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    New OS, Old HD, Still Complaining... (WinXP)

    OK, I installed XP last night and I already like it, but it's already frustrating (for me) too.
    I just revamped my entire system...new CPU/Mobo, new HDD - but I included my old primary drive as a slave.
    My old OS was Win98se...when I tried the same thing (with the HDDs) back then, 98 couldn't read my old primary drive/partitions.
    I qualified as a circus act with all the gyrations I went through to get the data back.
    I was told that with XP I wouldn't have that problem...it would recognize my data without any problems.
    That was all too true. It not only saw all the data on my slave drive (27gb) - it still recognizes it as drive C (thru drive E), and set the partition on my new 120gb drive as F.
    Now, it may not really matter, technically speaking, which is C and which is Z - but apparently I'm anally retentive in this area (is THAT why they're always calling me that?!) and I'd like to have my new, fast, way-too-big (famous last words) hard drive as C, and my other, older, maybe slower drive as the other partitions (including a separate one for my swapfile). But partitioning, at least as I know it, tells me that to do so I need to lose the data on the 27gb drive in order to do so.
    Hopefully my understanding is woefully out of date - and Woody's is where I always go to find out how much I don't know, so later I can brag about how I 'did it myself'. So here I am. note - I do have the most recent version of Partition Magic, if that might make anything easier.

    As a secondary question...I've always wondered in what order I should install types of software on a new system - OS first, of course... but after that should system tools, antivirus, partition magic, security - is there any 'recommended' order in which they should be installed? For instance, when uninstall software was all the rage, it needed to be installed right away, since it wouldn't uninstall anything that had been installed before it. That's what I'm wondering, sort of - will any of these types of software be more beneficial if installed before any others? (I hope that's clearer than mud!)

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    Re: New OS, Old HD, Still Complaining... (WinXP)

    The first thing that comes to mind with the new HD is, did you create a primary partition and activate it ? Also of course, did you move the jumpers on the old drive to "slave" And insure that the new drive jumper was "master"?

    Re: order of installation after O/S, I don't think there is any particular requirement, but I would install Utilities, like Norton Systemworks, ie,
    Then any others of my own order of importance.
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    Re: New OS, Old HD, Still Complaining... (WinXP)

    The driver lettering is probably because the C: partition on the older drive is still marked as active. You should be able to take care of that with Partition Magic. Using the Disk Administrator (found in Administrative Tools - Common or by right clicking My Computer and selecting Manage) you can re-order the drive letters any way you choose.

    Partition Magic will also allow you to perform these operations without data loss. That's not to say you should fly without a net and not back it up first, but only once have I had issues with Partition Magic and it ended up being a hardware problem.

    Where is XP installed? Is it installed on F:? Make sure you don't change the boot drive letter, or you may find yourself unable to log in.

    Regarding the software installations, the only thing I'd say in addition to Viking's recommendation is to take your time, install one thing at a time, and ensure that it works properly after installation. Most time you should be able to use System Restore to extricate yourself from any installations gone awry.
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    Re: New OS, Old HD, Still Complaining... (WinXP)

    Yes, the 'F:' drive is where I have XP installed. Does this mean I'm pretty much stuck with F as my primary partition? I imagine I could stumble my way through changing all that, but this time around (again, famous last words) I want to take the simplest, easiest route.

    I did change the jumpers on both drives, but I didn't take any steps toward actually creating a partition on the new (blank) drive - I figured I'd see what XP wanted to do about it. So I didn't use FDISK to partition the drive - if the new drive is partitioned, then XP did it.

    Again, thanks!
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    Re: New OS, Old HD, Still Complaining... (WinXP)

    My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> on order of installation of software on a freshly formatted drive - Partition Magic first (you can move programs onto different partitions after the fact with this tool, but why test your luck if you don't have to?) and create the partitions, then anti-virus, firewall, Office suite and then anything else.

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