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Dont know how to do this.

by tindal67 / September 7, 2010 2:06 AM PDT

First of all I have an older computer,about 9 yrs.I have been running windows XP pro.I dont know a lot about PCs but I have been doing well until my great grand son started using it with me.It's only 40GB and with the two of us using it,it filled up pretty guick.So I bough a WD 160GB and connected up. Put windows in the computer and booted up. The install would not take.I tryed to web around and find answers.I have a Gateway E-3400. 512ram, I was wondering if someone could walk me though this install.

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The easiest way in your situation ...
by Edward ODaniel / September 7, 2010 5:06 AM PDT

would be to make use of the manufacturer software that came with the new hard drive and simply clone the old drive to the new, larger drive. The software is usually on a bootable CD that came in the box with the disk or available on the manufacturer's web site.

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Thanks !
by tindal67 / September 8, 2010 3:16 AM PDT

In my case,nothing came with the drive.I had ordered more things.It just came in a sealed plastic cantainer.No instructions.I'm about to send it back. Thanks Again.

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Or Why Not Use Both Drives? Leave the Original As The Main..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 7, 2010 6:24 AM PDT

..primary drive, then install the second drive as the secondary/slave drive.. You could then use the operating system as it was originally installed and add any extra files, documents, videos, music, etc. to the larger slave drive.

It would be nice to know what you mean by "the install would not take"? Were there any error messages? If so, what were they..

One important note: The first edition of Windows XP did not recognize large hard drives such as the one you have now.. Windows XP Service Pack 1 or 2 or later is required to correctly recognize the larger hard drive.

As to the correct way to install Windows XP on a new hard drive, see the link below:

Hope this helps.


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