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Att. Tufenut

by Stan Helt / April 22, 2004 4:24 AM PDT

How about this one ? The hard drive in this PC is 40 Gigs and is formated in Windows XP Pro. I want to put back the old drive, 20 Gigs, formated in Windows 98, into this PC too. Can I move, copy, or drag items from it to the newer drive ? If yes please keep your answer simple (KISS) for me. I'm not as good at this as I wish I were.

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Re: Att. Tufenut
by ChuckT / April 22, 2004 5:59 PM PDT
In reply to: Att. Tufenut

Short answer, yes.
To avoid conflict of same folder names being used, just create a folder on your new drive and call it something unique and meaningful, like "MyOldDrive"

Than copy whatever you like from the physical OLD DRIVE into that new "MyOldDrive" folder.

The long answer involves your intent of doing all this. You don't expect the old programs to automatically start working, do you? They won't, but with work you can make it so.

You may be copying a whole lot of files needlessly, like some or all of the system files from the hard drive will be almost useless on the new drive.

There are lots of other things too, but you wanted it KISS.

Good luck.

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Re:Att. Tufenut
by Themisive / April 22, 2004 8:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Att. Tufenut

Yes you can, the easiest way is to put the drive in as a second drive, you can even keep the same formatting (FAT32) as 98! A lot easier than copying the data isn't it!

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Re:Re:Att. Tufenut
by Stan Helt / April 23, 2004 10:53 PM PDT
In reply to: Re:Att. Tufenut

Thank You Sir. I'll give it a shot.

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Re:''curiousity'' question
by jonah jones / April 24, 2004 2:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:Att. Tufenut

is XP 'clever' enough to offer a dual boot (assuming that the OS is still on the HD) automatically?


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by Merl Priester / April 24, 2004 4:35 AM PDT

You would need to install 98 first and XP on the next partition to get the autmatic dual boot.

Some bios will let you select which drive to boot from but the drive letters will be screwed up since both OS were installed to C: originally.

There are 3rd party software that will hide the non used drive and boot from the one you want, making it C: but I wouldn't recommend it. Also when 98 is booted XP cannot be accessed (NTFS) and when using this method the 98 drive is not usuable either( it would be hidden).

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Re:thanks Merle
by jonah jones / April 24, 2004 8:58 PM PDT
In reply to: No

of course, as soon as i read your post, i realised i knew the answer already...

*hindsight is always 20/20*


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