Windows Legacy OS forum

Question

xp reinstall question

by davepov / January 19, 2013 11:43 PM PST

my primary hard drive (WD 250gb SATA3) seems to be failing. (intermittently is seen/not seen by bios; missing system files; etc.) My backup drive (WD 500gb) has tons of space. Can I reinstall Windows XP on the backup drive and make that the primary without losing all the data I have stored there?

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: xp reinstall question
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: xp reinstall question
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Answer
Re: installing
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 20, 2013 12:00 AM PST
In reply to: xp reinstall question

Yes, you can. But it's easy to do it wrong and tell the installer to format the disk. So it makes a lot of sense to make a backup of that backup drive on an external hard disk.

One small point about SATA: the easy way to install of a SATA drive is to use an SP2 or SP3 install disk.

Kees

Collapse -
xp reinstall question
by davepov / January 20, 2013 12:30 AM PST
In reply to: Re: installing

Thanks for the reply. Would it be possible and helpful to first partition the backup in order to keep my backup data safe? Then install the OS to the other partition?

Collapse -
Re: partition
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 20, 2013 12:42 AM PST
In reply to: xp reinstall question

Before partitioning, I would make a backup to another disk. If anything happens during such an operation, you lose all. So it's possible, but not helpful.

Kees

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 47,885 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,322 discussions
icon
iPhones, iPods, & iPads 3,188 discussions
icon
Security 30,333 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,177 discussions
icon
HDTV Picture Setting 1,932 discussions
icon
Phones 15,713 discussions
icon
Windows 7 6,210 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,510 discussions

CNET Forums

Looking for tech help?

Whether you’re looking for dependable tech advice or offering helpful tricks, join the conversation in our forums.