Switching Hard Drives?

By Lil Psycho
Sep 6, 2008
  1. ok first let me say my knowledge of computers is limited but not non-exsistant.

    I am runing a custom computer and would like to switch out the 80 gig internal HDD with windows XP pro for a 40 gig internal with windows XP Home instaled on it the 40 gig has a partition C: drive and D: drive.

    D: drive being the recovery. my understanding of computers is not good enoph for me to know how to do this and this is were i need help.

    the system i would be instaling the 40 Gig drive on has these specs.

    Motherboard--Elitegroups K7VTA3
    Processor--AMD athlon XP 2500+
    Video Card--Nvidia GeForce 6200 256MB DDR2 TV DVI AGP
    Power supply-450w rosewill model LC-A400 ATX
    Xtreme Sound 7.1/24bit sound card

    any help will be apreciated.

    Thank You
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Why don't you just leave the 80GB drive in place and add the 40GB as extra storage. There is no need to have a separate "recovery" partition in a custom computer. OEM computers like HP, Gateway and Dell have recovery partitions to save money by not having to supply recovery CD's and extra hard drives...

    It is never a good idea to place a hard drive with an Operating System already on it, in another computer...
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