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Installing Windows on a brand new HD

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I am looking at getting new hard drive for PC i have, bigger etc What i want to know if i buy Windows XP then can i just stick the OEM version in the disk drive and let it install or is there some… Read More
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
I am looking at getting new hard drive for PC i have, bigger etc

What i want to know if i buy Windows XP then can i just stick the OEM version in the disk drive and let it install or is there something i have to do first to get it to take the XP installation???

Thanks in advance, rep for helpful posts will be left :)
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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If you have an OEM version of windows, it should install fine as you won't have changed the motherboard. Make sure you back all your data up though unless you're having two hard drives.

You need to set in your bios to "boot from CD" and once you feed it the disk it will start automatically.
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Thanks ever so much Emasu not just a fab photographer but great PC brains an all!!! Especially considering your age you know a damn site might than a lot of peeps!! Tyvm xxx
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cant you just use the new harddrive as a slave for storage and keep in the origional hd for your operating system
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If its XP and a SATA hard drive you *might* need to install a driver disc for the SATA drives early in the boot-up process...
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Thankfully unlike older operating systems, 2k/XP/Vista have their own partition manager built into the setup process which means they can create the partitions for you on a blank drive.

However the issue mentioned above by jah128 is one to be aware of, if you go through the Windows setup process and it claims there are no drives available (disconnect your old drive to make sure it can't be touched) then you're going to need to load drivers for the new hard drive. XP has surprisingly basic hard drive support which means many non-IDE drives (RAID, SATA, SCSI etc.) need to have a driver loaded for them before Windows can see it. There are two ways to do this, the first is to use a floppy disc (!) - when Windows setup starts you'll see a message along the bottom "Press F6 to load additional drivers", if you hit F6 you can load the SATA drivers off the floppy disc and then continue as normal. The second technique is slightly more complicated but more convenient in use, you 'slipstream' the drivers by creating a new XP CD *with* the SATA drivers so that Windows will work as normal with no drivers needing to be loaded. No need to go into any more detail here though until you find if you need it or not.

What PC is it you have and what size of HD are you considering?

John
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Well will be a IDE Drive as it will be like for like, reason for a new HD is i want a bigger one ideally, well anyway.....went to do fresh install from the disk i get with the pc and its come up Registry Error when i tried to install the SP on it it just wont load in safe mode, last known config etc etc, so im wondering if its a sign to say dont bother with me, just get a bigger HD and new windows. It currently has XP on it but guessing if i completely format the drive the manufacturers disk wont work, i could be sooo wrong here lol
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Cant remember off hand wot it is

but think its a 2.8ghz P4, think its 120gb hd, 1gb of memory, and a good graphics card but forgotton what that is as well.

Reason for bigger hard drive is to hold plenty of music, love taking pics and sometimes take 60 per day, so its soon gonna build up, although they will be backed up, i like to keep them on pc in the event i need them.
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amcol
Cant remember off hand wot it is

but think its a 2.8ghz P4, think its 120gb hd, 1gb of memory, and a good graphics card but forgotton what that is as well.

Reason for bigger hard drive is to hold plenty of music, love taking pics and sometimes take 60 per day, so its soon gonna build up, although they will be backed up, i like to keep them on pc in the event i need them.


If it is a desktop PC rather than a laptop it is FAR BETTER to put a second hard drive in there as a slave rather than replace your existing master hard drive.

Assuming it is a reasonable sized PC case then there should be room for a second hard drive and fitting one is fairly easy. Plus you do not have to re-install Windows.

Also note that if you already have Windows on the PC you do not need to go out and buy another copy of Windows. Assuming it is a legal copy, and you have the CD somewhere, then you can just re-install it.

Having said that, my suggestion of a second hard drive in the case as a slave is my preferred suggestion.

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