add a second XP hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Talk' started by Bob, Jan 1, 2008.

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    Bob Guest

    I have Vista Home Premium pre-installed on my new machine. Is there a way to
    add my old XP hard drive to my Vista machine?
     
    Bob, Jan 1, 2008
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    Bob Furtaw Guest

    More info needed as to what you want:

    Is the drive in your new machine a SATA or PATA drive? (probably SATA ??)
    Is the old drive a SATA of PATA drive? (Probably PATA ??)
    Is there a space in your new computer for HD?
    If they are the same and you have the space and the connectors or there,
    then it should be a "drop right in".
    If not then it gets complicated quickly.

    Do you just want more space on the new machine or are you expecting all the
    programs and files from your old drive to work on the new machine?

    Simple, most likely, generic answer.

    Buy an external USB, PATA hard drive box and Power Supply (empty). Put your
    old drive in this box and connect to you USB port. It should come right up
    and you can see all your old files. It will show up as a newly mounted
    drive (Letter). Generally, DO NOT expect to run any PROGRAMs from this
    drive unless you reinstall them.

    More help can be had if you can provide more details as to what you want.

    Bob F.
     
    Bob Furtaw, Jan 1, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    Thanks for the quick response Bob.

    How do I determine if I have SATA or PATA drives?

    If I buy an external USB, PATA hard drive box and Power Supply (empty) and
    put my old drive in the box and connect it to a USB port will I have the
    option to boot to either XP or Vista?
     
    Bob, Jan 1, 2008
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    Bob Furtaw Guest

    Go to Start>Computer, right click on OS(C:)>Properties>Hardware. Lookup the
    model number of your drive on the Internet. ...or
    Look internally at the cable connection and compare with the information at:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA
    Short answer...no. Long answer, you can re-build an XP OS on the USB drive,
    use some complex settings and get the USB to boot. Too many steps to
    discribe here.
     
    Bob Furtaw, Jan 1, 2008
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