using xp based drive as slave on new vista based computer??

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by wallster, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. wallster

    wallster Guest

    i always have a problem with subject wording!
    Here's my full question with background: I have (had) a windows xp
    based system that worked great but the mobo took a shit. Since it had
    served me well, i bought a new system to replace it with. The new
    computer uses the vista os, not xp. Can i change the jumpers on the
    (maxtor 60g) hard drive and install it as a slave drive (using ide
    dual drive ribbon connector from the mobo to the dvd drive). I would
    like to keep some files and programs so i can transfer them over to
    the new hd. Also, should i install the old drive before or after i do
    the first start up for the vista based pc? I hate the looks of the
    vista os but that's life, keeps changing.
    thanks in advance,

    wallster, Feb 15, 2007
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  2. wallster

    Steve Urbach Guest

    Personally, I would get Vista settled down *before* I added anything.

    1) If something takes a dump, you have *not* modified the original
    2)Reduces the chance that something during setup will 'walk' on your
    old data.

    Check the jumper setting on the drive in your NEW system, it may use
    CS (Cable Select), just add the drive to the cable using the same
    Note: If the OLD drive is many years old (UDMA low number), it might
    be better to add it to the DVD cable (Second IDE channel) for
    performance reasons.

    My 2 cents.
    Steve Urbach, Feb 16, 2007
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  3. wallster

    wallster Guest

    Thanks Steve. I loaded the Vista first and then added the old hd via a
    dual plug 80 wire ide ribbon. I copied almost all the data to the new
    hd but vista has so many security "upgrades" there were a few that i
    just couldn't remove. I removed the old hd and put it back in the old
    pc and i'm having a new mobo installed as a back up pc. Lesson
    learned: Back up all important files to separate a storage drive
    (external, thumb drive, cd rom, etc.) and put pictures and programes
    in a FILE not in my documents folders.
    I really hate vista so far but it might just be that i'm running on
    little sleep and i'm not familiar with all the bells and whistles.
    Time will tell.
    Thanks again for the response.

    wallster, Feb 16, 2007
  4. wallster

    Steve Urbach Guest

    Glad you had success.

    Doing a Vista on little sleep may not be a good idea :-/
    Been playing with it since RC1, Some things are annoying but I am
    willing to put up with for the added security from "malware" (no sneak
    Drivers and old equipment (forced obsolescence) is the biggest Vista

    IMHO it has taken Microsoft 20 years to come up with the level of
    security that UNIX has (can you Unix types say SU?).
    Steve Urbach, Feb 17, 2007
  5. wallster

    wallster Guest

    I was checking out the new MAC commercial and Vista locked up! Now
    that's ironic. Once i upgraded quicktime (after a bunch of warnings, i
    saw the spot. Check it out.. pretty funny (and acurate!)

    wallster, Feb 17, 2007
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    Steve Urbach Guest

    Steve Urbach, Feb 17, 2007
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