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Installing new hard drive, change name of old HD

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Using win xp home, sp 2
1.33 gigahertz AMD Athlon
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD MS-6738
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 04/18/2003

I want to change existing HD with drives C & E, to drive D & F without reformatting or losing any existing data.

I will be removing a 10 gig hard drive, currently labeled drive D & F.

Installing a new WD 80 gig hard drive, which I will partition and format as drive C & E and do a new install of Win XP home.


When I change the jumpers from Primary to Slave, on original C drive, and the new HD jumpered as Primary, will the BIOS automatically change the slave HD from C & E, to D & F? (new HD will be plugged in at end of ribbon cable, and secondary will be plugged in to middle ribbon connector)

Thanks

Ben

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Win XP does the allocating

by first in first served - if you want to change after systems boots for the first time just change in admin tools - computer manager - disk manager - then right click on the drive and select "change drive letter"
You may have to do a bit of swapping about eg to swap c with d do the following:-
c>z
d>c
z>d
Follow?

Peter

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not sure of proper sequence to do this

Thanks Peter,


"You may have to do a bit of swapping about eg to swap c with d do the following:-
c>z
d>c
z>d
Follow?"

I understand the above, but don't know proper time to do this.
I am installing brand new WD 80 gig HD so at this point nothing is installed on new drive.
Are you saying I should change what is now... C drive, to D, before I remove the old D drive?

Ben

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Let me explain

I was just giving you a hypothetical method of swapping disk letters around - in your case you wont have to because I think XP will allocate exactly what you want - however, you haven't said if you have a CDROM drive - because you might find when you install the drives your CDROM take over the F drive and the second partition of your old drive becomes G - if this happens and you want that this second partition to be F and the CDROM to be G then you will have to do some thing like the following

F you change to Z
G you change to F
Z you change to G

You will have to do the above because you cant change directly, ie you can change the old hard disk from g to F because your CDROM is using it - so you have to free it up by calling it Z - follow now? - if you dont, you will see what I mean if, and when you come to change letters.
Peter

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Icons & shortcuts...

Don't forget about icons and shortcuts. When you switch drive letters, they will no longer work without updating. It may take a while...

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(NT) (NT) Thanks Peter & dagger

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