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Help in installing a 2nd instance of XP in another volume

Hello, all;

My C drive (500GB) is my usual boot drive. It has no problems; this is a precautionary measure. I want to use a newly installed 1TB, drive I as my default boot drive, and rebuild C later. My Virtual CD ROM (VCdRom.sys) is mounted with an ISO of XP PRO OEM (my CD-ROM no longer burns). The virtual CD ROM (VCdRom.sys, drive Z) is mounted with an ISO of XP PRO OEM.

Question: What do I need to do to install that version of XP on Drive I? And can I use my registered 25 digit genuine serial number, the one that's on the C drive, or should I just install it as an OEM with the serial I have for it?
Thanks in advance,

Mally Confused

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Should be fun.

In reply to: Help in installing a 2nd instance of XP in another volume

I've yet to set such work properly. That's why I fix the failed hardware when I need to do this.

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Any one else with an idea?

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Drat, that's not what I hoped to hear, but thanks for responding, Bob. I use my computer for work, and there would be too much to do to set up a new drive without loosing business, even if I happened to lose it on a Friday night. I've gone through that nightmare before; never again.

I do have my original SP1 disc. I could boot the new drive and install that version of XP from it, then use the ISO to upgrade to a newish version of SP3. Might that work? Could I do that without tearing into my machine to detach the other two drives (one has two partitions that hold Data and Appy .exe files) again via the CMOS?

Thanks in advance,


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Re: install

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You can't boot from the ISO to install XP.
So your options are, indeed: (1) burn to disk and install that or (2) install another version for which you have the disk.

But I think it would be much better to clone your current drive to the new one (that's an exact copy). Then go into the case and switch the 2 cables. And there you are: you boot from the new drive and the old drive isn't used at all, so you can safely format it and start using it for other purposes.


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Thanks, Bob and Kees!

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I don't want to clone my C drive to the new one; it's several years old, and has errant bits of software and whatnots I don't want to bring onto a new drive. I want to do a clean install of Windows XP and all the software I still use on it. It looks as though I will have some cable swapping to make, but you've both given me a sufficient spring board from which to work, and I thank you.



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