3: Doesn't matter (from an efficiency standpoint)
4: From an efficiency standpoint, it makes no difference. From a backup standpoint, it might not be a bad idea. Just don't let things linger too long without backing them up to DVD (and reburn the DVDs every 2-3 years, since they tend to go bad after a time, also NEVER use those CD label kits that have an adhesive. It seeps through and causes decay on the data side of the disc)
I posted a discussion titled ''Dual hard drive install'' yesterday about having a corrupted Windows install and how to fix. I bought an 80 gig drive at CompUSA for $30 after rebates and installed that as the master and put WinXP on it. Once the system was up and stable (note to self: get firewall and anti-virus going before venturing onto the internets), I put in my old 250 gig as a slave drive. Thankfully I can recover all my pictures, songs and programs off the old one. However, I want to make this system as efficient as possible. So I have a few questions:
1) Can I delete all the WinXP files off the 250 gig, as the boot drive is the 80 gig? It's unnecessary to have it on both, especially as the 250 gig WinXP install is corrupt.
2) Some programs are not running off of the 250 gig that did before. Do I have to reinstall these on part of the 80 gig? Things like AVG Anti-virus aren't working from that location.
3) I put Windows on its own 10 gig partition of the 80 gig. Should I install all new programs to that partition, or the remaining 70 gig partition, or even a partition on the 250 gig. Like I said, efficiency is the goal.
4) I am now trying to be more careful with valuable data, so I'd like to make sure my pics and songs don't disappear. Other than backing them up to a DVD-R, should I put them on the 250 gig disk that doesn't contain the OS, so that should I have to reinstall WinXP, I will not risk losing my stuff? That was a close call, and I'd like to not take the chance again.
I think that's all. I basically need to know if I can run things off the 250 gig, if I should copy them over, or what to do to maximize efficiency and minimize risks of data loss. Thanks for the help. If there's an article I can be pointed to, I'm all ears.