hard drive.

When/if it all works out, I can migrate data over as needed from the XP drive to the W7 drive with an external USB drive, and abandon XP.

Dual boot on one drive is not workable; the XP drive does not have the space to make that possible....I would be forever fooling around with space limitations. And, I have the extra drive/caddy already in hand (it's a spare for imaging from my backup in the event of a failure).

I'm very experienced with computers; typically people come to me for help.....but 7 is uncharted territory for me. I've given the process a lot of thought, and want to do it this way, so toward that end, your expertise on the following questions would be appreciated!

Here's the questions:

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A:Help with dual hard drive/dual boot

I'll answer as best i can here...

1) You should have zero issues here...MS would be more than happy to have as many installs out there as possible. Remember you are buying a 2nd OS to install on 1 machine...i can't see how this would upset them

2) The OEM version should be fine.

3) As far as this goes this i can only see being dependent on driver support since it's a laptop. If the drivers for your machine are available for 64bit by all means go for it...

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When I go into Acer Recovery Management to try to create a factory default backup I get a pop up that says Hard Drive configuration is not set to the factory default - back up aborted.  How do I get my hard drive set back to factory default? 

A:hard drive configuration is not set to the factory...

klippy,
 
I'd like to look into this for you, could you provide the specific model and part number of the system you have please?

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I am having major difficulty finding a manual for my laptop. The manual I am looking for will show disassemble/assemble. I am going to install a Crucial 275gb solid state drive for the boot with my existing Seagate 500gb hard drive for storage and add another 4gb ram. There are a zillion free manuals similar to what I need but not exactly. Perhaps if you guys could guide me to a site where I could input my serial #, model# and etc, I would have better luck -- like how many different configurations of the HP Pavilion dv7-3160s are out there ?hundreds? More? I was hoping to find the free manual; however, at this point maybe I do not care if it costs me.

Below is everything one might need to know about my machine. I am aware of a law and rule in place when an ametuer like myself attemps to do something like this and they are: Murphy?s Law and Chuck?s Rule.

First off the model, etc:
HP Pavilion Entertainment PC dv7-3160us
Serial: CNF0049JMK
Product: WA793UA#ABA
Model: dv7-3160us

H.P. Pavilion DV7-3160us
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M620, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4092 Mb (2x2 Mb)
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 Series, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 448 GB (373 GB Free); D: 17 GB (2 GB Free); E: 0 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard,
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Enabled and Updated
Thank you in advance
K.R.M.
 

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I am considering fitting an SSD to my desktop computer to improve its performance. The computer is a Dell XPS8700 with 16GB RAM, running Windows 8. I have some questions about the best way to do this:
1. Should the whole of Windows be installed on the SSD?
2. If only certain parts of Windows should be installed on the SSD, which parts? And how do I do this?
3. Should all my applications (of which I have hundreds installed) be installed on the SSD?
4. If only some of my applications should be on the SSD, how do I choose which ones?
5. Should the Page file and/or the Hibernate file be on the SSD?
6. Should any of my documents be on the SSD? If so, which ones?
7. Does the SSD need to be of any particular type to get the best speed improvement?
8. How big does the SSD need to be? Or to put it another way, how much spare space should there be on the SSD after installing Windows and whichever apps need to be installed on it?

Thanks for your help

Rowan

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When I go into Acer Recovery Management to try to create a factory default backup I get a pop up that says Hard Drive configuration is not set to the factory default - back up aborted.  How do I get my hard drive set back to factory default? 

A:hard drive configuration is not set to the factory...

klippy,
 
I'd like to look into this for you, could you provide the specific model and part number of the system you have please?

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Just got a new Maxtor 320G PATA drive to replace my existing 40G. I installed it as the slave (cable select) and used the maxtor "Maxblast" utility to mirror my C: drive to my D: drive. All seemed fine and the utility formatted my D drive and mirrored my C drive. Because my C: drive was fat32, it formatted my new drive as fat32 as well.

I then removed the old C: drive, reconfigured the new drive as C: (swaped cable to C: position) and hooked up my old D: drive so I could copy it's contents as well. Everything went well, system booted on the new 320G drive, and I dragged the contents of D: over to the new drive.

I thought all was well except for the FAT32 format. I used the Microsoft "convert" utility to change from FAT32 to NTFS, said yes, yes, and rebooted. When I returned, the drive said it was still FAT32! I tried to convert it two more times with no luck!

I decided to put my old C: drive in as the primary and my new drive as the slave (swapped cables). When I rebooted, it showed my new drive as raw format and only having 128M capacity! I tried disconnecting the old C drive and hooking the new drive back as C and it would not boot, giving a windows error as soon as it tried. Could do nothing!

Then I tried to go back to the beginning and format my new drive again, but it is formatting it as a 128G drive only!

Help!! What did I do wrong?
 

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I am considering fitting an SSD to my desktop computer to improve its performance. The computer is a Dell XPS8700 with 16GB RAM, running Windows 8. I have some questions about the best way to do this:
1. Should the whole of Windows be installed on the SSD?
2. If only certain parts of Windows should be installed on the SSD, which parts? And how do I do this?
3. Should all my applications (of which I have hundreds installed) be installed on the SSD?
4. If only some of my applications should be on the SSD, how do I choose which ones?
5. Should the Page file and/or the Hibernate file be on the SSD?
6. Should any of my documents be on the SSD? If so, which ones?
7. Does the SSD need to be of any particular type to get the best speed improvement?
8. How big does the SSD need to be? Or to put it another way, how much spare space should there be on the SSD after installing Windows and whichever apps need to be installed on it?

Thanks for your help

Rowan

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I have just bought an XPS15 9550-8076 from an outlet store and it came with a 1tb hdd + 32gb SSD.Currently the OS is installed to the 32gb ssd and the 1tb is just set as a data drive. Immediately im having issues as the OS drive is tiny and i have managed to almost max it out just installing office.Looking online it seems that the SSD should be a cache drive and the OS should be installed on the 1tb, is that correct? I spoke to dell technical support earlier asking this question and I was told that the OS should be on the SSD as i received it, however the person i was speaking to did not sound very confident or like he understood exactly what i was asking.
I'm wondering if having bought from an outlet store this was returned and restored incorrectly.

A:XPS 15 1tb + 32gb ssd Hard drive configuration

The OS should not have been installed to the 32G drive.  It sounds like someone reinstalled the OS incorrectly.
You'll need a set of recovery media to reload the OS to the hard drive.  Once that's done you can use the Intel RST utility to set up the cache drive.

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I am considering the purchase of an Envy 360 which is advertised as having an SSD and an HDD installed. Does anyone know if this automatically means it has two physical drives installed? I'm assuming the SSD is an M2 type device and the HDD is a standard 2.5" unit. Correct? If so, then can I further assume the M2 SSD would be drive 'C' and the HDD drive 'D'? Just want to ensure it's not a hybrid drive situation. Thanks  

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I have just brought a WD Caviar 80GB drive as one of my hard drives (which is really quite old now) was starting to get a bit 'clicky'.

I currently have a 18 GB WD WD200EB and a 10 GB Maxtor 51024H2. The 10GB drive has my music, temp and swap files on it and the 18GB everything else (Windows XP, Program Files, Documents and Settings). It is the 10 GB drive that I think is on the way out.

I'm running an old 866Mhz PIII with 512MB RAM and a 32MB cheap-as-chips graphics card and my MB only supports upto ATA/66 (although Everest says otherwise).

My question is, what's the optimal way to configure the drives? Logic says that I want the swaps and temps on the new, fastest, drive, but would putting so little on it be making the best use of it?

So how do you recommend I configure them?
 

A:Solved: Optimal Hard Drive Configuration?

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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

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A:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly
 

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My mother board finally died last week and rather than replace it on a 6 yr old system I bought a Dell refurb.... anyway, my question is can I do the following and where would I find info on how best to do it?
The old computer had a 6 mo old 120g Seagate HD with W2KPro on it (plus all my 'stuff'). The newer one has a 40g drive and XPPro. I had the builder add the 120g to the system and it is as "E" drive. It is accessed through My Computer. Here's the problem... I have resisted changing from W2K but have decided that the XP probably is better at this point. What I would like to do is set up XP on the 120g as the primary, booting drive and use the 40g for back-up. I am not totally computer illiterate but wonder how complicated this will be. Naturally...I would like to save the old data and also transfer the new data with all the updates, etc., if it is possible and doesn't take a rocket scientist to do it
I would also like to install my CD burner along with the one that came with the system. I have swapped one out before but never added one. I could use some help there as well.
Thanks to anyone brave enough to help me tackle this...
 

A:Question about dual hard drives...

First step is to backup all of the important data from the computer to another media like CD-R's, DVD, or thumb drive. Once this is done and then you can get the drives changed around so the 120 Gb is the main drive for drive C:\ and the 40 Gb is the other drive.

Here is an article that might help with the hard drive placement

Illustrated How to Replace a Hard Drive
http://www.fonerbooks.com/r_hard.htm

After this all you have to do is make sure that both of the hard drives get formatted and then do a clean install of your windows XP.
 

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Trying to build up a gaming pc for my son. He wanted to play space engineers but his system was not fast enough and mine just about ran it. Decided he is older and his pc needs to be more up to date.
In the past I built my son a pc with one hard drive and ghosted a back up copy to another drive so I can just swap them out when he completely stuffs up his system (and yes he does and I don't know how he does it).
Things have changed so much over the years and when trying to decide the best way to set up the hard drives I have reached a block.
Im on a budget and have already gone way over, this is what we have:

Asus Z87-K Intel Motherboard (support 6xsata 6.0 gb/s ports with RAID 0,1,5,10)
Integrated Graphics Processor
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB

Intel Core i7-4770K S1150 3.5GHz 8MB Haswell Quad Core Processor

Corsair 32GB (4 x 8GB) Vengeance Pro Gold DDR3 2400MHz CL11 Memory

Windows 7 sp1 64bit (os)

2x Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Putting it together was the easy bit as things in that respect have not changed dramatically
Im already guessing that the on board graphics will probably need upgrading to a card but will have to wait a month to be able to afford it.
The motherboard gives me the follow... Read more

A:Solved: Help please new system build hard drive configuration questions

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I am sorry to keep being a pest, but this site is my only way to get things resolved.

Anyway, on my Acer laptop, I have the eRecovery Management software. When I was trying to restore the OS to factory defaults, it gave me an error that said "Hard drive configuration is not set to factory default. Restore aborted".

Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

A:Acer eRecovery Management: Hard Drive Configuration Error

Hi,
I guess this one can be marked as answered JJ,
You somehow deleted or formatted the recover partition

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hello guys,

I own an acer travelmate P643-M and have been trying to factory reset the laptop by running the e-recovery management, however, it gives me the following error when i try to use the option for factory reset: Hard drive configuration is not set to factory default. Backup aborted.

I am trying everything to solve this problem, sadly nothing works. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

A:eRecovery error:Hard drive configuration is not set to factory default

Hello and welcomed mate where did you get this machine from because it smacks of either someone has sold you a dud machine or the drive is dying.

Now you could try reading through this Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

If it is a dying drive there a few ways you can reinstall but it would need a new drive - the media can be accessed through this tutorial using the ei.cfg removal tool. It uses any DVD of Windows and as long as you install the original version the activation code can be used - stand to be corrected though.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 Greg the author will put you on the right path.

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i have a acer aspire 4920 and i want to restore it to factory default. i downloaded acer erecovery management and i click on restore system to factory default.A error message pops up saying hard drive configuration is not set to factory default restore aborted. how do i fix it.

A:acer erecovery management:error hard drive configuration is not set to

Do you have the recovery disks or a recovery partition?
Is D2D enabled in bios?

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This is a total newbie question but I wanted to double check. I've got two harddrives, one has all of my programs and whatnot on it, the other just has media files and other things I want to back up.

If the first harddrive crashes for some reason or another, the second one should be fine, right?
 

A:Newbie question on dual hard drives

Correct - unless the second drive crashes first :O
 

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so i use dual monitors.

is it possible when using the main monitor (laptop monitor 1366 x 768) in full screen mode (eg a game) and clicking to the other monitor without the full screen program going back to the desktop??

because whenever i play a game and want to click something on the other monitor, let's say to chat with somebody, the full screen program immediately goes back to the desktop..

is there any program to fix this? or any manual ways to go around this?
Much thanks!!!

A:Dual Monitor question (hard to phrase)

If you find a fix for this let me know. I have been trying to get this to work since Windows XP. Ugh!

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The original one had Windows Vista on it along with my apps, programs, etc.

I clean installed Windows 7 on a second drive that had nothing on it.

They don't seem to recognize each other and I can only change which one boots through F8 and the BIOS settings.

How do I get them to recognize each other at boot up?

Thanks!

A:Dual booting question: I have 2 hard drives.

Check out this Tutorial

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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Hi,
I just have a question regarding installation of Windows 7 to dual boot with XP.
Am planning on doing a clean install on two new SATA hard drives. Will first attach one drive and partition and format it when I install XP.
Should I then go ahead and attach the second drive and partition and format it using XP before I start my installation of Windows 7?
Or, would it be better to attach the second drive and then partition and format it when I install Windows 7?

Am thinking that the second approach would be better.

By the way, this forum is a great resource. Thanks to those who set it up and participate here.

A:Question on preparing 2 hard drives for dual-boot

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Ahab


Am thinking that the second approach would be better.


Yes that is what I would do.

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Hi,

I was wondering if you could help me. I'm currently running a 64-bit Vista Ultimate, and it's a problem because I've still got programs ('SplitCam' and my printer drivers) that won't work on a 64-bit OS. That's why I was thinking of going for a dual-boot setup. I've already gone through the troubles of searching the web, but none of them seem to fit my situation.

Basically I've got 5 hard drives. Here's a screen shot of my "diskmgmt":


I don't have any strict preference as to what OS to dual-boot to, but since I've only got two minor programs to run, XP would be really applicable and sufficient enough.

What I'm feeling anxious about is that before I've had countless problems on booting, i.e. missing NTLDR/BOOTMGR etc. All how-to's and guides I'm finding on the web are only for one hard drive scenarios, but not for multiple hard drives.

I guess the basic question would be: is it alright to install XP/Vista (X86) to my other hard drives and not worry about the booting stuff?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:Dual-booting and multiple hard drives question

Anyone in here?

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Hello, I have a quick question about cloning a old hard drive to a new hard drive on a desktop computer.

I bought a new 320 GB EIDE hard drive (my computer uses IEDE not SATA) about 3 months ago.
I successfully installed it and it works, but when I set it up as a secondary (slave) hard drive (when I say set it up I mean: physically on the hard drive before I installed it into the computer, I put it to slave not master; and I virtually set it up to a slave hard drive when the computer booted up and all that stuff).
Then I put a music folder in the slave hard drive, that's it.

Now, about 3 months later, I see that I should have just set up my new hard drive to be the master hard drive because my old 70 GB hard drive is just way to small to be used for a computer.
I want to clone my old hard drive to the new hard drive (I want to boot on this hard drive and have everything that was on the old hard drive). I also want to set my new slave hard drive to the master hard drive and the old hard drive to the slave. I looked on the internet and youtube and I know how to clone so I'm alright there.


So since I want to set my slave hard drive as the master:
QUESTION: Do I take my new hard drive out of the computer and physically switch it to master BEFORE cloning, or AFTER cloning (because I'm sure you have to physically do this on the hard drive right? not just virtually through a program)? And do I have to put the new hard drive where the old hard drive cur... Read more

A:Need Help Cloning Old Hard Drive to New Hard Drive (quick question)

Never mind...I figured it out.
 

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I need to set up three user accounts on two computers the accounts on each computer is going to be monitored.
Each user will be assigned access for certain folder or files and certain applications, like internet explorer.
And all usb ports and dvd drive will be blocked. Only the admin will be allow to have full access.

So i need to do something that allow ( managers) to monitor employees activity on the system during working hours.

On one pc is windows xp pro on the other os windows 7 home premium.

Any idea how i can acomplish this task?

I.was thinking of group policy on both computers but on home premium there is not group policy.

Also the users will be using almost all the same programs and files just the with different information.

Thank you in advance.

A:group policy configuration and computer configuration question

Read this
But for Windows 7 Home Premium you will not have the
Local Security Policy so you may need to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro for that.

This is easier to control with a server like Windows Server 2003 or 2008.

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I'm having trouble Putting two Hard drives to work at the same time, The computer reads it but i only see drive c Not D or anything.
Can anyone help me please?
 

A:Dual Hard drive

Are they both IDE hard drives? If so, did you set the jumpers correctly? If you know you set all the jumpers correctly and everything, go to start>control panel>Administrative tools>Computer Management>Storage and see if the hard drive is shown there. If it is, it means it has not yet been formatted and you must format it before you can use it. However, if it doesn't appear here, that means either the jumpers are improperly configured or the hard drive isn't plugged in properly.
 

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Hi all i am considering having a master and slave drive system master for windows and programs slave for downloads and games now a question is if the slave drive gets a virus or such installed on it then am i correct in assuming that virus or such cannot integrate with and mess up my master drive programs
 

A:dual hard drive

The terms "master" and "save" refer to IDE jumpering. If you have multiple hard drives configured in Windows, regardless of how they're physically connected, a virus or malware can affect any or all of them.
 

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Been reading as much as I can and know there are limitations to what I'm asking. But when I dual booted all drive designations show up normally in Win 7.

In XP it shows the OS on drive I: Drive letters E thru H are taken by USB ports. This will cause a lot of confusion for the person that will actually use it. Is there a way during set-up that I can disable the USB ports so XP will show up on Drive letter E?

I'm willing to do a fresh install again. Have only loaded the OS for Win 7 and XP so far.

I installed Win 7 first then XP. Used Easy BCD to repair boot file. If installing XP first is better, I'm willing to do that.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and thanks just for reading
Robb

A:Win 7/XP dual boot drive letter question

Robb -

I think your idea to reinstall with XP being installed first this time will solve all of these issues.

Win7 when it is installed last will correctly configure the drive you are booted into to always be C and auto-install the Dual Boot Menu.

This is so much easier and more convenient that it's worth the trouble to reinstall.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Clean Install Windows 7

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I have two WD 30gig HD with data and I removed them from my other computer and installed them in a computer with 1000mz, 256mem, intel board.
The two drive are in the BIOS one as a master the othe a slave.
But I only see the master in win me. I also tried them in another and I see both on that computer.
Can anyone help.
 

A:dual hard drive problem

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Ok, I have 2 different HDD and both of them are plugged into SATA ports inside my tower. I am running Windows Home Edition on my primary master.

My other hard drive is just for storage and is my secondary master because for some reason it won't read it as a slave drive.

Windows XP Home Edition recognizes both drives.

My real problem is that under Computer Management, it says that both are "Primary Drives" and every time I try and install something, it automatically goes to my secondary master and tries to install it there and I want it to install on my primary master drive.

Help Please!
 

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Just like the title says.. can I dual boot using an ext. Hard drive. I found an old 250gb phanton hd I've never used. Figured I could throw it in there. Would vista dual boot to that. Or no??

A:Dual Boot with ext. Hard Drive

Let me rephrase this.. can I dual boot with a External Hard Drive that uses USB..

I know as long as the PC see's the HD. I can Dual Boot. But I meant to ask if it was ok if that HD uses USB for the connection, or is USB not fast enough, compared to say SATA with an internal.

Thanks in Advanced.

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I just picked up a new HP Envy DV7-7259nr. The laptop has two drive bays and I just added a SSD drive. I installed the drive in the primary hard drive bay, and moved the SATA drive to the secondary one. I made no changes to that drive. I installed Windows 8 using the HP restore disks that I created. I need to create another set, but I will open a separate thread for that. I had some issues with the restore set, but was able to finally get Windows 8 installed on the SSD. The other drive was not connected while I did this. Everything worked fine until I re-connected the SATA drive. Now the laptop is booting from it instead of the SSD. I cannot seem to find any information anywhere on how to make the laptop boot from the primary drive. I thought it would do that by default! There is no options in the BIOS to alter this, so I was looking for something to edit in Win8 to make this happen. I cannot change the drive letter of the boot drive in Disk Manager. I suppose if I just took the second drive out of the system and just formatted it that would work, but I would realy like to keep it as is for the time being. Has anybody else tried to have a setup like this? Any and all help would be appreciated!

A:Dual hard drive setup

Is your BIOS mode UEFI or legacy? Whichever, apparently you are able to get to your BIOS. When there, are you unable to access your boot menu? What happens when you try to access your boot menu using an F-key? Consider trying to boot to the startup options menu (Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8), and seeing if you can boot to the SSD from there. Also, consider this tutorial: Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8.

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having a problem hope someone can help i have a asus cusl2 motherboard pent 3 running one 40 gig with win xp home with is primary master and another 10 gig running win 98 as secondary master in order to switch from one drive to another i have to go into my bios and choose is their another way to do this shouldn't i got boot option on boot-up instead
 

A:dual hard drive booting

I believe a repair installation of XP will put the boot manager in place........however, wait for a second opinion
 

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