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    Hard Drives (XP PRO)

    I have A 4G Hard Drive that has XP Pro.I Bought A 20G Hard Drive That I Am Now Using With XP Pro.My question Is, I do not have the 4G pluged in anymore, although i had it set up as the Primary Slave At one time.I could go into BIOS and boot up under the 4G or Change and boot up under the 20G.What can I do with the 4G to make better us of it?The 4G is full of the same stuff i have on my 20G.Can i just use it for storage and if so what do i do with all the crap thats on it now.and does it have to remain bootable.As you can tell im a new boot on computers.I have been reading and working to learn as much as possible. I want to make my computer run as best as i can,I have an Intel Pent 3, 930MHZ ,640 SDRAM

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    Re: Hard Drives (XP PRO)

    Hey Cowboy,

    You could go two routes. I'd use the 4GB drive as the XP boot drive and keep all my data and program files on the separate, larger drive.

    If you don't want to revert to the 4GB and want to make use of that drive, I'd install it in the system on the second IDE channel and use it for the following:
    <UL><LI>The Windows Swap File
    <LI>Temporary Internet Files
    <LI>TEMP and TMP folders[/list]Moving the system's swap file to a second physical drive should result in better performance, because XP can talk to both IDE channels at the same time. You can also split the page file across both drives and get similar performance. Moving all of your temporary files to that secondary drive will help prevent disk fragmentation, which is a definite performance killer.

    Certainly other folks will chime in with their own ideas (I hope), but that gives you an idea of what you can do with it.
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    Re: Hard Drives (XP PRO)

    Another very good use for a small drive is as a place to put daily backups of all your files. You could probably have both your swapfile and a daily backup of all your data on there.

    StuartR

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    Re: Hard Drives (XP PRO)

    Can I do any of those things with it as a primary slave?And how?Like i said im very new to this stuff.

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    Re: Hard Drives (XP PRO)

    does it have to remain bootable or do you have to change the format.And how do you change your swapfile over to the primary slave drive{ the 4G}Sorry guys for the stupid questions.im trying to learn.

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    Re: Hard Drives (XP PRO)

    The only stupid question is the one you don't ask. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    You don't need to have it remain bootable, but you also don't need to change it. You will benefit more from making it a master or slave on the secondary - not the primary - IDE channel in your PC, due to the way XP talks to IDE hard drives.

    There was a recent discussion in this thread about swap files, rempt files, and such. Peruse that, and see if it answers your questions - there are screen shots and a lot of detailed discussion on exactly what you're trying to accomplish. Couple that with using the drive for backups, and I think you'll be making excellent use of that extra 4GB!
    -Mark

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