Format ow overwrite both drives & start with a fresh install of XP (which you were planning on anyway)
Just back-up your data & start fresh
I recently installed an 80G drive as slave to a 40G drive. Using the supplied Western Digital software I used one of its options to create a partition suitable to copy data and store it in file format--not to run windows. Using same software I backed up entire xp now on C drive to this drive in file format. It seems to work when I copy data from it back to xp on the C drive.
Now think it silly to use an 80G drive solely to b/u xp. Would like to make it the primary drive. Would also like to have a working xp on both drives. The WD software seems to copy data back and forth well. Am 70 years old and this stuff doesn't come easy.
Can I exchange master and slave drives and end up with the current working xp by:
1. Creating a new b/u fldr on dr. C (current master)?
2. Copying the b/u I have on E (slave) to this fldr.?
3.Physically switching the 2 drives?
4. Confirming old E is now master and vice versa?
5. Using the W.D. program to formt E as a master. My understanding of the software options is it will format?
6. Installing xp from CD to new master?
7. Copying B/U fldr (from step 1) to new master thereby updating xp with service pack, settings, etc.?
And wouldn't that leave the slave (old C) with a working XP?
Sorry to be so long winded, but am reluctant to try without a good idea it will work. Your comments on this and or any better ideas would be most welcome.